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Democrats running for president have said they would support extending government health care coverage to undocumented immigrants — a big shift, since undocumented immigrants currently have little access to federal programs.
The immigration court backlog now exceeds 1 million cases, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration court data.
Regardless, a more compassionate immigration system wouldn’t subject migrants to this test. For many immigrants, being deported is a matter of life or death, as returning to their home countries often means they are in danger of being killed. Why should such a fate depend upon whether a migrant can read a government document?
The disconnect between its ivory-tower exercise in interpreting the law in this instance and the inhumanity that goes against decades of immigration policy and the reputation of this country as a haven for those in need are a staggering commentary and inconsistent with the intent of our founding documents.
This story is part of an occasional series, “Outsourcing Migrants,” produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
“It’s most difficult for families who have to share really traumatic experiences under really stressful circumstances,” she said, “And now with someone without the appropriate knowledge or training.”
Six children have already died in CBP custody, three of them of influenza. “We don’t have the capability to handle the masses that are coming across at this time,” the CBP official said in an interview, adding that “Congress needs to fix this.”
Thousands of migrants are being forced by the Trump administration to wait in Mexico while their requests for asylum wind through clogged immigration courts.
The U.S. Supreme Court last week allowed a Trump administration rule to temporarily take effect that will radically reduce the number of migrants eligible to seek U.S. asylum. Judges and asylum officers are now being directed to implement it.
Critics say the policy could dramatically limit the number of people using social safety net programs by creating a chilling effect that could discourage noncitizens and permanent residents from renewing or applying for benefits for which they are qualified.
“The Jewish community with one loud voice is saying, ‘Close the camps,’” Cohen told the protesters gathered at the Metropolitan Detention Center, a prison facility used to temporarily house immigration detainees. Some nodded, holding signs above their heads that read, “This is what ‘Never Again’ looks like,” and “All immigrants are welcome here.” Together, they recited the mourner’s kaddish, theprayer for the dead.