Deporting mothers and Dreamers and other immigration articles – April 20, 2017

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Maribel Trujillo was deported yesterday. She’s a mother of four U.S. citizen children from Fairfield, Ohio. Trujillo came to the United States in 2002, and was arrested in a raid on her workplace in 2007. Her asylum application was denied, and she has been checking in with ICE every year, and had a work permit. She renewed her asylum application, after her father was kidnapped in Mexico by a drug gang. Two days later, ICE showed up outside her home and took her away.

“Maribel is a very good example of why these policies are so misguided,” her attorney, Emily Brown, told BuzzFeed News. “If a mother of four US citizen kids who has no criminal record is up for deportation, then this is an inhuman policy that everyone needs to know about.”

Mother of four deported to Mexico as lawyer decries Trump’s ‘heartless policy’ (The Guardian, 4/19/17)

“Maribel Trujillo, a mother of four American children from Fairfield, Ohio, who has never committed any crime in the 15 years she has lived in the US, has been deported to Mexico in the latest sign that the Trump administration is indiscriminately targeting undocumented immigrants.

“Trujillo, 42, was put on a Mexico-bound plane on Wednesday morning having been held in federal immigration detention in Louisiana for the past week. Her removal to a country that she has not seen for almost two decades divides her family and leaves four US-citizen children, the youngest just three years old, effectively motherless.”

An Ohio Mother With No Criminal Record Has Been Deported (Buzzfeed, 4/19/17)

“Trujillo-Diaz, who was denied asylum in 2012, had been under an ICE order of supervision and checking in with the agency since 2015. She filed paperwork this month to reopen her case and stop her pending deportation. Two days later, she was arrested outside her home while her children were inside and scheduled for deportation on April 11.

“In recent court documents filed in an attempt to reopen her case, Trujillo-Diaz’s lawyers said her father was kidnapped by the Knights Templar cartel in February and the family had to pay a ransom to get him released….”

Maribel Trujillo deported by ICE, despite having four U.S. citizen kids and no criminal record (Daily Kos, 4/19/17) Trujillo’s attorney Kathleen Kersh:

“Maribel’s deportation shows that the Trump Administration is not focused on deporting criminals, but rather on separating peaceful mothers from their American children. It is horrific that American children will be the ones to pay the price for these heartless policies,”

Church on deported mom: ‘Our pleas for mercy have run into a brick wall’ (WCPO, 4/19/17)

Trujillo, who came to the country illegally in 2002, said she’d fled Mexico because drug cartels targeted her family.

Deporting Dreamer Jose Montes

Jose Montes has lived in the United States since he was nine years old. He had DACA status, but that didn’t protect him from the Border Patrol. Montes said he had left his wallet in a friend’s car on February 17, when the Border Patrol stopped him, took him into custody, questioned him, and gave him a lot of papers, which he signed. Then they walked him across the border to Mexico.

We only have Montes’s account of that night, because DHS won’t talk about it. Then, according to USA Today, Montes got a friend to bring his papers and clean clothes to him in Mexico. He says he was mugged, beaten, and robbed before he could get back to the United States. At that point – on February 19 – he tried to climb a border wall and was arrested and deported again.

First protected Dreamer is deported under Trump (USA Today, 4/18/17)

“After spending an evening with his girlfriend in Calexico, Calif., on Feb. 17, Juan Manuel Montes, 23, who has lived in the U.S. since age 9, grabbed a bite and was waiting for a ride when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer approached and started asking questions.

“Montes was twice granted deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama and left intact by President Trump.”

The Trump administration has deported a ‘dreamer’ for first time, advocates say (Washington Post, 4/19/18)

“The Department of Homeland Security disputes these claims and has provided no record of the incident. Officials only confirmed that Montes was deported when he tried to re-enter the country on or about Feb. 19, which he admits….

“We have through the last few weeks attempted to get the records or any explanation about what happened to Juan Manuel,” said Nora Preciado, a Los Angeles attorney with the National Immigration Law Center and one of the lawyers who filed the lawsuit. The lawyers on March 15 requested all records of Montes’ interactions with immigration authorities, but DHS has not yet provided them.”

