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April 6, 2017

Her illegal dad: The Obama administration took her father. Now she worries that Trump will come for her.
By Raheem F. Hosseini

According to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse data project on immigration, nine out of 10 removal cases filed in immigration court during the first weeks of the Trump era are based on illegal entry claims or other immigration charges. “In only 2 percent of the cases were persons charged with having an aggravated felony, while an additional 6 percent were charged with participating in other types of criminal behavior,” the TRAC report states. “There were no terrorism charges, and just three cases where the individual was charged with a ’national security violation.’” This isn’t entirely different from the Obama administration, and it’s too soon to draw any substantive conclusions, TRAC is careful to note. But Trump’s populist directives have unleashed a wildfire reaction, particularly in California, where immigration sweeps vanished more than 160 people around Los Angeles in February, prompting panic of a new, terrible normal in the state with the most immigrants to lose.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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