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The Faces of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown in 2017

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Five days into his presidency, Donald Trump expelled a span of executive orders that put America’s whole undocumented race on the list for deportation. The cold, official language read: “We will not free classes or categories of removable aliens from intensity enforcement.”

The pierce anxious the nation’s immigration cops. “Now they have definition to their jobs; what this boss has finished is taken the shackles off of law coercion officers,” pronounced behaving Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executive Thomas Homan. “The option has come back to us,” a maestro ICE agent told the New York Times. “We’re devoted again.”

ICE coercion officers have capitalized on this newfound freedom, making 40 percent more arrests given Trump’s coronation than in the same timeframe last year. To grasp that spike, sovereign agents have wanted down immigrants they would have before ignored, in places they would have before avoided. They’ve arrested immigrants outward shelters, in courthouses and hospitals and during slight check-ins. They’ve arrested mothers with mixed citizen children, “Dreamers” with current work permits, kids falsely suspected of squad involvement, women seeking protecting orders, kin transporting a baby for medicine and even a 10-year-old with intelligent palsy.


Top left: Rosa Maria Hernandez. Bottom, from left to right: Security footage of Irvin Gonzalez in El Paso County, Martin Mendez Pineda, Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, Juan Coronilla Guerrero

Top left: Rosa Maria Hernandez. Bottom, from left to right: Security footage of Irvin Gonzalez in El Paso County, Martin Mendez Pineda, Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, Juan Coronilla Guerrero ILLUSTRATION BY SUNNY SONE

Below is a list of such stories, conjunction downright nor a “worst of,” that illustrates the extent of those targeted by a newly emboldened deportation force. What the cases have in common is that they were doubtful to start under the prior administration. They are material of a demagogue’s campaign that began with job Mexicans “rapists” and finished in the White House.

Rosa Maria Hernandez

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Rosa Maria Hernandez  VIA TWITTER

Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old with intelligent palsy, was roving on Oct 24 with an adult cousin from Laredo to Corpus Christi for gallbladder surgery. Her undocumented kin didn’t accompany her out of fear of a Border Patrol checkpoint between the cities. Hernandez reportedly has the cognitive ability of a 6-year-old and had never been but her family.

Border Patrol agents allowed Hernandez, who is also undocumented, to pass by the checkpoint but followed her to Corpus Christi and waited for her in the hospital as she underwent the operation. They then held her in sovereign control in San Antonio for 10 days. When her father visited, she detonate into tears, asking because she couldn’t go home. Hernandez was finally expelled after a viral social media campaign and vigour from inaugurated officials. “It is the many vast case we have ever worked on,” Michael Tan, ACLU staff attorney, told the Washington Post.

Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez

Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez


Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, a 23-year-old who’s cognitively infirm from a dire brain injury, may have been the first “Dreamer,” or immature immigrant allowed to work and live legally in the country under DACA, to be deported under Trump. On Feb 17, according to his lawyers, Bojorquez was walking to a cab hire in Calexico, California, when a Border Patrol agent stopped him. Bojorquez, who came to the U.S. at 9 years old and was an rural worker, had reportedly left his work assent and wallet in a friend’s car. His attorneys contend agents walked Bojorquez into Mexico and left him there that night.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have denied that account, claiming agents first found him trying to cranky illegally into California on Feb 19, after which he was deported back to Mexico. After 9 months vital with kin and an aborted lawsuit against the feds over his deportation, Bojorquez tried nonetheless again to cranky illegally on Nov 6 and was captured. He was after booked into jail on a transgression charge of being a deported immigrant found in the country, and he was denied bail on Nov 16, according to justice filings.

Other DACA holders have faced detention, including a Washington man falsely accused of squad membership and a Mississippi woman detained after speaking at a rally. Trump is set to cancel the program in March, and the nearly 700,000 DACA holders await Congressional action.

Irvin Gonzalez

Irvin Gonzalez El Paso County

Irvin Gonzalez  EL PASO COUNTY

On Feb 9, Irvin Gonzalez, a 33-year-old transgender lady who’d been deported to Mexico 6 times, was seeking a protecting sequence against an aroused ex-boyfriend in an El Paso courthouse. “I felt very fast and fast in the court,” she told the New Yorker.

After the judge postulated her protecting order, an ICE agent arrived at the watchful room door, arrested Gonzalez and escorted her out of the courtroom. “I’ve been in the building 23 years, and we can't remember immigration officials ever going into a courtroom or targeting a protective-order court,” said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.

