Various branches of the federal government worked in tandem to time interviews with migrants in order to arrest and sometimes deport them more expeditiously, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts alleges in a lawsuit.
I have been thinking lately about a letter that I received from President Barack Obama in the fall of 2011. In it, he offered me his congratulations and praised my determination, in terms that were deeply gratifying, if a little over the top—he told me that I “represent the promise of the American Dream.” Of course, it wasn’t a personal letter; the signature at the bottom was a facsimile.
In late June, amid the uproar over President Donald Trump’s family separation policy, the commissioners of a conservative Texas county voted to end an agreement that allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain about 500 women at the T. Don Hutto detention center near Austin. But ICE may be working to keep the controversial facility open anyway.
For the past few months, images of distressed migrant children have populated American newsfeeds and television screens.
Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who announced the findings Monday, ordered the probe in June in response to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of youth held at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center.
Donald Trump’s antipathy to immigrants has been a defining feature of his rise to power and his presidency. He has focused much of that ire, personally and in his policies, on undocumented immigrants. But there are signs he wants to target documented immigrants, too. In February, Reuters reported that the Department of Homeland Security was “considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance.”
The Trump administration finally has a plan to reunite the hundreds of migrant children whose parents were separated from them at the border and then deported while the president’s family separation policy was in effect.
On a warm, dry afternoon in late May, Jasmine Mendoza arrived at a rural elementary school outside Montpelier, Vermont. Trailing close behind was her 5-year old son Cruz, who was set to begin kindergarten the following Monday, just weeks before the school year would end.
New York City officials estimated that at least a million people here could be hurt by this plan, warning that the children of immigrants seeking green cards would be most vulnerable.
The Trump administration is currently finalizing a plan to prevent documented, “legal” immigrants who have received any public assistance from attaining citizenship.