Deportation to death, DACA ruling, 7- Eleven raids, and other immigration news – January 12, 2018

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Laura, in a still from New Yorker video, part of When deportation is a death sentence

When deportation is a death sentence The New Yorker’s January 15 issue has an in-depth story of what happens to immigrants deported back to dangers that they fled.  It begins with Laura’s story:

“I can’t be sent back to Mexico,” Laura told Solis, beginning to cry. “I have a protection order against my ex—please, just let me call my mom and she’ll bring you the paperwork.”

“Laura’s two-year-old had an operation scheduled for later that week, to remove an abscess in his neck, and Laura also told Solis about that. “I need to be here,” she begged, in Spanish. In English, Elizabeth detailed the threats from Laura’s ex, Sergio. “You can’t do this,” Elizabeth said. “He’ll kill her.”

Laura was deported anyway. And then she was murdered by her ex. Now her sister, who testified against the murderer at trial, has lost her DACA status and is herself in danger of being deported.

DACA ruling

A federal judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA. What does that mean?

  1. The judge believes the rescission is probably “based on a flawed legal premise.”
  2. He ordered the administration to accept renewal applications for DACA.
  3. He said they do not have to accept first-time DACA applications while the case is pending.

Trump tweeted that the ruling shows “how broken and unfair our Court System is,” and the government will appeal. See extensive discussion in the New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, Politico, and Los Angeles Times,

7-Eleven raids

In pre-dawn raids, immigration agents descended on about 100 7-Eleven stores across the country. While they made some arrests of suspected undocumented immigrants, the enforcement actions were aimed at the stores themselves, with audits of employment records. Immigration.  Derek Benner, acting head of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, said this was the first of many “large-scale compliance inspections,” warning that, “This is what we’re gearing up for this year.” For details on the raids, see reports from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Associated Press, CNBC, The New Yorker, Houston Chronicle, and Washington Post..


Minnesota immigration news

‘A lot of pain’: Somalis allege abuse by immigration detention guards (MPR, 1/9/18) From the lawsuit by Somalis on the deportation plane that turned back after 48 hours:

In a sworn statement included in the complaint, [Minnesotan Mohamud] Hassan said he had failed back surgery in the summer and still has a wound from the surgery. During the botched Dec. 7 flight, Hassan said he explained to a guard that he stood up because his back hurt. ‘The guard body-slammed me and put his knee in my back right where my surgery wound is,” he wrote in the affidavit. “He did it on purpose, after I told him about my back.’”

For the first time, Mohamed is among the most popular baby boy names in St. Cloud, reflecting growing diversity (Star Tribune, 1/10/18) Henry was the most popular name in 2017, with Liam and Mohamed tied for second place. That’s 16 baby boys named Mohamed. Almost 3,000 babies were born in the St. Cloud hospital in 2017.

Salvadoran immigrants in Minnesota face wrenching decisions as special protections end, (MPR, 1/9/18) Attorney Kara Lynum estimates that 5-10,000 Salvadorans in Minnesota have—and will lose—Temporary Protected Status.

In other noteworthy news:

  • The Supreme Court is speeding up the schedule for considering challenges to Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban. Constitution Daily has the details of scheduling and what they mean.
  • President Trump is breaking up my family, writes Rodman Serrano in the New York Times. “I’m a United States citizen, as are my sisters. I first realized that my immigrant parents, who are not citizens, could be under attack during President Trump’s candidacy. Before that, I’d taken for granted that my parents would remain protected. After all, their family is here. Their jobs are here. Their friends are here.” Now the end to Salvadoran TPS means his parents may be forced out of the United States.
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for anti-immigrant policies and convicted of criminal contempt for defying a court order to stop racially profiling Latinos, is now running for Senate in Arizona.
  • Reuters reports that a senior official in the State Department known as an advocate for refugees has been removed from his position as head of refugee admissions in the State Department’s Population, Refugees and Migration bureau. Another official characterized the move as being “sent to Siberia.”
  • When it comes to getting to the Dream Act, or any other immigration legislation, even some Republicans blame Stephen Miller for preventing a deal.

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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