Category Archives: Deportation

A Portrait of the High Cost of Deportation

On December 12th, 2017 The Guardian published a heartbreaking portrait of a woman who was deported from the United States after living in Los Angeles County for more than 25 years. Luz María Hernández, originally from Guerrero, Mexico, a southern state that has been rocked by violence related to the drug trade, was detained by... READ MORE

Is ICE Targeting ‘Sanctuary Cities’ for Enforcement?

On September 29th, 2017, Mercury News reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently arrested at least 498 people in a four-day national immigration sweep. This is a sudden and very concerning increase in immigration enforcement action. Once again, it is another highly public action taken by the agency in an effort to intimidate... READ MORE

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals): How to Protect it and Why You Should

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (or DACA, as it is more commonly known) is a policy that lets those who came into the country as children get access to a (renewable) two-year reprieve from potential deportation. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration has been openly hostile to the continuation of this vitally important program. As... READ MORE

Can Immigrants Seek Asylum in a Church to Avoid Deportation?

More than ever, immigrants in the Los Angeles area worry that they may face deportation. Being removed or deported from the United States would have very serious consequences, breaking a person up from their friends, families and their home. Many people have turned to their churches as a potential sanctuary from potential deportation. A Woman... READ MORE

What is the L.A. Justice Fund?

In December of 2016, with the beginning of the Trump presidency less than a month away, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the creation of a $10 million fund to provide legal support and assistance to undocumented immigrants facing deportation hearings. The L.A. Justice Fund is modelled after other similar funds that already exist in... READ MORE

ICE Protests and Arrests

On April 13th, 2017, at least 35 protesters were arrested in downtown Los Angeles. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the demonstrators were protesting the harsh immigration enforcement actions that have been taken by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in the early days of the Trump Administration. Among those arrested were religious... READ MORE

ICE Raids

United States Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) is the federal agency responsible for overseeing border security and immigration. In the early weeks of the Trump Administration, there have been reports that ICE is increasing raids within American communities. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Trump Administration have continuously failed to provide the... READ MORE

Catch & Release: What Does it Mean?

‘Catch and release’ is the colloquial (slang) name of a long-time U.S. immigration enforcement protocol. Essentially, the policy simply allows those who have been accused of immigration violations to be released in the interim period while they are waiting to go before an immigration judge. Politically, catch and release has become an extremely controversial issue.... READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Views on Immigration

On July 21st, 2016, Donald Trump officially became the presidential nominee of the Republican party. After defeating rivals that included Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Trump was nominated at the GOP convention in Cleveland. Trump has made headlines on many different issues throughout this campaign, including on... READ MORE