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March 10, 2017

Trump wants to detain more immigrants. He could — with California’s help

Trump’s executive orders are meant to deter people from coming into the country illegally and discourage people like Maguiber, who was previously deported as a teenager, from returning again. Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that favors restricting immigration, believes that Trump’s plan for stronger immigration enforcement will prevent people from returning to the United States illegally. “It was necessary to do these executive orders to let these government agencies do their job and do the job that Americans expect them to do, which is to enforce the immigration laws we have,” she said. But many attorneys say it makes little sense to hold immigrants in prolonged detention. The vast majority, especially when they have an immigration lawyer, do appear for their day in immigration court as required, according to data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (known as TRAC) and a study by the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. And attorneys emphasize that immigration detention is not supposed to be punitive.

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