Faces of Trump’s Mass Deportations: As Trump Rolls Back DAPA, Families Continue To Be Deported
June 16, 2017
As the Trump administration announced they had officially rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), ICE continues to actively deport families without criminal records and stoke fear in communities. Tom Perez released the following statement on Trump’s actions that tear families apart:
“Democrats believe that our country’s greatness lies in its compassion and its diversity. That’s why we’ve continued to stand up and fight for immigrant parents and their children who want nothing more than the chance at a better life in America.
“This decision is yet another unconscionable act by the Trump administration to target innocent families. Taking parents away from their children doesn’t make our country safer. It devastates communities, hurts our economy, and undermines our national security. Such heartless actions are an affront to American values and a betrayal of our place as the world’s beacon of liberty, equality, and opportunity for all people.”
Here are the latest faces of deportation:
NBC Los Angeles: Diego Ismael Puma Macancela—Detained By ICE Agents The Day Of His Senior Prom.
A Westchester high school student was detained by federal immigration police on the day of his senior prom, and a day after his mother was taken into custody for deportation, according to officials and family. Diego Ismael Puma Macancela, a 19-year-old Ecuadorean national is a senior at Ossining High School. He arrived in the U.S. with his mother in 2014. They fled their native country because of gang violence.
Las Cruces Sun-News: Francia Elena-Castaño—Mother Of Two Sons, Was Deported Without Getting The Opportunity To Say Goodbye To Her Family.
Francia Elena-Castaño, the mother of two sons and a longtime member of Our Lady of Health Catholic Church in Las Cruces, was deported without getting the opportunity to say goodbye to her family, NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (CAFé) said in a press release Thursday. Neither her lawyer or family were notified, the group said.
WRAL: Mosa Hamadeesa—Father Of Four And Caretaker For His 9-Year-Old Daughter Who Has A Rare Medical Condition.
Friends of Hamadeesa, who is a Palestinian, says he was running for his life when he left the West Bank of Israel. ‘A great guy, a family guy, a provider,’ said Mohamed Alminifi, a friend of Hamadeesa. ‘He paid his taxes. He's extremely clean. He doesn't even have a traffic ticket.’ Hamadeesa is now a manager at an auto-repair shop in Apex. ‘He's a master mechanic, he's not a regular mechanic,’ said Mohammad Ali, Hamadeesa's boss. But Hamadeesa’s most important role is as a husband, father of four and caretaker for his 9-year-old daughter, Nadine, who has a rare medical condition. ‘She's extremely attached to her father,’ Alminifi said.
Hamadeesa and his wife (WRAL)
WBAL TV: Jesus Peraza—Detained By Immigration Officials After Dropping His Son Off At School.
The case of a Baltimore immigrant, which was made prominent by his arrest outside his son's school, took a new turn Thursday. Jesus Peraza is dropping his fight in the court to stay in the U.S., which puts him at risk of immediate deportation. Peraza has now been in jail for nearly three months. He was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in March after dropping off his 10-year-old son, Anderson, at school in southeast Baltimore.
The Inquirer: Jonatan Palacio—Entered The Country As An Unaccompanied Minor 11 Years Ago And NowFaces Possible Deportation.
Palacios had left his hometown of Comayagua at 16 and crossed the Mexico-U.S. border as an unaccompanied minor, fleeing a life of abuse and abandonment by his father and severe poverty…When he crossed the border, she said, ‘he was apprehended immediately.’ As an unaccompanied minor, he was released to his cousin, a U.S. citizen who lived in Radnor. But Palacios later missed a court date and a Philadelphia immigration judge in 2008 issued an order for his deportation.
Jonathan Palacio and his wife, Lillie Williams
NBC Chicago: Noe Adan Carlos-Herrera—Father of U.S. citizen ordered to attend ICE appointment with plane ticket to Mexico in hand.
A man told to come to immigration headquarters with a ticket to Mexico on Tuesday will have to wait a few more days for a decision on whether or not he will be allowed to stay in the United States. … He was told to arrive with a plane ticket in hand, should authorities decide not to grant him a stay of removal and instead send him back to Mexico immediately.