ICE Is Aggressively Deporting Undocumented Mothers and Children

When it comes to keeping his campaign promises, President Donald Trump hasn’t had a very good record of successes. There’s still no funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Obamacare remains in place – for now — and thankfully his attempted Muslim ban failed.

Unfortunately, Trump is making up for his inadequacies by working even more aggressively to deport undocumented immigrants. As a result, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is creating terror where ever they go.

President Trump originally claimed that his administration was only trying to locate and deport those “bad hombres” who posed a danger to U.S. citizens. Instead, ICE seems to have focused much of its attention on DREAMers — those who were brought to America as children, often decades ago and unaware. When it comes to targeting and enforcing, too, there appears to be little room for pity regarding these circumstances.

In one unsettling example, Silvia Avelar-Flores, a mother of three young children, was detained by officials in Utah. The ICE agents declared that Avelar-Flores had “overstayed her visa” by more than two decades, after she had been brought into the country at just seven years old. She has been released for now while her case is pending, but she is by no means the only one in Utah facing deportation simply for the crime of being undocumented.

“Actions like the one ICE brought against Avelar-Flores and her family are occurring across the country at an alarming rate, said Andrea Himoff of Action Utah. Trump said during the presidential campaign that he would deport 11 million undocumented residents, Himoff recalled. Trump then softened that to say he would deport ‘only the bad ones,’” the Salt Lake Tribune reports. “However, since Trump took office, ICE has rounded up hundreds of people in Utah who have no criminal record, Himoff said. At least half the people detained nationally have no criminal record beyond traffic violations, she added.”

Not only is rounding up and deporting the undocumented doing little to make our country safer, it actually makes the country more dangerous.

Because ICE has violated normal sanctuary areas like courthouses, it makes those who are undocumented much less likely to report a crime, keeping actual criminals on the streets. It’s an issue that has New Jersey courts pleading with the Department of Homeland Security to step down their tactics.

“Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner pleaded with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to add courthouses to a list of ‘sensitive locations’ that ICE avoids,” reports NJ.com. “Rabner wrote that ‘serious consequences’ could result if immigrants fear that coming to court could lead to deportation. Rabner argued that  witnesses, victims, and defendants may not show up to testify - making everyone less safe.”

Overzealous deportations could increase crime in the U.S., but for those caught in the administration’s obsession, the danger is often even more real back in their home country.

One mother and child in fear of their lives fled to the U.S., and they now fact the threat of being sent back to Honduras. Their situation even has a Pennsylvania senator pleading for their mercy.

“US Sen. Bob Casey is lashing out at the Trump administration for deporting a Honduran mother and son who he says are at risk of getting killed by gang members,” reports CNN. “In a series of tweets Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Democrat accused US Immigration and Customs Enforcement of sending the two back into danger. Before their deportation, the mother and son were held for more a year at a family detention center in Berks County, Pennsylvania.Casey included an image of a letter he sent to President Donald Trump about the case. ‘This 5yo and his mother aren’t “bad hombres,” ‘ he tweeted, making reference to a term Trump regularly uses. ‘They aren’t in a gang, they’re running from death vulnerable, and scared.’”

Unfortunately, it’s hard to expect any compassion from the same deportation agency that waited until a teen boy officially turned eighteen in order to send him back to Mexico — where he escaped a home full of child abuse and drug traffickers who hurt and killed his family members. In fact, based on these stories, the most horrifying realization is that ICE may only be getting started.

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72 comments

Jack Y
Jack Y9 days ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y9 days ago

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John J
John J9 days ago

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John J
John J9 days ago

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Marie W
Marie W7 months ago

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Melania Padilla
Melania P10 months ago

I am not a US citizen but I think the US should deport criminals, people with no reason for being there in the country. Do you really want to deport people who do the jobs most Americans never would? Or good people who work honestly? Just saying....

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Emma S.10 months ago

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Leo C
Leo Cabout a year ago

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Angela AWAY Kabout a year ago

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Joan E
Joan Eabout a year ago

I say it's a cruel, evil, and unnecessary job. Just what you'd expect from a cruel, evil and useless excuse for a president.

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