Our report this month includes news stories about the impact of increasing border arrests on families and asylum seekers, the rise in courthouse arrests of undocumented individuals, and the withdrawal of temporary protection from Haitians in the U.S.
- Migrant Prosecutions and Separated Families: In recent months, the Trump administration’s immigration policies have resulted in more separated families at the U.S.–Mexico border and the incarceration and prosecution of asylum seekers, a human rights violation. After enduring violence in their home countries and the challenges of leaving their homes and making a journey with children, these families are subjected to further trauma when taken into custody. One such story is detailed here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Trump-moves-to-end-catch-and-release-12383666.php#photo-14605409.
- Courthouse Arrests on the Rise: Increasing arrests of undocumented immigrants at courthouses jeopardizes the operation of the judicial system which relies on defendants, victims, and witnesses being able to appear at proceedings without fear. This op-ed piece analyzes why courthouse arrests are a threat to the integrity of the judicial branch and to the basic tenets of democracy: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/26/opinion/immigration-ice-courthouse-trump.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region®ion=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=0.
- Temporary Protection for Haitians Ended: Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a humanitarian program which allows beneficiaries to work in the U.S., but does not confer permanent residence status, has been withdrawn from approximately 59,000 Haitians who have left their country since the 2010 earthquake. Their TPS expires in January 2019, when they will have to return to Haiti or face deportation. Last month the Trump administration revoked these protections from 2,500 Nicaraguans, granted a 6-month extension for 57,000 Hondurans, and have yet to weigh in on 200,000 Salvadorans in the TPS program. Failing to renew TPS for people who hail from these countries, where conditions have only worsened since they left, subjects these families to limited options, likely separation, and the threat of deportation after decades in the U.S.: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/us/haitians-temporary-status.html?_r=0.
More families are being arrested and separated when crossing the U.S.–Mexico border, including those seeking asylum. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images.