Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:32:58 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Living in fear of President Trump's deportation drive

By BBC Online
18th-Jul-2017       Readers ( 101 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

In the early evening in a Hispanic township near Brownsville, Texas, curtains begin to draw, the streets are empty and the playground lies still.
"Everyone locks their doors, they're scared," said Maria, who came to America illegally from Mexico 23 years ago. "We close blinds. It looks like a wasteland." Maria is one of an estimated 11 million "undocumented immigrants", many of whom have lived in the US for decades, and have American-born children.
The lives of many undocumented residents of Texas' Rio Grande valley have changed dramatically since President Trump took office with his pledge to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Maria's 16-year-old daughter, Stephanie, is sitting slumped in her chair in the garden moaning quietly. Stephanie, a US citizen, has cerebral palsy and is also plagued by high fevers the local doctors can't explain.
Her doctor says it's imperative that she sees a specialist doctor in Corpus Christi, 160 miles away.
But that would involve driving through a Border Patrol immigration checkpoint.
Maria does not dare risk the drive. "We're scared that her condition is going to deteriorate", said Maria. "But what I'm scared of is that I'll cross a check point and then who's going to take care of my children?"
Maria is also afraid to walk her son Joseph, nine, to the school bus in the mornings. Many of the mothers along her street peer through curtains as their children walk to the bus, texting each other updates on each child's progress as they walk down the street on their own. This takes a toll on Joseph, also a US citizen, who is now afraid to go to school at all. "I tell him: 'It's OK love, you go to that bus,'" said Maria. "But he's told me I'm scared I'm going to come back and you're not going to be in the house."
Compounding the fear of undocumented Hispanics in Texas is a new state law, Senate Bill 4 or "SB4".
Traditionally in the US, the police don't enforce immigration law. They leave that to the immigration authorities. But the SB4 bans police departments throughout the state from adopting a policy of non co-operation with America's immigration authorities.
The law is widely expected to lead to police officers throughout Texas asking those they suspect of being illegal for their immigration papers during routine police stops.
The new law in Texas does not come into effect until September, and is currently being challenged. But that has done little to dampen the widespread alarm amongst Texas' 10 million Hispanics.
During the election campaign, President Trump promised to oust millions of undocumented people, at one point controversially casting most of them as criminals. Later, he pledged to deport the criminals first.
The crackdown actually predates the new president and has been going on for years. President Barack Obama deported around three million, more than any recent president.
But shortly after taking office, President Trump scrapped his predecessor's priority list for deportations, which had put criminals at the top. President Trump then issued his own executive orders making criminals and non-criminals an equal priority for deportation. In his first 100 days in office, 41,000 known or suspected illegal immigrants were deported, most of them criminals. But the number of those deported who had no criminal record more than doubled compared to the same period in 2016, to over 10,000.
President Trump also recently scrapped the protections President Obama's administration offered to undocumented parents who were law-abiding. "Nobody wants families split and the way to ensure that if you're a family is to not come to this country illegally" said Jim Brulte, the Chairman of the Republican Party in California. "Sometimes the sins of the father are visited upon the sons" he said.
Almost 2,000 miles from Maria's house in a neighbourhood in San Diego, California, the Duarte family have felt the impact of this policy change. The four Duarte children were getting ready for school one Tuesday morning in May, when Border Patrol agents arrested both of their parents and took them to an immigrant detention centre. "We just sat down and cried," said Yarely Duarte, 12.
The first night, Yarely and her twin sister Aracely moved their beds into the same room as their two teenage brothers, for comfort. The oldest brother Francisco, 19, took charge - cooking, buying the food and helping get his younger sisters off to school. Border Patrol initially accused parents Rosenda and Francisco Duarte Snr of involvement in international human trafficking, but later dropped the accusation. Neither parent has a criminal record. Rosenda Duarte was released from detention on bail in late June while her case is reassessed. But she and her husband, who is still in detention, still face possible deportation.
Mark Lane, who gives legal advice to other scared immigrants in the community, said he gets 10 to 15 calls a day. He said: "We had one family that we're dealing with over the last two months. They've taken three separate members of the family. It's happening all over."
Back in Brownsville, Texas, Maria is now preparing to sign custody of her children over to her sister in case she is deported. She doesn't want to risk her children, Stephanie and Joseph, being left alone, or being put into foster care. Hundreds of other undocumented parents across America are making alternative custody arrangements for their children, as President Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants gets under way.
For decades, neither political party in America has been able to solve the problem of the 11 million undocumented immigrants. Many Democrats want to offer the majority who are non-criminals a chance to become US citizens. Republicans generally oppose this, and many want to see the existing law, which requires the removal of all illegal immigrants, enforced.
"There's not much of a choice when it comes to enforcing the law," said Timothy Robbins, acting chief of staff of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "At times, there are going to be families that are separated. It's very, very difficult especially for the children but the reality is our officers are going to enforce the law."

