This is leaving many families hungry and with limited alternatives for nutrition.
The Trump administration has instructed the Department of Homeland Security to release a weekly list of jurisdictions that declined immigration detainers. The first report was released and it’s raised serious concerns about its objective, accuracy, and implications.
Members of Congress seemed sympathetic to the agents needs and wanted to work with them to fix morale and other issues with management. However, it remains to be seen if Congress will actually spend the billions of dollars that would be needed for these staff—especially in light of the problems related to corruption and oversight.
Notably, no one from the U.S. government attended this hearing to refute claim that U.S. officials regularly deny individuals fleeing grave danger in their home countries asylum.
Typical Visa Waiver Program participants are difficult to save from deportation as they entered the country after basically signing away many of their rights to contest deportation. This is particularly troubling given the ramp up in removals from the interior of the United States, and those who have entered the country through this program should take note.