One individual seeking asylum has decided to take a dramatic stance to raise awareness of his problems with ICE. He is currently being held in immigration detention after seeking asylum for political and discrimination reasons. He says that other immigrants experience similar problems, which may also apply to those awaiting parole in New York.
Because of the recent increase in crime and violence in the nation's schools, parents have embraced the idea of police officers, called school resources officers, lingering at the entrances and patrolling the halls of their children's schools. The presence of a police officer in the building may give many a feeling of security and relief. However, for those who fear immigration detention, either for themselves or for their parents, these SROs create an atmosphere of terror.
Sanctuary cities provide a haven for immigrants by putting policies in place that are designed not to persecute individuals who may not yet have legal status. Recently, New York City has fortified its status as a sanctuary city by implementing new regulations. The new policies may cut down on immigration detention since city employees will not use their resources to aid federal immigration officials in tracking down immigrants.
An operation implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resulted in arrests across the nation. Titled Operation Safe City, ICE agents have entered sanctuary cities to arrest unauthorized individuals on immigration charges over a three-day period that ended Sept. 27. Several people were arrested in New York, with hundreds more being apprehended in major cities all over the United States.
A woman has claimed that she was fleeing violence when she entered this country and now faces serious health issues. In addition to having a brain tumor that is growing, she has been ordered deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In her effort to be allowed to stay in New York with her family, she is seeking an emergency stay as her deportation defense, since her asylum case is pending appeal.
A recent tragedy offers unexpected hope for a pool of immigrants caught in the middle of a trafficking court case. Prosecutors are able to help immigrant survivors avoid immigration charges and gain citizenship in exchange for testimony about human smuggling that led to the deaths of several people in the back of a tractor-trailer. The New York Times tells about this unusual path to citizenship in a recent news story.
How should the United States deal with the occurrence of unaccompanied immigrant children? Some individuals captured at the border are minors unaccompanied by an adult. Previously, these children were held as detainees without the option of a bond hearing. A recent court ruling has changed this policy on bond hearings for children, which may have implications for individuals in New York.
Petty crimes should not be the cause for removal from the United States. Immigrants who are charged with lesser crimes will now have more shelter under a new New York City law that allows police to charge them with lesser civil summonses versus criminal summonses. This law provides an important deportation defense. A recent news story covers the details of the new law.
They say that elections have consequences. News that arrests in New York City of undocumented immigrants have risen by more than 30 percent since January makes the consequences of last year's election clear.
Anyone who rides the Staten Island Railway has seen conductors checking passengers to make sure everyone has paid their fare to ride. In Minneapolis, they have a similar train system and personnel with transit cops regularly boarding trains to check for tickets.