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

HSC results: Fall in pass rates fall in standard too


THE results of this year's HSC examinations saw a significant fall in both the success rate and the number of highest achievers due to the introduction of a new evaluation method, students' poor performance in English and shocking performance of students of Comilla Board. The overall pass rate of Higher ...

Cricket »

Mahmudullah Riyad passes ten years in international cricket


Sports Reporter :Mahmudullah Riyad have passed ten years in international cricket. Riyad made his debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka on 25th July in 2007 at Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. He made his debut memorable scoring 36 runs and bagging two wickets for 28 runs. Riyad ...

Sports »

Britain`s Adam Peaty swims when setting a new world record in a men`s 50-meter breaststroke heat during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Tuesday.


Entertainment »

Tareen`s two Eid telefilms


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :While staying inside or outside the country her parents always remains worried at their residence in the city’s Dhanmondi area. For this reason, after finishing her works Tareen prefers to comeback to parents. Because she feels she is still child to them. Despite having engagement with activities ...

Entertainment »

Shah Rukh collaborates with Grammy winner Diplo for Jab Harry met Sejal


Shah Rukh Khan collaborates with yet another International music sensation after Akon. Shah Rukh and Grammy Winer Diplo come together for a song titled Phurrr from Jab Harry met Sejal. The Superstar has earlier got Akon on board for his film Ra.One, wherein Akon lent his voice for Chammak Challo ...

International »

Saudi, allies unveil Qatar `terrorist` blacklist


AFP, Riyadh :Saudi Arabia and its allies unveiled a "terrorist" blacklist on Tuesday of 18 organisations and individuals suspected of links with Islamist extremism that they said had ties with regional rival Qatar.The move by the four Arab governments came despite mounting international pressure to compromise in their weeks-old boycott ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressing the DC Conference at her office on Tuesday.


Editorial »

They are only self-seekers and have no love for Bangabandhu


WHEN there are so many critically important national issues to be addressed - some of our politicians needlessly makes a mountain out of a mole hill by creating pointless controversy. This time the hullabaloo surrounds the portrait drawing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib by a ten-year old boy. Understandably, there was ...

Football »

Neymar staying at Barcelona, says teammate Pique


Brazilian superstar striker Neymar will stay with Barcelona, according to teammate Gerard Pique, who posted a Twitter message on the striker's status Sunday.Spanish international defender Pique indicated the South American maestro would continue at Camp Nou by tweeting a photo of Neymar with the caption "He's staying."The message came hours ...

International »

China says it wants to `maintain stability` in disputed South China Sea


Reuters, Bangkok :Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters.The United States has criticized China for disregarding international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands ...

Entertainment »

Kriti Sanon dances her heart out on Hawa Hawa from Mubarakan


Kriti Sanon dances her heart out as she posted her take on Mubarakan’s Hawa Hawa song. Ever since the release Hawa Hawa is going contagious not just amongst the audiences but also amongst the Bollywood Industry. After Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan its Kriti Sanon who grooves to this high ...

Entertainment »

Disco Disco from A Gentleman is Jacqueline’s hottest song ever


Jacqueline Fernandez, who is known to be the face of Bollywood’s chartbusters, has yet another hit track to her credit. A Gentleman’s Disco Disco song, which features Jacqueline Fernandez letting her hair down to the Disco tunes. The newly launched song showcases Jacqueline in a smoldering hot avatar. The actress ...

City »

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman speaking at a prèss conference on `South Asian Observation in Reducing Climate Change` in the city`s Midas Center on Monday.


International »

Divided UK, inconclusive election could put brakes on Brexit


AP, London :Lucy Harris thinks Britain's decision to leave the European Union is a dream come true. Nick Hopkinson thinks it's a nightmare.The two Britons - a "leave" supporter and a "remainer" - represent the great divide in a country that stepped into the unknown just over a year ago, ...

Editorial »

Dhaka needs more space to ease traffic congestion


ACCORDING to a report published by a renowned foreign specialist and a researcher on modern Dhaka - it was revealed that one of the main reasons for increased congestion experienced in the roads and communications system in Dhaka is because of its messy expansion on all the four corners. The ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news