The current presidential administration has ramped up immigration law enforcement to such a strict degree that foreign nationals living in the United States are getting arrested at a terrifying pace. Even permanent residents with green cards, who have lived in the United States for decades are at risk of getting arrested by ICE agents. However, the people who are most at risk of deportation are the many undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
The White House announced that it is moving as many as 1,600 immigrants waiting for deportation hearings to federal prison. The transfer of immigrants reveals how many undocumented residents of the United States have already been arrested under the current presidential administration and its efforts to implement a tighter fist on immigration control.
Many people assume that once a convict or detainee heads to prison or detention center, his or her primary concern is simply attempting to prison life and working towards re-entering society. While these things are true, in a sense, the rights and privileges of prisoners and detainees are still a serious civil rights concern, especially when those rights get exploited or violated. For immigration detainees, this is especially troubling, because they often have fewer rights under the law in general.
Criminal convictions are a big problem these days for immigrants -- even those who are here legally.
A previous Ninth Circuit ruling that had made it a requirement for detained immigrants to have regularly scheduled bond hearings, was overturned by the Supreme Court with a 5-3 vote on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Now, many immigration rights advocates fear that the detainees will be forced to spend extended periods of time in detention until their cases are fully processed through the court system.
Technically, immigrants in detention centers are not being held in prison. However, some who have spent time in the centers say they're no different.
A 22-year old student at UC San Diego was in the United States as a "dreamer," using the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It was started under President Barack Obama's administration.
California's Governor has a Christmas tradition of issuing pardons.
Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants are facing deportation amid new laws, and this has brought dire concern among California business owners in particular, believing that this will be detrimental to the country as a whole, as well as the economy. Despite heavy campaigning, it is looking unlikely that the bid will be successful by the end of this year.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents seem to be required to have cold hearts to match the acronym on their jackets.