Deportations of undocumented immigrants continue their frenetic pace in the 100+ days following President Donald Trump’s inauguration. A campaign promise to remove all 11 million has narrowed to a focus on the approximately two million with criminal histories.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is widely regarded as a tough-talking politician who is promising big changes in law enforcement. In a recent speech, Sessions described the border as a "war zone." Some immigrant rights advocates say Sessions is dishonestly misstating the reality of life in border communities such as San Diego, where crime has fallen to historic levels.
A recent column in the San Diego Union-Tribune expressed what so many firmly believe: "immigrants — authorized and unauthorized — energize and sustain California’s economy."
It can appear at first glance to be good news: reports of sexual assault and domestic violence filed by the Latino population are dropping dramatically. But the bad-news side of the story is quickly apparent: police reports are dropping in frequency because of fears among immigrants that contact with law enforcement could result in detention and deportation.
The American Civil Liberties Union is one of the nation's leading advocates of individual rights. The San Diego branch of the organization recently announced that it is suing the federal government for denying due process rights to immigrants who are detained for months before appearances in front of immigrantion judges.
Uncertainty continues to swirl around current and coming immigrantion enforcement policies here in San Diego and across California and the rest of the nation. After a recent raid on an El Salvadorian gang, a local police department and federal immigrantion officials had dueling accounts of what had happened.
The release of the Trump administration's immigrantion enforcement plans is causing "a whole lot of panic in communities," an immigrantion rights advocate recently told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
It began as any other day with the sun crawling over San Diego's freeways and streets. But there were fewer of us rushing to get to jobs and classes that morning, as some workers and students stayed away in order to be part of the nationwide Day Without Immigrants protest.
In the current political climate, immigrantion laws may seem unstable and uncertain. Many immigrants, whether undocumented, asylees or permanent residents, may worry that they are at risk for deportation.
The 36-year-old woman has lived in the U.S. most of her life. According to San Diego's Channel 7 news, she immigranted to the United States when she was 14 and is raising two children.