The increase in refusals comes as cities in California, Florida and other “sanctuary” states emerged as the prime targets of orders issued by immigration authorities to hold individuals suspected of violations during 2019, according to figures released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
A study by the Immigrant Defense Project finds that the federal agency strategically targets New York courthouses for undocumented immigrant arrests— a move it claims will have a chilling effect on immigrants’ willingness to collaborate with courts across the state.
Before the ‘sanctuary’ concept became widespread, a short-lived federal program suspended a requirement that police cooperate with immigration enforcement authorities. In one of the first studies of the program’s impact, a researcher found it made Hispanic residents of Dallas more likely to reach out to cops.
Human trafficking and organized crime have increased since the administration toughened immigration policies, an immigration writer told an Oct. 9 John Jay conference. That’s made both legal and illegal immigrants—particularly women—vulnerable to exploitation, speakers said.
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.