Prominent immigrant advocate Ravi Ragbir was detained in New York City, but agents sent him to Florida after saying that they would deport him. A judge told the government to bring him back while his case is being heard.
The Department of Homeland Security has called for more immigration detention facilities to open along the US-Mexico border. And negotiations between a private prison company and the government have already begun in the Rio Grande Valley.
Federal authorities had previously granted Guadalupe Garcia permission to stay in the US. There is a federal civil rights case against Phoenix’s former sheriff and the types of raids that she was swept up in.
Ravi Ragbir, from his office at Judson Memorial Church in New York City, says immigrants shouldn't go into hiding. That's why he's keeping his scheduled check-in with immigration agents, even if it means he might be deported to Trinidad.
President-elect Donald Trump has clarified his threat to deport undocumented immigrants. Early in the campaign he threatened to remove all of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. Now he says only those with criminal records will be removed, which he places at two to three million people.