It has been an eventful year in immigration news. The world has witnessed this shining beacon of Democracy continue to grow dimmer as this Administration has cast a dark shadow over the immigrant population of the US. Let’s look back at some of the most significant immigration new stories of 2019 to see where we are and where we may be headed.
Shooting of Mexican Immigrants in El Paso:
In August of this year a white gunman in El Paso, Texas walked into a Wal-Mart and tried to shoot as many Latinos as possible before surrendering to the police in that state. Twenty people died and many more were injured as a result of this hate-filled rampage. Later the police said that the man had a manifesto that stated “this attack is in response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Many pointed out that Trump himself has used similar language to describe the immigration crisis.
Immigration in the Supreme Court:
The Trump administration continued to cause many immigration cases to reach the Supreme Court. One of the cases currently before the Supreme Court may decide the future of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This is just one of many immigration cases that sits before this increasingly conservative court.
The Flores Settlement
The Flores settlement governs the detention of migrant children barring them from extended confinement. All throughout 2019, the Trump Administration has sought to abrogate this agreement which was adopted under the Clinton Administration. The battle will no doubt continue into 2020.
Shooter in New Zealand Targets Immigrants and Muslims:
On March 15, 2019, an Australian man killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed shock and outrage at the tragedy stating that this act was not what the people of New Zealand were about. Her government eventually achieved what the U.S. government has failed to do after countless mass shooting – a ban against the sell and possession automatic weapons.
Deaths in Detention and at the Border:
The biggest tragedy here in the U.S. has been the “zero tolerance policy” this administration has taken towards immigration. The policy has resulted in the multiple deaths and detentions at the U.S. border. In June of 2019 NBC reported that at least 24 immigrants had died at the border.
Earlier this year, The Trump administration proposed a new, stricter approach to the public charge exclusion. This proposed change would make it difficult for low income immigrants to come to the United States as it would take account into their likelihood to apply for public assistance.
This is just a small sample of the developments that have occurred on the subject of immigration. The many challenges that we face are sometimes vertiginous but as an immigration attorney in Ventura County it is my duty to keep fighting for the rights of all people. If you need an immigration attorney in Oxnard, I will listen to your case for free.