Two North Carolina congressmen are slamming the Trump administration as “callous” and “cruel” after an immigrant who sought refuge from deportation in a church was arrested after arriving at an appointment with immigration officials.
A majority of midterm voters supported keeping the state’s decades-old policy preventing local police from making immigration arrests.
Thirty years before blue states like California went to war with the Trump administration over enforcing immigration policies, an Oregon state representative named Rocky Barilla proposed the law that created the nation’s first sanctuary state. At the time, he recalls, it wasn’t controversial. “Republicans loved it,” says Barilla, now retired.
U.S. District Court records show a Nov. 13 hearing on the government’s request to dismiss Ded Rranxburgaj’s petition to stop a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement order for removal after his legal status expired.
The Justice Department has been doling out nearly $200 million in public safety grants to selected cities across the country in the last few weeks.
The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute says Tuesday that about 69 percent of arrests during the first 135 days of the Trump administration were transfers from criminal custody. That’s compared with more than 85 percent during the early years of the Obama administration.
Facing deportation to Mexico and fearing separation from his children,Javier Flores Garcia took refuge last year in a Methodist church in downtown Philadelphia. Members of the congregation prepared a makeshift bedroom for him in the basement, and promised to give him sanctuary, no matter how long he needed it.