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 U.S. 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.