Monday, May 21, 2018

Resistance Works, Despite the Flaws

There are a lot of problems with the resistance to Trump’s immigration crackdown: lack of coordination in the grassroots movement, faltering commitment from native-born allies, inadequate sanctuary measures in self-proclaimed “sanctuary cities.” Still, resistance measures are having an effect, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute.—TPOI editor

ICE Arrests Under Trump Are Up Significantly Over Latter Obama Years, But Pushback from California & Other ‘Sanctuaries’ Make Return to Record Peaks Unlikely

Migration Policy Institute Press Release
May 8, 2018
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has significantly revved up the immigration enforcement machinery in the U.S. interior, with arrests and deportations up about 40 percent in its first eight months over a year earlier. Yet pushback from California and cities such as Chicago, New York, Boston and Seattle makes it quite unlikely that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be able to match its record enforcement levels, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) finds in a new report.

ICE arrests and removals during fiscal 2017 were about half their peaks during the early Obama years, before that administration significantly narrowed its enforcement priorities, effectively shielding all but a fraction of the nation’s estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation.[…]

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