The Administration’s Executive Orders and subsequent policies on interior enforcement have eliminated the focus on serious public safety threats. Instead, the Executive Orders label nearly all 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US as priorities for removal. The rate of arrest of people with no prior criminal record has doubled within the initial months of these orders.
This is the wrong direction for our immigration system and it makes us less safe. America must have smart enforcement priorities that focus resources on real public safety threats and not put millions of people needlessly under threat of deportation.
Nearly everyone across the political spectrum believes our immigration system is broken and needs to be reformed. We must fix the broken laws, better focus enforcement resources, and create an earned pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Below is a small sample of the people who have been arrested, jailed, are in immigration proceedings, or are facing deportation as a result of the January 25th, 2017 Executive Orders, and subsequent policies. They are the human consequences of this misguided direction. They are Dreamers who have become targets, key members in their communities, and mothers and fathers of American citizens. They are the stories of a broken immigration system.
This is crowdsourced collection of stories generated from open source reporting. As such, it is subject to change as more information becomes publicly available. If you have a story of someone in your community who has been impacted by the immigration Executive Orders please share here.