3 Reasons Deportations Continue Despite Claims of Persecution
As a part of a new nationwide enforcement effort, the Obama Justice Department is rounding up hundreds of Central American migrants who have arrived in recent years and have been ordered by immigration judges to leave.
“This should come as no surprise,” said Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security. “I have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed.”
After Central American migrants were initially detained, several were sent to federal detention centers. But many more were released to live with relatives or friends in the U.S. while their cases were considered in court. For those that have been ordered removed, immigration enforcement officials are detaining migrants at their homes in preparation for deportation to their home countries.
The new stepped-up effort has targeted hundreds of families who are fleeing the escalating violence and harsh economic conditions in countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. In most cases, these migrants are seeking asylum based on a fear of persecution in their home countries. But many of these asylum cases are being denied. Continue reading