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April 23, 2018

Trump Administration Targeting Immigrants Living in U.S. For Years: Says Research
By Little India Desk

The hostile anti-immigrant atmosphere is leading people to look north towards Canada. By Little India Desk | April 23, 2018 Share Tweet Share Share With the Trump administration’s tough position on immigration, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have been picking up immigrants who have been living in the United States for years, revealed a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research center, on April 19. Nicholas Espíritu, a staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, pointed out that while the Obama administration only focused on “serious cases”, under the Trump administration, “everyone is a priority,” reported Mother Jones. “Government resources are being used to increasingly tear individuals from communities that they’re longstanding members of, potentially affecting more families, more mixed-status families, more people with deep ties to U.S. communities,” he was quoted as saying in the report. According to the report, 43 per cent of new cases brought by the Department of Homeland Security to immigration court in 2018 were about people who were living in the country for two or more years. This number is shockingly high compared to 6 per cent in December 2016–when Barack Obama was the president. Furthermore, 72 per cent cases in December 2016 were about recent arrivals, only 10 per cent of March 2018 cases were about recent arrivals. Twenty per cent of immigration cases in March this year involved people who stayed in the United States for five or more years.

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