It is “a slap in the face [to] everyone with a valid asylum claim who was relying on decades of legal precedent to file those claims,” one attorney told Rewire.News.
During his testimony, Azar spoke on a number of issues, ranging from the global gag rule on abortion to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency within HHS tasked with providing care to immigrant minors in federal immigration custody.
"The broader context of his story illustrates the invisibility of Black LGBTQ immigrants in detention and in the anti-deportation movement, and there is erasure of the needs of Afro Latinx communities."
#WhereAreTheChildren Showed Progressives Didn’t Learn Anything About Immigration From the Obama Administration
One woman who was deported during the Obama administration told Rewire.News she found it frustrating that so many liberal-identified people were willing to acknowledge the inhumane treatment of immigrant families as long as it was being tied to Trump.
“Children deserve to be able to go to school in a safe environment, without having to worry that a basketball jersey could mean deportation.”
The teens caught in this cycle are mostly Central American boys, many of whom fled their native countries to the United States to escape the gang membership they are now accused of. The evidence used to allege their gang ties would be laughable if it didn’t have such dire consequences.
"We need to make sure that vulnerable people aren’t even near the police and if the police want to arrest or detain a vulnerable person, the whole crowd needs to go," Alejandra Pablos told Rewire.News during a recent interview. "They can’t arrest all of us."
Numerous reports suggest detaining pregnant immigrants in prison-like facilities poses dangerous health risks.
A program that detains male Mexican migrants near the border and repatriates them far from their area of origin ramped up under the Obama administration—and often led to family separation.
"To me, this means this administration has no heart, no feelings, no humanity. They don't understand or care that if we are deported, our lives will be in danger."
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