In an Aug. 31 speech on immigration in Phoenix, Donald Trump claimed that sanctuary cities “have resulted in so many needless deaths.” Not only was he factually inaccurate, but a federal court decision last month has vindicated the policies Trump and his supporters revile.
Migrant families with children are crossing the border again as they did in 2014, straining Border Patrol resources. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said “more families and unaccompanied children are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.”
Border security includes more agents, fencing, ground sensors, surveillance cameras with night vision, radar, helicopters, and drones. Still, Donald Trump’s call for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico has reinforced perceptions that the border is out of control.
Immigrants in the U.S. illegally have no right to free legal counsel, so the vast majority who appear in immigration court stand alone before a judge. A new initiative suggests just how valuable legal aid can be. Since 2013, the New York Immigrant Family Unit Program has provided publicly funded attorneys for poor detainees in removal proceedings at a Manhattan immigration court. And deportations there have plunged.
State Attorney General Mark Brnovich says officers should not prolong stops or arrests under six-year-old law to verify a person’s immigration status. Opinion was issued to end dispute with immigrant rights groups.
The “patchwork” of local laws and federal actions is no way to make policy, says the co-author of a new book that applies real data to an issue that’s been clouded by polarizing rhetoric and misinformation this election campaign.