The crackdown is also sweeping in immigrants who are legal residents but who have been convicted of sometimes only minor or old criminal offenses.
“The kids miss him,” Rebecca said, as she packed up the apartment to move with the children to Mexico City to be with Alfonso.Rebecca is afraid of the gangs in Mexico City and believes the schools will be worse.His best friend, a year older, joined the Marines after graduating, and Benjamin got recruited too.He trained with the Marines during senior year, and then came the biggest disappointment of his life: without legal status, he learned, he would not be able to join.Alfonso ran a cleaning company in Houston that employed 25 people.
The contracts often required night work, and he was a hands-on employer.
“I had to be boss, secretary, supervisor, and cleaner. It got to me now and then.” When police arrived, Rebecca said she insisted she was fine – he never hit her – and when that didn’t keep him from being arrested on a domestic violence misdemeanor charge, she wrote a letter to the court.
With all that, it could come to 70 hours a week,” he told Human Rights Watch researchers in Nuevo Laredo on September 20, the day he was deported. By the time of his arrest, Alfonso had only one more step, they said, in the process of regularizing his immigration status on the grounds of his marriage to a citizen.
As his friend shipped out to California and then Japan, Benjamin spiraled into depression.
He doesn’t know why he didn’t apply for DACA, except that he was “so down at being rejected [from the Marines].” For the first time, he started drinking.
The Trump administration has dramatically ramped up immigration arrests inside the US while it scapegoats millions of people by painting them as violent criminals who should be deported.