Relatives of Undocumented Children Caught Up in ICE Dragnet
(Hannah Dreier, ProPublica, Sept 11, 2017)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has noticeably shifted the way in which it operates since the Obama administration. One aspect of this shift has included a crackdown on the relatives of undocumented children who are providing support, shelter, and/or sponsorship.
California Sues Trump Administration Over DACA Elimination
(Mollie Reilly, Huffpost, Sept 11, 2017)
With over 200,000 DREAMers living in California, the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) declared that he intends to sue the Trump administration in response to the termination of DACA. Attorneys general in Maine, Maryland and Minnesota are joining Becerra.
ICE arrests young immigrant’s sponsor months after feds assured him he’d be safe
(Uriel J. Garcia, The New Mexican, Sept 9, 2017)
Through the personal story of undocumented immigrant Gari, this article describes the real-life ramifications of the DACA and CAM program repeals.
Harvey deals a blow to Texas’ already struggling child welfare system
(Marissa Evans, The Texas Tribune, Sept 8, 2017)
The child welfare system in Texas faces increased challenges in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, as many foster families have been displaced by the storm and hundreds of child welfare professionals have not been able to return to work.
Now more than ever: Best practice for working with immigrant youth
(Jean Rhodes, The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, Sept 7, 2017)
A resource for mentors of immigrant children in wake of the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA.
Trump Ends DACA, Calls On Congress To Act
(Vanessa Romo, Martina Stewart, & Brian Naylor, NPR, Sept 5, 2017)
The Trump administration officially announced that it will end the DACA program. Current beneficiaries will not be affected for six months and no new application will be accepted or acted on after Tuesday, September 5th. Congress is now tasked with finding a legislative solution for the roughly 800,000 DREAMers.
Harvey wreaks havoc on Houston’s undocumented immigrants
(Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, Sept 4, 2017)
Hurricane Harvey has hit the undocumented population of Houston, of around 575,000, particularly hard. Many have been unable to go to work and thus are unable to pay rent. Furthermore, they fear accessing government help due to the current administration’s immigration stance and do not qualify for assistance from FEMA.
American dream fades for child immigrants under Trump
(James Reinl, Al Jazeera, Aug 30, 2017)
In anticipation of the Trump administration’s decision on the future of DACA, supporters and critics of DACA offer their perspectives on the strengths and challenges of the program.
Former Judge: U.S. Has ‘Perverse Incentives’ for Parents to Smuggle Children Into Country Illegally
(Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media, Aug 30, 2017)
A former federal immigration judge explains his perspective on how U.S. policy and patterns of action in dealing with unaccompanied minors actually incentivizes parents to arrange to have their children smuggled to the U.S.
Tiny Radical Acts: Immigrant Children Write Their Lives under Deportation Threats
(Eileen Cunniffe, Nonprofit Quarterly, Aug 28, 2017)
The Mighty Writers program in Philadelphia offered a series of workshops this summer in which children from immigrant families participated in creative activities i.e. making comic books, “alter ego” puppets, and monologues, through which they were able to express their fears about deportation while sharing stories about their culture.