Trump’s immigration crackdown

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Guests: Erika Almiron, Caitlin Barry, Erika Guadalupe Nunez, Steven Camarota

The Trump administration laid out its plans for stricter immigration enforcement this week, which includes empowering state and local law enforcement to more aggressively pursue, detain and deport undocumented immigrants. Critics worry the directives are too broad, will pull families apart, and could lead to abuse by local authorities. We wanted to hear about how immigrant communities in Philadelphia, a sanctuary city, are feeling about the Trump administration’s crackdown, particularly coming just weeks after Trump’s immigration ban was stopped by a federal appeals court. Marty talks with ERIKA ALMIRON, executive director of Juntos, a South Philadelphia immigrant advocacy group, CAITLIN BARRY, an assistant professor at Villanova University School of Law, and ERIKA GUADALUPE NUNEZ, an artist and community organizer.  And we’ll hear from STEVEN CAMAROTA, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports enhanced immigration enforcement.

Reading List:

“Fact Sheet: Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” – U.S. Department of Homeland Security

“Major Elements of Trump’s New Immigration Policies” – Nicholas Kulish, Vivian Yee, Caitlin Dickerson et al. (New York Times)

“Trump Looking to Local Police for Immigration Enforcement” – Matthew Feeney (Cato Institute blog)

“Since Nov. 8, deportation for some at Berks immigrant detention facility accelerates” – Laura Benshoff  (Newsworks)



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