The president’s new order, following his Wednesday decision to end the practice of separating children from parents at detention centers, instructs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask for court approval to “detain alien families together.” Immigrant advocates say that is not a good solution to the problem.
A media investigation found that Pennsylvania troopers and some local officers were helping federal authorities round up immigrants for deportation, using tactics that raise questions about racial profiling and unlawful arrest.
The number of administrative arrests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials rose from 108,372 in 2016, to 139,552 in 2017, but they still remain at half the levels they were at between 2008 and 2012, according to the TRAC Immigration Project.
For Amada Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who has taken refuge in a New York church with her family, it’s a question of life or death. Identified in an ICE database after a driving offense, she is subject to deportation and a return to a homeland where she believes her children’s lives would be in danger.
Profiling young Latinos as “gang members”—often with little evidence beyond a suspect tattoo— has “devastating” consequences for individuals and their communities, according to a study by the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.
Brooklyn, NY DA Eric Gonzalez, Seattle prosecutor Dan Satterberg and former Nassau County (NY) prosecutor Meg Reiss condemn recent ICE courthouse arrests, charging they “infringe the ability of local officials to protect the rights of victims, witnesses and defendants” and threaten our democracy.
During the year ending September 30, U.S. border agents made 310,531 arrests, a decline of 24 percent from the previous year and the fewest overall since 1971. Arrests of foreigners living illegally in the U.S. surged under Trump.
Richard Ross testified in federal court in connection with Philadelphia’s lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to withhold federal funding from cities that give sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.