If family members find themselves facing jail time after entering the country, they could be held in separate facilities. Two separate departments handle the detention of adults and minor children, and people who enter the country together may be separated into far-apart immigration detention facilities. Recently, the ACLU has sued the U.S. Government, claiming that the practice is an unlawful separation of families. Under current policy, a person held in New York could be thousands of miles away from where a family member is being held.
The path to citizenship isn't always clear, and sometimes, individuals get caught in predicaments while attempting to become legal residents of the United States. Due to recent events, one man remains in immigration detention while he and his attorney fight to have him returned to his home. Although this incident happened in another state, individuals located in New York may be interested in hearing about the man's troubled journey while seeking citizenship.
A college classroom in another state was short one student when its spring session recently got underway. That's because instead of being in class he was with approximately 60 other detainees in an immigration detention center. The young man's trouble began when he was riding home from a party with his girlfriend, who missed a turn while she was driving. There may be immigrants in New York facing similar situations.
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.