A Disturbing Plan: DHS Considers Deportation Raids Targeting Central American Families
Assistant Director of Communications
December 24, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Post reports today that the Obama administration is preparing for raids focusing on Central American families who have fled to the U.S. since the beginning of 2014.
Should the Department of Homeland Security follow through on such plans, hundreds of families, or more, could be deported following raids.
As the article points out, family detention in the past two years has raised serious due process concerns, including a lack of legal representation for minors and others. “Without an attorney, child migrants from Central America face overwhelming odds in seeking relief from U.S. immigration courts,” Politico reported in April.
“At this season, we remember that our Savior was a refugee, born in a manger after Joseph and Mary were turned away at the inn,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “Like Joseph and Mary, these families and children are fleeing desperate situations. We are called to welcome the stranger as we would welcome Christ himself. There is no welcome in deportation raids that target families.”
“These are mostly women and children fleeing violence. Surely the Obama Administration has a better Christmas in mind than the threat of deportation raids,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “To punish these families for our lack of a functioning refugee program that meets the needs of Central America would be a moral tragedy.
“We need better asylum laws that address these circumstances. In the meantime, deterrence through deportation is a failed strategy, especially when the families in question have had to choose between violence and even temporary safety. To forcefully condemn them to the violent circumstances they fled would be unconscionable.”