The Trump administration has recently implemented a policy of separating migrant children from their parents if they cross the southern border other than at a checkpoint. But they began testing a similar policy a year ago.
A pregnant woman from Honduras and her young daughter broke away from a caravan and crossed the Rio Grande to get to the US. Had she done so just a few weeks later, she would have been arrested and separated from her child under a new DHS policy.
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.
Some 100,000 people passed through the state’s four immigrant detention centers last year. The Dignity Not Detention bill will have to wait for the federal government to decide if it wants private companies detaining people.
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.
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr. is on the shortlist to lead the Department of Homeland Security in Trump’s administration. But his record is of deep concern to immigrants and their advocates who have been battling his policies for years.
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.