Immigration, Roundup

Trump Administration Deports the First Protected Childhood-Arriving Immigrant

The deportation of Juan Montes Shows that the Trump administration is not following its stated view that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals wouldn’t be terminated.

Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign and into his presidency, there has been a lingering question about just how far the administration would go. One flashpoint that tugs at many people’s heartstrings is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era executive order that granted “deferred” status to immigrants who had been brought into the United States illegally as children.

Trump himself has called this a “very, very, very difficult issue.” Under Department of Homeland Security memos issued early into his term, DACA was not repealed: It  is still officially in place. Yet a case in California, reported by USA Today, demonstrates why this is so “difficult.”

Federal agents ignored President Trump’s pledge to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by sending a young man back to his native Mexico, the first such documented case….
After spending an evening with his girlfriend in Calexico, Calif., on Feb. 17, Juan Manuel Montes, 23, who has lived in the U.S. since age 9, grabbed a bite and was waiting for a ride when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer approached and started asking questions.
Montes was twice granted deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program….

Juan Montes was deported within three hours, in part because he didn’t have his government-issued ID card. He had left his wallet in a friend’s car, including also his DACA papers, but wasn’t allowed to retrieve them.

This is a very worrisome sign for the estimated 750,000 persons brought to the U.S. as children and who carried DACA status under Obama. They’re also commonly referred to as “DREAMers” in reference to a failed bill in Congress which would have legalized many of them.

These are people who’ve lived here their whole adult lives, who contribute to America’s economy as workers and consumers, and who are, for all intents and purposes, just as American as any citizen. Many of them haven’t been to the country of their birth since infancy, and don’t even speak its language. Punishing somebody’s adult children for the sins of their parents is barbaric, and something that sounds like a relic from the Dark Ages. It’s what motivated the framers of the constitution to prohibit “the corruption of blood,” or the punishment of children for the crime of a part, in , in Article III, Section 3, and paragraph 2..

As a coincidence, the lawsuit challenging this deportation will be heard by Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, the same federal judge who was attacked by then-candidate Trump as a “Mexican” while overseeing the Trump University lawsuit.

Andy Craig

A writer and political consultant in Milwaukee, WI, Andy Craig is active in several roles within the Libertarian Party, including two campaigns for public office, re-establishing official party status in Wisconsin, and receiving over 11% of the vote for Congress. He works with candidates on recruitment, strategy, messaging, ballot access, and endorsements, overseeing the latter for the Johnson/Weld campaign.

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