“The only solution was to be far away where I didn’t feel scared every day,” says Maria de Jesus, a mother fleeing from her abusive ex-boyfriend in Guatemala. With the help of a smuggler, she reached the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes to be welcomed as a domestic violence survivor.
While the Biden administration has made progress in lowering the number of child migrants and families detained at the border, the number of undocumented adults attempting to cross into the U.S. continues to rise.
A program designed to ensure undocumented individuals are treated with due process has turned into a vehicle for mass incarceration without the legal protections of the justice system and should be ended, warns a North Carolina law professor.
A panel of 40 jurists calling themselves the Round Table of Former Immigration Judges, said Trump-era policies had turned immigration courts into “cogs in the deportation machine” and “immigration judges into prosecutors.