Last updated December 17, 2020. Download a PDF packet of infographics at bit.ly/wola_border.
ICE deported back to Guatemala hundreds of people who tested positive for COVID-19.
Migrants in limbo have hope for change if Donald Trump loses the election, but walking back many of the Trump administration’s anti-asylum policies will be difficult.
Caption: “ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removes aliens from the U.S. who are subject to a final order of removal or have been granted voluntary departure.”
- Judge Carl Nichols of the U.S. District Court of Washington rules in favor of a 16-year-old Honduran boy at risk of deportation under the CDC’s emergency shutdown. A conservative appointed by President Trump, it is Nichols’ second time this month siding with the ACLU in questioning the public health law’s ability to authorize expulsions. While it specifically concerns relief for a migrant child, there is hope from human rights advocates that this ruling will set a precedent moving forward with additional challenges to the order’s legality.
The Mexican government’s collection of 2019 statistics on migrant apprehensions, deportations, deportations from the United States, and other data. (Link at segob.gob.mx)
“This report will quantify, in stark terms, the likely transmission of COVID through ICE Air flights shuffling detainees between detention centers.”
An overview of the dangers and illegality of the Trump administration’s quick expulsions of asylum seekers during the COVID-19 border closure.
- Led by Amnesty International, multiple NGOS release an explainer on U.S. deportations and expulsions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The ACLU criticizes the indefinite extension of the order enabling the deportation of thousands throughout the pandemic. The ACLU states that CBP has unjustly been able to prevent 99.99% of migrants from applying for asylum due to acquired internal CBP guidance, which directs agents to turn away anyone who can not “make an affirmative, spontaneous, and reasonably believable claim that they fear being tortured in the country they are being sent back two.”
An analysis of ICE deportation flights and the certainty that they are spreading COVID-19.
Four coronavirus “hotspots” that the Trump administration’s border and migration policies risk creating.
- Gilmer Barrios, a citizen of Guatemala with an open case in U.S. immigration court and no prior deportation order, was stopped at a CBP checkpoint near San Diego, California, and rapidly deported to Tijuana on March 23. On April 17, Barrios has finally secured passage back to the United States after intervention from the Guatemalan consul general in Los Angeles, California.
An analysis by me, in English and Spanish, of how the Trump administration’s coronavirus measures have not only put its whole immigration agenda in place, but are also threatening to spread the virus.
A statement from 61 organizations objecting to the Trump administration’s harsh border, asylum, and deportation measures during the COVID-19 emergency.
Some of what the Trump administration is implementing at the border risks worsening the COVID-19 pandemic at home and exporting it to other countries.