When do you think we’ll be in a position to deport a third of our own population?
Posted On June 20, 2021
As Donald Trump’s administration ramps up deportations, immigration advocates have begun looking for a better way to answer that question.
On Tuesday, the American Immigration Council announced it will start asking people who are undocumented immigrants to share their immigration history and why they are here, rather than relying on what they’ve said on social media.
This is a good first step, said Mark Krikorian, director of policy and research for the advocacy group.
But it still won’t be enough.
“It’s not enough to get people who might be undocumented to come forward and tell us their story,” he said.
“We need to get the whole story.”
While many of the people who were released from detention in the last week are still undocumented, many are in deportation proceedings and could potentially be deported.
Those who aren’t have been barred from the country, and so ICE officials say it’s time to take a look at what other undocumented immigrants might be willing to share with the group.
So far, the agency has only offered interviews with people who had been arrested or had committed a crime, said Kelly Sullivan, a spokeswoman for ICE.
She said the agency plans to make the interviews public in the coming weeks.
The organization is also preparing for interviews with anyone who was arrested and has a criminal record.
In addition to interviewing people who’ve been in the country illegally, the group is also asking people to give their immigration histories and provide additional details about why they were in the United States.
For example, it will ask if the person has been in prison for a felony, whether they were convicted of a felony and how long they’ve been here.
If the person answered yes to either question, it could potentially deport them.
But Sullivan said people should be careful what they say online.
“I would not go so far as to say this is a perfect way to do it,” she said.
It’s too early to say if the group will have enough interviews to identify undocumented immigrants who would be willing for the interviews.
But some advocates believe it’s a good start.
“There’s a very good chance we’re going to see more people willing to come on the record to share some of their story and to share a story that would help people understand the system better,” said Michael J. Green, the executive director of the Immigrant Rights Project.
“That’s the way to go.
There’s no other way to get to a better understanding.”
The American Immigration Center said in a statement that the interviews will be open to the public.
“The American Immigration Committee is committed to bringing the full and honest picture of the U.S. immigration system to the American people, and will not shy away from sharing important facts and facts that are needed to make this information widely available,” it said.
Trump and his administration have used Trump’s campaign rhetoric and his rhetoric on immigration to create fear among people.
The administration has targeted immigrants who are in the U-2 program, a program that allows them to stay in the nation as long as they pass background checks and complete other duties, and who have been convicted of felonies.
The program, which was expanded in 2013, allows some undocumented immigrants in the program to remain in the US as long they do not commit a crime.