First DREAMer Protected By Deferred Action Program Is Deported (NPR, 4/18/17)

“In a February news conference, Trump was asked what he planned to do about DACA. He said, “We’re going to show great heart. DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me, I will tell you. To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids.”

“But DACA recipients haven’t escaped the new administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. In March, 22-year-old Daniela Vargas of Mississippi was detained for two weeks after speaking out against her father’s detention in a news conference. In February, 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Martinez of Seattle was detained for more than six weeks after he was picked up in a raid that targeted his father.

In a March 9 tweet, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said “DACA is not a protected legal status, but active DACA recipients are typically a lower level enforcement priority.”

 In other immigration news

Seattle, King County councils approve $1.3 million in legal aid for immigrants (Seattle Times, 4/17/17)

“The city and county will distribute the money to nonprofit organizations such as the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to do the legal work….

“More than one-third of people with immigration-court cases in Seattle and more than 90 percent of those with cases in Tacoma lack legal representation, according to Councilmember M. Lorena González, who proposed the city fund with Councilmember Tim Burgess.”

Sanctuary cities debate has jurisdictions weighing whether to defend the policy (Washington Post, 4/18/17)

“This unofficial capital of Latin America has welcomed immigrants for decades — including thousands from Cuba who illegally washed up on shore — but Miami is not a sanctuary anymore.

“After Trump threatened in January to strip federal money from cities that refuse to help deport immigrants, Miami-Dade County was the first to retreat. The mayor halted the policy, the council made it official, and now stunned advocates in a county where 51.7 percent of the residents are immigrants are considering their next move.

“People are really angry,” said María Rodriguez, executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. “People in Miami-Dade are outraged that we would buckle so quickly to the administration’s intimidation.”

What will Trump’s executive order do to H-1B visas? (The Atlantic, 4/19/17)

“It’s not clear exactly what Trump’s reforms will look like, if they happen at all. In practice, all the order he signed in Kenosha does on the H-1B issue is direct the heads of four federal departments—those of State, Homeland Security, Labor, and Justice—to review the policy by November and recommend changes. So there is hope that, for Trump’s fans and even his detractors, the “Hire American” agenda could yield some positive change to a system that has at times been criticized by both parties. But it seems hard to believe that the smartest and fairest possible immigration reforms will be the ones selected by a president whose path to office was so defined by vilifying foreigners.”

Minnesota has seen 75 percent rise in H-1B visa requests since 2012 (Star Tribune, 4/18/17)

“Minnesota ranks 17th nationally in filings for H-1B visas, with 9,938, according to the website. Minnesota employers that use the most highly skilled foreign workers under the program are in the science and technology business.”

Trump’s new “Buy American” executive order will just make infrastructure more expensive (Vox, 4/18/17)

“If we limit the sources of steel to domestic producers, they can charge higher prices,” says Ikenson. “Taxpayers will be getting the least bang for their buck.”

“While Trump’s order will certainly benefit the American steel industry, it ends up harming what are known as “downstream” industries, says Ikenson, such as the construction companies that buy a lot of steel to build infrastructure. If they can’t get cheaper steel from abroad, their costs go up.”

Planned Trump Order Will Discourage Hiring of Low-Wage Foreign Workers (New York Times, 4/18/17)

“The expected executive order falls far short of ending that program, but the administration officials argued on Monday that the changes Mr. Trump sought would radically change it.

“The officials said 80 percent of the immigrants who enter the United States under the current visa program are paid less than the median wage for workers in their fields.”

Trump blasts foreign worker program at company that pays below-average wages to foreign workers (Washington Post, 4/19/17)

“But it turns out that Snap-on Tools, where Trump signed his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order to much fanfare, pays below-average wages to the handful of foreign workers for whom the company has sought H-1B visas….

“What Snap-on is doing is perfectly legal — and it illustrates a key problem critics, including Trump himself, have with the H-1B visa program: the legal minimum companies must pay H-1B workers, known as the “local prevailing wage,” are set at levels well below the average of what most workers in similar positions in the United States earn.”

Panel hears how Real ID compliance bills differ (Session Daily, 4/18/17)

“Among the major differences is whether a current rule against issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented residents should be put into law. The House says yes, but in the Senate version such a ban would apply only to Real ID-compliant identification.”


About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet,, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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