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AILA Doc. No. 18031239 | Dated March 14, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today released a new report detailing how the Trump administration has systematically increased enforcement, using harsh, indiscriminate methods to deport thousands of families, asylum seekers, and people who have lived and worked for years in the United States.
AILA President Annaluisa Padilla said, "With this report, we are calling the president and his administration to account for the detrimental impact these inhumane and wasteful shifts in policy have had on so many across the country." She continued, "The human toll has touched families and communities nationwide, and the examples cited in the report paint a clear picture of the chaos and fear these policies have engendered. These policies aren't smart, they aren't reasonable, and they are hurting American families, businesses and communities."
Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations and chief editor of the report added, "As Congress weighs in on federal spending for the remainder of this year and considers appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019, this report must not be ignored. Congress should refuse to feed the Administration's endless appetite for huge increases in enforcement spending - including 52,000 immigration detention beds, 2,000 additional ICE personnel and 750 additional border patrol agents, and $1.6 billion for the border wall. If they acquiesce to the president's demands, they will be complicit in his mass deportation plan. Instead, America needs sensible immigration enforcement that is accountable to the public and the Constitution. It's clear from AILA's report that we don't have that now."
Detailed in the report are policies including:
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