Homeland Security chief John Kelly says the crackdown at the U.S.-Mexico border will deter vulnerable women from making the dangerous trip north. But if he wants to prevent sexual abuse of immigrants, he should look closer to home—at the actions of his own border agents, says an immigration expert.
ICE spent an average of $10,854 per deportee during the fiscal year that ended in September. Trump has promised to deport all of the estimated 2 million unauthorized migrants with criminal histories now living in the U.S. He’s going to need a much bigger budget.
Newly empowered federal agents have intensified their pursuit of undocumented immigrants under Trump. A Seattle prosecutor says immigrants have quickly come to fear the U.S. justice system. He says, “The federal government, in really just a couple of months, has undone decades of work that we have done to build this trust.”
Proposed presidential budget cut disappoints officials in places like Miami-Dade County, which became the first jurisdiction to shed its “sanctuary city” status by complying with Trump’s immigration authorities.
“Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
The 15,000 new agents sought by the President would cost $1.38 billion to $1.48 billion annually. “What is the evidence that this is going to make the difference that you want to make? (That is what) is missing right now,” says Ryan Alexander of Taxpayers for Common Sense.