Immigration Enforcement Agents are currently approaching students as they make their way to school or even as they wait for the bus. Activists and advocates state that the targeting of these immigrant children is spreading anguish throughout schools and impeding upon the push for diversity reform. On May 27 of this year, a briefing was held on Capitol Hill to allow for discussion on the issue. Classmates and teachers of students detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gathered along with experts on the subject to propose a cessation to the detainment of young immigrants.
Two pivotal cases that were discussed at the briefing are those of two migrant students. The two minors are currently being detained and face deportation back to the countries they fled to escape conditions of severe poverty. They sought liberation from environments where murder, torture, and mass kidnappings also regularly occur.
Immigrants who have entered the country after January 1, 2014 now face greater hardships than those arriving before them. As of the aforementioned date, immigrants are now prioritized for deportation as much as terrorists or felons are. Activists that gathered for the Capitol Hill briefing have questioned these new rules, and are using the cases of these two migrant students to back up their argument.
According to Ana Miriam Carpio of the Salvadoran Union, ICE is looking to deport immigrant children who had entered the country after January 1, 2014, but have turned 18 since being in the United States. In January of this year, immigrant enforcement agents picked up these two students as a result of Operation Border Guardian. This raid detained 336 immigrants and focused solely on those that had come to the United States as minors, but have since turned 18.
The two students, prior to being detained, were hailed for their academic achievements as well as their contributions to the communities into which they settled. The young male student sought asylum in the U.S. after gang members killed his cousins and uncle. He also faced threats from the same gang.
The other student and her sisters came to the U.S. to reconnect with their parents after they found themselves being harassed by gangs pushing them into prostitution. After being detained at the border, they were discharged to their mother. Following the discharge, the student was again detained after she did not respond to a notice sent by ICE. She states that the notice never arrived. She, along with the other student, state that they were not advised to file for asylum.
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