MiriamJordan To stanch the flow of illegal migrants, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is preparing a national operation to deport Central American families in the U.S. who have evaded removal orders, according to a government official with knowledge of the plan.
Raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS unit, would begin in January and target hundreds of families that entered the U.S. illegally and who have ignored a final order to leave the country, said the official. Such an order is issued by a judge in immigration court.
The number of families showing up at the southwest border has begun to swell in recent months as gang-related crime grips El Salvador and Honduras
Christmas just got a little less merry for Central American families living in the United States illegally, with the news that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is planning a nationwide program of raids starting in January aimed at facilitating the mass deportation of people facing removal
The story, first broken by The Washington Post late Wednesday night, was picked up by news services across the country on Christmas Eve. The aim of the program is to reduce the number of Central American immigrants in the country illegally — a figure that has soared in the past year as families and individuals, including unaccompanied children, flee alleged worsening crime and violence in their home countries.
Related: How Big Is Trump’s Lead? It Depends on the Poll
Estimates suggest that in the past year, more than 100,000 families with children have crossed the southern border illegally. Many of them have been apprehended by authorities, brought before an immigration judge and denied permission to stay in the U.S. as refugees or in another capacity.
It is those families, who have been afforded due process and been ordered to leave the country, who will be the primary target of the raids, according to The Post.
The news sparked immediate protest from supporters of undocumented immigrants, and those who believe that people fleeing violence in their home counties ought to be given a safe haven in the U.S.
Politicians, like Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, also weighed in.
While it is common to refer to people fleeing violence in Central America as refugees, as O’Malley did, the term has a specific legal meaning that includes criteria many of them simply do not meet. To be eligible for asylum, they have to demonstrate not only fear of persecution, but a special status that makes them particularly likely to be targets. In addition, they have to show that the government of their home country cannot protect them (or is responsible for the persecution in the first place).
Related: Caught in a Falsehood, Clinton Takes a Page from the Trump Playbook
The move by immigration officials comes at a time when debates over the issues of illegal immigration and the granting of refugee status have become particularly poisonous.
Donald Trump entered the GOP presidential race with promises to wall off the U.S. from Mexico to protect the country from people he described as murderers and rapists. When he called for a ban to prevent all Muslims from entering the country, the cries that such a ban based on religion runs counter to American values was matched by a considerable chorus of support for Trump’s plan.
One of Trump’s signature promises is that he will orchestrate the mass deportation of every person living in the U.S. illegally — a number estimated to be about 12 million. Any serious analyst who has looked at the proposal has dismissed it as impossibly intrusive and expensive, and unlikely to work. It nevertheless continues to generate cheers from thousands of people who turn up at the rallies Trump holds across the country as part of his presidential campaign.
The idea of ICE agents kicking down doors and rounding up families for a mass deportation didn’t originate with Trump, but it wouldn’t sound strange coming from his mouth. If it demonstrates anything, it’s that when it comes to dealing with the issue of illegal immigration in the U.S., the bounds of what is considered acceptable public policy have plainly shifted in a more authoritarian,
This administration has no efn clue what they're doing. Everyone thought idiot Bush was bad... This moron can't make up his mind.
Complete sh@t show... If this was a public company, the entire administration would be given a Q and delisted to the pink sheets. OBMAQ.PK
Various statements in this report, including those that express a belief, expectation or intention, as well as those that are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements may include projections and estimates concerning the timing and success of specific projects. Especially that whole Hope and Change thing...
IMO, more smoke and mirrors. So they deport 50 families, and let 2 million stay...
And we are trying hard to defeat ISIS too, by bombing them...