Following the 9/11 attacks, the world was rocked to its core, and President George W. Bush wanted to put his people at ease again by introducing the Homeland Security Act of 2002. In the years to follow, agencies like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were made to minimize terrorist threats and attacks. While many felt reassured, others were being targeted simply for being a person of color. The new administration has encouraged the continued discrimination of non European immigrants.
Just last year, the Trump administration came under fire for allowing inhumane practices at the U.S.-Mexico border. Children as young as 4 months old were being stripped from their parents, and never reconnected. Some parents were even deported, while their children remained locked in cages under unsanitary conditions. Politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, visited what people now call “modern day concentration camps,” after news reporters were denied access into the facilities.
Immigration advocates are protesting federal immigration agencies across the nation, and have expressed their disgust of the current administration for its failure to shut down, or at least regulate immigration malpractices. Many argue that the focus is on the wrong group of people, due to the fact most mass attacks in the United States are not caused by undocumented immigrants.
Raising the Bar hosts Jason Clark, President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and Attorney Adeola Adejobi are joined by Anu Joshi, Senior Director of Immigrant Rights & Policy at New York Immigration Coalition, and Alvin Bragg, Co-Director of New York Law School’s Racial Justice Program to discuss Federal Immigration Agencies.