Immigration has been hot topic across the United States since the election of President Trump. Mass detention and deportation, along with a travel ban, has influenced the rise of sanctuary cities and pushback against the federal government’s deportation efforts.
The Associated Press reported that the California state Senate advanced bills forward to protect its citizens from federal programs that could tear families apart. SB54 requires state and local law enforcement to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, when violent felons are released from custody.
Senator de Leon told the AP that they will cooperate with their friends at the federal level with felons. However, he did state that “we won’t cooperate or lift a finger or spend a single cent when we’re talking about separating children from their mothers.”
In Mississippi, however, things were not as pleasant. Back in February, it was reported by the Clarion-Ledger that ICE raided several restaurants in Meridian and the areas around the state capitol. Thomas Byrd is the spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the state. Byrd made it clear that the raids were a result of a long investigation and that a majority of the restaurants belonged to the Ichiban chain of Chinese restaurants.
No matter what the situation is, the amount of undocumented immigrants living in the United States has remained consistent since 2009, according to the Pew Research Center, and it seems as though the change will not be in the amount of undocumented immigrants coming in, but the origination of where they are coming from.