The President’s on Again off Again Flirtation with Mass Deportationerikaadmin
Last week President Trump announced that he would authorize ICE to conduct massive deportation raids that would target as many as 2,000 families across the US. Many of the targets of this latest attack on immigrants reside in 10 US cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. As we have pointed out before on this blog, the current administration makes no distinction between immigrants and asylum seekers whose return to their native countries could put their lives in peril. This action is further proof of that fact. For example, asylum seekers from countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador say that they are here to escape deadly groups such as MS-13 who have targeted these refugees. The President made this announcement last week but now appears to be walking back his threat – a bit. On June 22, the President tweeted that he would delay the planned mass deportations for two weeks to give legislators time to discuss border solutions.
Cities in Defiance
However, just as attorneys such as me have taken a stand against the current administration’s immigration policies, so too have Mayors, officials of certain cities and even police departments. For example, the mayor of Chicago -Lori Lightfoot – has openly defied Trump’s deportation threat. She has stated that neither she, nor the Chicago Police Department will cooperate with ICE. (Illinois is one of the nation’s seven sanctuary states along with along with California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.) Denver’s Mayor Michael B. Hancock tweeted on June 21st, “#Denver will always stand w/ families fleeing violence & do whatever we can to prevent the inhumane practice of family separation. We’re an inclusive, compassionate & welcoming city. Threats from this WH – which are only a distraction from its failures – won’t weaken our resolve.”
That is the good news amidst a climate of growing uncertainty and fear among those who only seek to escape persecution and who wish to share in the American dream. The other good news is that there is still a legal framework that immigrant can access. However, it takes experienced legal counsel to help people who face deportation. As an immigration lawyer in Van Nuys I can tell you that I and many of my colleagues will not give up the fight until the immigration system is fairer and more compassionate despite the President’s efforts to make it otherwise. I am attorney Erika Roman and I will talk with you for free.