In solidarity with their undocumented immigrant employees, several business owners closed shop for a day on Thursday. The initiative gathered less momentum than expected but kept the attention of the media on the deportation program which is underway.
Homeland Security officials deny that deportations are higher than in the past. Particular attention is being given to people who have enrolled in DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This is an Obama-administration policy that grants temporary deportation reprieves and working permits to people brought to the United States illegally as children.
The area is thorny since when arrests are made of illegal aliens with a criminal background other family members are often involved. The matter is further complicated by an overheated confrontation on the media and a frantic legal activity on all sides. Matters are often exaggerated and false information is being released.
Significant Judiciary Actions Expected in the Field of Immigration
As a result, confusion is mounting up on the immigration scene not only in the US but World Wide. Legal activity and judiciary activity is expected to reshape the immigration landscape in the months to come.
The objective is to set sentences that will affect executive action and lessen or confirm the scope of the executive orders issued so far by the President. An area of particular concern is DACA and the “dreamers”, that is undocumented people who were granted temporary valid status by the Obama administration. Another area of concern is the right of representation for non-citizens.
Many changes are already underway in the way judges tackle immigration issues. Federal judges are being called upon to intervene in immigration matters nationwide. Daniel Ramirez Medina, a dreamer that was apprehended recently during the arrest of a felon who had been previously deported. The arrest was performed by ICE in Demoines and the boy is detained by ICE in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Yet the petition for his release was filed with a federal judge in Seattle.
The federal magistrate ruled he wasn’t empowered to free Ramirez before an immigration judge could evaluate the matter. Therefore he required a bond hearing to be held within a week. U.S. District Court does not usually exercise authority over the immigration-court system. Washington as a state had already proclaimed itself against Donald Trump’s new immigration orders and it is becoming a major center for legal action on immigration matters.