The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is asking immigration courts across the country to reopen administratively closed deportation cases of Deferred Action Beneficiaries (DACA), the federal agency told CNN.
The media reported Saturday that ICE indicated in an e-mail that “the rescheduling of administratively closed cases is occurring throughout the country.
This affirmation confirms the denunciation of lawyers and civil rights groups that in recent weeks have called attention to cases that have occurred in several states in the country.
The complaints began to arrive weeks before the Supreme Court heard arguments on Nov. 12 about the legal dispute generated by President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel in September 2017 this program that currently protects some 660,000 “dreamers” from deportation.
These undocumented young people who arrived in the country as children from their parents, also undocumented, are waiting for the Supreme Court to decide in the first half of 2020 whether the Administration of President Donald Trump can suspend DACA.
If the Supreme Court agrees with the government, many “dreamers” would again be on the verge of deportation, as in many cases the government administratively closed their cases with non-criminal charges, such as traffic violations, so that they could obtain DACA.
But by reopening their cases now, the eligibility of “dreamers” to renew DACA would be jeopardized and the doors would be opened to their deportation when their residence permit expires.
Jose Alonso Munoz, spokesman for United We Dream, the largest group of “dreamers” in the country, told Efe today that the confirmation of the reopening of cases shows that the “ultimate plan” of the Trump government is to deport as many undocumented immigrants as possible.
In his opinion, it’s not just workplace raids or detentions of immigrants at the border, but those under DACA are also a “priority” in his goal of speeding up deportations.
In 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions prohibited immigration judges from closing any more cases administratively.
In addition, in the wake of this decision, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on which ICE depends, indicated in a memorandum that it planned to reopen some 355,000 cases, many of which had been closed for a long time.