Trump Adopts Joe Arpaio's Punitive Approach to Immigration

Trump Adopts Joe Arpaio's Punitive Approach to Immigration

Former Maricopa County Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio rose to national prominence for being tough on immigration, even going so far to build a so-called “concentration camp” outside in the desert to house detained immigrants. Arpaio provided a sweeping endorsement of Trump at a crucial time in the 2016 primaries and is now running for U.S. Senate. Arpaio also made the news when a federal judge found him guilty of contempt of court for refusing to abide by a court order to stop detaining people based on a suspicion that they had no legal immigration status – a conviction that Trump promptly pardoned, even in the midst of Hurricane Harvey. Trump’s quick action to pardon Arpaio sent a clear message to former immigration officials and immigration advocates alike – Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials now have license to act more aggressively than ever and are basically free to engage in racial profiling. Furthermore, Trump evidently has picked up on some of Arpaio’s heavy-handed immigration enforcement techniques, as shown by his aggressive expansion of immigrant detention centers in the U.S., largely run by private, for-profit prison companies. The conditions tend to be harsh and even inhumane in some facilities, and they are beginning to fill up not with the “bad hombres” that Trump claimed he would detain during his campaign, but with individuals who clearly pose no threat to public safety. In fact, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has requested an additional $2.7 billion from Congress in order to increase immigration detention capacity by at least 25%. The ultimate goal of ICE is to fund the detention of 51,000 immigrants on a daily basis. If you or a loved one have no legal immigration status or otherwise are at risk of deportation, we are here to help. If ICE has detained a loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential to securing his or her release and defending him or her from deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.
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