The Trump administration regularly asserts that undocumented immigrants are predatory and threaten public safety. Immigrant advocates say that talk demonizes an entire class of people.
Starting July 1st, 2018, Georgia’s new hands-free driving law will go into effect. For details of what exactly is banned see the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services website, linked here. While the direct punishment for this crime maybe low, there can be some potentially devastating side effects.
The Trump administration has quietly expanded an immigration enforcement program in Georgia, signing new agreements to team up with the sheriff’s offices in Bartow and Floyd counties as well as the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Last month, those entities signed paperwork with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to join the 287(g) program. Named after the 1996 federal law that authorizes it, the program deputizes state and local officials to help ICE investigate, apprehend, detain and transport people facing deportation.
President Donald Trump called for an expansion of the program in January of last year. Since then, it has grown rapidly. Before July of last year, there were 42 287(g) agreements nationwide. Now there are 75. Four other counties in Georgia — Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall and Whitfield — already participate.
Family photos cover the walls of a ranch house in eastern Montana. There are pictures of a dad holding a baby and a son playing high school football.
That son, Juan Orozco, sits on a couch next to his mother. He says after his dad came home fromjail a few years ago he just wasn't the same.