Robin Urevich: The closure of an immigrant detention center could represent a setback for the Trump administration’s aggressive immigration enforcement policies.
The State of Immigration in America
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Robin Urevich: Angry immigrant rights activists say the generous ICE funding flies in the face of many Democrats’ stated desire to put the brakes on the Trump administration’s deportation surge.
Cecellia Wang: What the president is doing is yet another illegal and dangerous power grab in service of his anti-immigrant agenda.
Lorraine Payette: There is a reason they are fleeing with the clothes on their backs and their little ones by their sides – they are not doing this lightly.
Rich Procida: If the Democrats give Trump his wall, they will be building a symbol of hate that will only further divide our nation.
Val Carlson: This government-inflicted crisis at the border is totally unnecessary, illegal, and obscene. The Border Patrol is highly overstaffed. Dozens of them stand around either doing nothing or harassing immigrants, when they could be processing hundreds of asylum applications.”
John Peeler: This conservative agenda on immigration is part and parcel of the broader right-wing project of dismantling as much as possible of the New Deal and Great Society reforms of the 1930s and 1960s.
Nidia Buatista: Immigration activists allege that the CBP’s lack of awareness of indigenous language and culture poses a challenge for adequate medical care and treatment for indigenous migrants from Mexico.
Robin Urevich: Immigrant-detainee suicides indicate that the Stewart Detention Center and ICE are out of step with a trend in corrections to keep seriously mentally ill people out of solitary confinement.
Alvaro Huerta: I’ll bet any Trump supporter 10,000 pesos that if the Mexican government won’t capture and kill these “imaginary terrorists,” the drug cartels and gangs will.
Matthew Johnson: A Trumpian “wall” already exists: the (abstract) wall that blocks many Americans from seeing migrants from Central America and Mexico as people just like them.
Alvaro Huerta: Unlike the millions of European immigrants who travelled across an entire ocean to settle in North America, Mexicans have always occupied this land or called it home until it was stolen from them by military force.
Tom Hastings: To compound Trump’s crisis, the government workers and contractors will likely soon not be able to keep any semblance of safety net in place because they are themselves furloughed