Why it’s so hard to see an end to the immigration crisis
The Central-American surge of immigration, and the number of children currently in jail have made headlines this past summer, and with good reason. The Flores Settlement Agreement was a rule that said children could only be in detention for up to 20 days maximum. However, Congress is planning to debate on a law that says children can be detained for longer than this. This comes after new data shows that up to 12,800 children are currently in immigration detention in the US as of this month.
Many children who come to the United States on their own are trying to reunite with parents who might be undocumented. However, ICE has begun arresting parents who want to claim these children as well. This makes it even more difficult to reunite families.
A recent article in The Guardian also explains that many children and adults detained in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas complained of dirty facilities. Many who were held in detention also brought up the abuse they suffered while in custody. One major complaint was that much of the water they drank tasted like chlorine and gave some people stomach problems, according to the article.
But even worse, is that the Human Rights Watch brought the death of a Guatemalan infant to the world’s attention. Mariee was the daughter of Yazmin Suarez, a 20-year-old mom who fled to the United States in hope of a better life. One investigation by VICE found that Mariee passed away because she didn’t receive the right care.
Deportation statistics are at their highest so far
A February report from CNN shows that the Trump Administration has increased immigration arrests. Plus, the administration is targeting more noncriminals. Still, there have been fewer deportations under Trump than under the Obama era. This is because there are more sanctuary states and cities that prevent federal authorities from deporting undocumented immigrants. Some people also believe undocumented immigrants aren’t reporting crimes or accidents, and this could also be decreasing deportations.
But those who are at risk for deportation are a surprising group. In August, Truthout reported that the Trump Administration began proceedings against an American citizen who was born in the country. Even the U.S. State Department has called into question the legal status of people who are Latino, and even denied them passports. Some people have been barred from the country, and others have been detained in immigration centers without due process.
Changes to immigration policy
In addition to these stories, the Trump Administration has also announced that it would make it more difficult for people without legal status to become legal residents if they apply for and receive public aid. This could mean receiving food assistance, living in public housing, or even Medicaid.
The State Department even mention it would pay Mexico up to $20 million to deport people into the country. This would enable Mexico to deport people back to their countries if they have attempted to enter the United States through its borders. Experts say this could result in about 17,000 deportations. In addition, the US has already provided Mexico with $24 million of assistance. This includes training for Mexico’s National Migration Institute, as well as resources.
Money from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) was moved in order to fund immigration detention efforts. This resulted in a removal of $10 million out of FEMA’s budget of $15 million.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions even went so far as to encourage immigration judges to be less compassionate. However, the union representing judges criticized Sessions’ comments almost immediately. In addition, the Department of Justice made an announcement that they would evaluate immigration judges based on their number of cases completed. Some good news? Judges immediately fought back and explained that this gets in the way of their independence.
Por qué es tan difícil ver un fin a la crisis de inmigración
El incremento de inmigración desde Centroamérica y el número de niños en detención migratoria han sido encabezados en los periódicos este verano, y con buena razón. El Flores Settlement Agreement (El Acuerdo Flores) fue una regla que decía que los niños solamente pueden ser arrestados por un máximo de 20 días. Sin embargo, el Congreso estadounidense ahora quiere debatir una ley que permite que los niños puedan ser arrestados por más tiempo. Esto después que la nueva data indica que hasta 12,800 niños están detenidos a causa de su estatus migratorio últimamente.
La estadísticas de deportación están a sus niveles más altos actualmente
Un reporte de CNN en febrero indica que la administración de Donald Trump ha incrementado los arrestos de inmigrantes. Además, la administración se está enfocando en personas sin antecedentes criminales. Igual, han habido menos deportaciones bajo Trump que bajo la administración Obama. Esto es porque hay más estados y ciudades santuarios que evitan que las autoridades federales deporten a los inmigrantes indocumentados. Otras personas piensa que los inmigrantes no están reportando crímenes o accidentes, y esto podría estar disminuyendo las deportaciones.
Cambios a las políticas migratorias
Además de estas historias, la administración de Trump ha anunciado que ha anunciado que hará más difícil que las personas sin estatus legal puedan ser residentes legales si solicitan y reciben asistencia pública. Esto puedo significar recibir asistencia para comprar comida, vivir en vivienda pública, o hasta recibir Medicad.