The State of Immigration Justice

Advocates Mobilize to Defend Immigrants as Enforcement Ramps Up

In 2015, Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by linking Mexican immigrants to drugs, crime, and rape.Janell Ross, “From Mexican Rapists to Bad Hombres, the Trump Campaign in Two Moments,” Washington Post, October 20, 2016. Two years later, the Trump administration has been ramping up immigration enforcement and expanding the immigration detention system, which already subjects record numbers of noncitizens, including children, to prolonged periods in custody. 

The immigration enforcement and detention system has rarely received more public attention than it did in 2017. Although the news from 2017 was overwhelmingly unfavorable for immigrants in America, immigrants and their advocates did post some wins. 

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