Immigration News In The U.s. – Fall 2017
Immigration is a hot topic in the news these days. See what some of the latest headlines say about immigration law and the people it affects.
New York Daily News
An illegal immigrant was arrested by federal authorities from a courthouse. He was in court for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and was waiting to see the judge when plainly dressed ICE agents arrested him.
Genaro Rojas-Hernandez, 30, was sitting on a bench with his legal aid when the ICE agents arrested him. His lawyer was permitted to speak to him after she got word from the judge that he was being detained.
ICE agents followed proper procedure to make the arrest, but it was met with displeasure by defense lawyers in the area. The agents did not make the reason for the arrest exceptionally clear, but they informed the judge of their intent to arrest Rojas-Hernandez.
Defense attorneys in Brooklyn protested this arrest outside of the courthouse, which they believe to be a safe haven that is off limits to issues such as this. The Office of Court Administration (OCA) said in a statement that they “do not facilitate or impede ICE agents when they effect an arrest inside New York State Courthouses.”
Hollywood actor Bambadjan Bamba was brought to the United States from Ivory Coast by his parents when he was 10 years old. For years, he didn’t know the severity of his immigration status until he tried to apply for financial aid to college and was denied.
He was granted temporary resident status with the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which protects children illegally brought to the United States — an estimated 800,000 people.
With the status of DACA currently dismantled by President Trump’s executive order, Bamba felt it was time to become a public face for other immigrants currently protected by this program. He talks about how Hollywood has a great cultural impact in the United States and can help take real, concrete action to protect the many talented actors and actresses who happen to be immigrants.
The Washington Post
During Donald Trump’s campaign to become President of the United States, he made a strong point to “Build the Wall” in an attempt to better control the border between the U.S. and Mexico. However, since his election, it is obvious that the physical wall is less likely to be constructed, but that doesn’t mean policy won’t be written to make the metaphorical wall stand tall against immigration practices.
This article talks about how the administration makes bold, public moves that draw a lot of attention, but they also do plenty of work that is rarely noticed. For example, the article says, “The administration has moved to slash the number of refugees, accelerate deportations and terminate the provisional residency of more than a million people, among other measures. On Monday [Nov. 21, 2017], the Department of Homeland Security said nearly 60,000 Haitians allowed to stay in the United States after a devastating 2010 earthquake have until July 2019 to leave or obtain another form of legal status.”
It is actions such as these that slowly but surely build a rhetorical wall around the United States.
For the better part of a decade, Latino millennials in Arizona have felt discriminated and racially profiled because of a controversial immigration bill, SB 1070.
Essentially, SB 1070 gives permission to law enforcement officers to ask for proof of citizenship if they had “reasonable suspicion” that the person in question was in the country illegally.
This led to a form of racial profiling and ultimately fear among the Latino and Hispanic communities in Arizona and around the country.
In the same time frame as SB 1070 was created, Arizona Latinos were dealing with the anti-immigrant sentiment from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was infamously known for immigration roundups and was found guilty of criminal contempt.
Last year, President Trump pardoned Arpaio, which was quite controversial.
Through all of these challenges, Latinos in Arizona and around the country have rallied together to form grassroots organizations, encouraging fellow Latinos to vote and to make a difference in immigration policy.
ABC Local 10 News
In the wake of the terrorist attack in New York City when Sayfullo Saipov drove a truck onto a crowded bike path on Halloween, President Trump declares a repeal of the immigrant lottery system is a must.
Saipov came to the United States in 2010. The article reports that when Saipov connected with ISIS is still unknown, but that this attack was in clear connection to the terrorist group.
From the beginning of his campaign, President Trump has called for “extreme vetting” of people who want to immigrate to the United States. Trump called on Congress to immediately end the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which was created in 1990 by former President George H.W. Bush.
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