The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating kids from parents ended in June of 2018, after massive outrage. But Andrea and her sisters are among more than 950 kids the ACLU now claims were taken from parents after that date.
In early 2018, Omar Helalat was a student at SUNY Albany about to graduate and start an internship in New York City. Today, Helalat has been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention for over a year. It's all because of a strange quirk in US immigration law related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.
New York has long had one of the most favorable immigration courts in the nation for asylum-seekers, but the number of immigrants who are denied asylum has nearly doubled, as compared to four years ago.