- Dec 5, 2019
Thousands of Vietnamese immigrants in the U.S. who were previously protected under an agreement largely for refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam could face detention and deportation in coming months.
In an effort to deport more people than President Obama did, the Trump administration is focusing on immigrants who follow the rules and show up to their meeting with ICE to tell them their whereabouts. Criminals and people who pose a danger to society are too difficult to find so they are a lower priority.
El Paso’s Bishop Mark J. Seitz says the current system of deportations is one that “forces people to their deaths,” and the Catholic community needs to respond, particularly by accompanying people in their struggles.
Complicating matters for immigrants apprehended by ICE is that the agency moves detainees rapidly from location to location, making it even tougher for them to obtain counsel and access to federal or immigration courts, according to the ACLU suit.
After the Associated Press obtained a draft memo outlining a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, New Mexico’s Catholic bishops called the idea “a declaration of some form of war.” The White House has denied the memo.
Responding to the fears, Spanish-language television network Telemundo hosted a prime-time show Feb. 12: “Immigration, Trump and Hispanics.” The show featured activists, lawyers, children of deported parents and relatives, along with advice about what to do if government officials come knocking.