Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Latest In Trump's War On Immigrants

Trump's war on immigrants continues . . .

Trump has now suspended fast-track processing of H-1B visas for skilled migrant technology and medical jobs.  The H-1B non-immigrant visa allows U.S. companies to employ graduate-level workers in several specialized fields, including information technology, medicine, engineering and mathematics.

The Trump administration is also considering a proposal to separate women from their children if they are caught crossing together illegally, according to three government officials. The goal of this horrible tactic is to deter mothers from migrating to the United States with their children, said officials who have been briefed on the proposal.

In Phoenix, AZ, a single father of three U.S. citizens, who entered the country 20 years ago, was detained after meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and deported immediately back to Mexico.  ICE officials had tricked Juan Carlos Fomperosa García into coming in by claiming they wanted to interview him regarding his asylum claim.  According to Garcia's lawyer, his asylum request had already been denied “so there was no reason for them to interview him."

Fomperosa García’s deportation comes a few weeks after the deportation of Guadalupe García de Rayos, a mother of two U.S. citizens who lived in Arizona for more than two decades. She was also deported after she went in for a check-in with Ice.

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was dropping off his daughters at school in Los Angeles last week when he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His 13-year-old daughter, Fatima, sobbed as she recorded her father being handcuffed in front of her and her mother.   Avelica-Gonzalez, the father of four U.S. citizens, was detained over a DUI conviction nearly 10 years ago and a two decade-old incident involving an incorrect registration sticker. 

31-year-old father Jose Escobar, married to a U.S. citizen, has no criminal record.  But because Trump re-defined the term "criminal alien", Jose lost his legal status because of a paperwork gaffe more than a decade ago when he was still a teen in Houston.  That slip-up, the fault of his mother who thought her child would be automatically included in her own renewal application, has trailed him ever since. Last week, it led to his surprise deportation to El Salvador, a country he hasn't seen in 16 years.

The list goes on and on-- and under Trump, the injustices will continue as well.

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