In Troubling Sign, ICE Re-Opens Deportation Investigations Relating To DREAMERS
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reopening cases against long-protected Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents as children and were offered protections by the Obama administration.
According to CNN, ICE has begun a sweeping effort to reopen the cases of all Dreamers ahead of an eventual Supreme Court decision on whether the Trump administration can end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), which has granted protection to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants.
ICE is asking immigration courts to reopen administratively closed deportation cases against DACA recipients “who continue to have no criminal record, or only a minor record,” CNN reported. At least 14 reopened cases have been confirmed so far.
In an email, ICE told the news outlet that "re-calendaring of administratively closed cases is occurring nationwide and not isolated to a particular state or region."
President Donald Trump has indicated he has no plans to deport DACA recipients, but immigration attorneys have said the reopening of cases suggests the Trump administration is preparing to initiate deportations if the Supreme Court ends the program.
A ruling on the program is expected no later than June.
"The bottom line is that they [ICE] are teeing these young people up to have final removal orders, and to be removed from the US as soon as DACA is eliminated," Jesse Evans-Schroeder, an immigration attorney in Tucson, told CNN.