Today’s good news is very good: Veronica Castro, wife of a disabled U.S. veteran and mother of U.S. citizen children, got another one-year reprieve from ICE. She is one of many undocumented immigrants on a one-year check-in list — ineligible to become legal residents for various reasons, but granted year-to-year permission to stay with their U.S. families. Others have not been so lucky, and many are afraid to even show up for their annual check-in this year, under Trump’s new regime.
‘A wonderful day’: A veteran’s undocumented wife won’t be deported by ICE (Washington Post, 4/4/17) Great news – VEronica Castro stays! (At least, for one more year.)
“For months, Veronica Castro had dreaded Tuesday, when she was scheduled to check in with immigration officials.
“The undocumented immigrant didn’t know whether she would be detained and deported to Mexico or allowed to return home with her husband, a disabled veteran, and their four children, all U.S. citizens who live in Lothian, Md.”
More immigrants afraid to show up for ICE check-ins (Chicago Tribune, 4/4/17)
“Robles is among many immigrants who the government knows are living in the U.S. illegally, but who, under the previous administration, were not considered priorities for deportation because of their clean criminal records or sympathetic cases. But as the political climate changes, those immigrants — who were allowed to stay in the U.S. provided they checked in with ICE officials every six months to a year — now fear they’ll be handed notices of deportation at those check-ins.”
The mechanics of deportation make for quick exits, long uncertainty (Providence Journal, 4/1/17) This article gives a careful overview of deportation processes, including court hearings, expedited removal, andvoluntary departure, court hearings.
“Removal — commonly known as deportation — refers to a multi-step process of removing a non-citizen from the United States. The nation deports foreign nationals who violate immigration law. The process can sometimes take years because of the tremendous backlog in the nation’s immigration courts.”
“Immigration law violations are civil, not criminal — a fact that is often misunderstood.”
Immigrant tuition break gaining support in Tennessee (Washington Post, 4/4/17)
“A deeply conservative state, Tennessee voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump and his tough stance on immigration. And yet, Republican lawmakers are pushing a proposal that would allow public colleges to offer in-state tuition rates to students whose parents brought them into the country illegally….
“I’m all for building the wall and U.S. sovereignty, closing our borders,” said Rep. Mark White, a Memphis Republican and a bill sponsor. “But we didn’t, and now we’re damaging innocent people.”
California Senate OKs Statewide Immigrant Sanctuary Bill (AP/NBC, 4/4/17) Among the bill’s provisions:
“We will cooperate with our friends at the federal level with serious and violent felons. But we won’t cooperate or lift a finger or spend a single cent when we’re talking about separating children from their mothers, mothers from their children,” de Leon said. “That’s not who we are as a great state.” …
“Lawmakers in the nation’s most populous state also advanced two other bills they attempt to impede the president’s immigration policies. They sent the Assembly a bill, SB6, that would provide $12 million to pay lawyers for immigrants facing deportation, and another measure, SB31, that would bar state officials from sharing data if the federal government creates a Muslim registry.”
“From then on, we sensed the ongoing expectation that we would shed our old skin, give up our former identities – every quirk and desire that made us us – and that we would imply at every opportunity that America was better, that we were so lucky, so humbled to be here. My mother continued giving testimonials in churches. She wore her cross with as much spirit as she had done in Islamic Iran. She baked American cakes and replaced the rosewater in her pastries with vanilla. I did much worse: over years, I let myself believe it. I lost my accent. I lost my hobbies and memories. I forgot my childhood songs.”
DHS: Immigration agents may arrest crime victims, witnesses at courthouses (Washington Post, 4/4/17)
“Lapan, the DHS official, made clear in Tuesday’s comments that courthouse arrests by ICE agents are not limited to people who would otherwise be apprehended in a jail or a prison.
“I can’t give a blanket statement that says every witness and victim is somehow untouchable …”
“One of my clients arrived here when he was three months old,” said Danielle Robinson-Briand, a Minneapolis immigration attorney who represents two of the so-called Minnesota Eight. “I think he’s finding it very hard to foresee how he will survive in Cambodia.” …
The last four of the Minnesota eight were deported last week. The two men Robinson-Briand represents have been issued last-minute emergency stays, and their cases are pending.