Gonzalez’s case was the commencement of a new trend of ICE coercion at courthouses, which were before deliberate off-limits — with at least 40 instances in New York City alone this year.

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Juan Coronilla Guerrero

Photo: Juan Coronilla Guerrero  COURTESY/ATTORNEY DANIEL BETTS

At slightest one of ICE’s building arrests has valid fatal. Juan Coronilla Guerrero, 28, was arrested by ICE agents in an conveyor at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin on Mar 3, while appearing on charges of family assault and pot possession. Coronilla was deported back to Mexico, and in September, his physique incited up on the side of a highway in the state of Guanajuato. According to his wife, who after pronounced the family assault charges were a “misunderstanding,” Coronilla was a victim of the same squad members he creatively fled.

“I knew that if he came back here, they were going to kill him, and look, that’s what happened,” she told the Austin American-Statesman.

“Carolina Ramirez”

Carolina Ramirez, who requested a pseudonym, spent two months traveling from El Salvador to Texas, a formidable tour during which her raider raped her mixed times. In February, she detected she was carrying her smuggler’s child while incarcerated at the Joe Corley Detention Center, a for-profit trickery that’s been the site of a craving strike and rape allegations.

Rather than recover Ramirez, as sovereign policy encourages, ICE officials inaugurated to catch her for 6 months, during which time she stopped eating, began sleeping excessively and was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Her case is partial of a trend under Trump, according to advocates, of ICE “fail[ing] to reside by its own policy against detaining profound women.” Since last October, 525 profound women have been detained.

The Conejo Brothers

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Juan Luis Conejo  VIA FACEBOOK

On Feb 11, Juan Luis Conejo and his hermit Everardo, both undocumented Austin construction workers with no rapist records, were swept up in an anti-“sanctuary city” ICE raid that netted some-more than 51 arrests of mostly noncriminals. The span was pushing on Interstate 35 when a state highway look-out pulled them over for a broken top taillight. What creates their case surprising is that the guard chose to catch them for scarcely an hour on the side of the highway while watchful for ICE to arrive and collect them up.

That kind of constitutionally questionable cooperation is common with Border Patrol agents nearby the border, but not with ICE so distant into the interior. “I haven’t listened of this happening as distant north as Austin,” pronounced Astrid Dominguez, policy strategist with the ACLU of Texas. “But we consider everyone’s fear is that it will start happening a lot more.” The brothers were deported by the following evening.

Martin Mendez Pineda

Martin Mendez Pineda, Facebook

Martin Mendez Pineda  VIA FACEBOOK

Martin Mendez Pineda, 26, before worked as a reporter in Guerrero, Mexico’s many aroused state. His coverage of police assault warranted him death threats, and he fled in Feb to find haven in the U.S. He upheld an initial screening on Mar 1, but his requests for release were denied as he bounced around apprehension facilities.

Mendez described the West Texas Detention Facility in Sierra Blanca: “It is famous by the detainees as ‘el gallinero’ (the henhouse) given the fort resemble a fast for stock or chickens, designed for approximately 60 people but now housing some-more than 100 people … with steel bunks, worn-out rubber mattresses, wooden floors, bathrooms with the walls covered in immature and yellow mold, weeds everywhere and snakes and rats that come in the night … Honestly, it is hell.”

Mendez relinquished his haven explain after 3 months and went into hiding in Mexico. In September, he attempted to enter the U.S. to attend a D.C. row on press freedoms abroad but was denied entry. The National Press Club said: “The case of Martin Mendez illustrates how distant the United States has depressed from its once-high post as a guide of press freedom.” Eleven reporters have been killed in Mexico this year.

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a 35-year-old mom of two American citizens, had been checking in frequently with ICE given 2013. In 2008, she’d been convicted for using a feign social confidence series to work, but as a mom with an differently purify record she wasn’t a priority for deportation. But on Feb 8, she went to her check-in in Phoenix and was deported within 24 hours.

“Rather than tracking down aroused criminals and drug dealers, ICE is spending its appetite deporting a lady with two American children who has lived here for some-more than two decades and poses a hazard to nobody,” pronounced Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton at the time. Garcia’s daughter Stephanie told CNN, “We don’t merit to go by this. No family deserves to go by this. It’s heartbreaking. No one should feel this much pain, no one should go by this much suffering.”


This essay creatively seemed on The Texas Observer.

Gus Bova is a reporter-researcher at the Texas Observer. He focuses on immigration, the U.S.-Mexico limit and grassroots movements. 

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