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Another Legal Resident Checked In With ICE And Was Immediately Deported

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Nearly a quarter of those deported since President Trump took office share one alarming quality: they don’t have a criminal record. A new report by The Intercept tells the story of Jose Escobar, who on March 22, became one of the 11,000 non-criminal deported when he was sent back to El Salvador. A resident of Houston, Texas, Escobar lived in the United States under a legal agreement with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. However, when he made his annual check in with ICE this year, Escobar was quickly sent back to El Salvador, a country in which he hadn’t resided for more than 17 years.

When Escobar first arrived in El Salvador, he was met by government officials as part of the “Welcome Home” program. As President Trump’s rhetoric against El Salvador and MS-13 has increased, those from the country have found themselves under greater scrutiny. The violence is very real in El Salvador, which is one of the more dangerous countries in the world. This violence is exactly why Escobar left the country in the first place at the age of 15. And while the violence and gangs are very real, those being deported, like Escobar, are not always part of the problem.

Escobar and his family have been in shock since his unexpected, and potentially illegal deportation. These days, Escobar spends his time at his aunt’s house in La Unión, El Salvador, where he remains cooped up in her house, rarely leaving, except with a bodyguard or to attend church with his family members. While his family and politicians in Texas fight for his return, Escobar’s only option is to wait for now.

Read Escobar’s whole story at The Intercept.

(H/T) The Intercept

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A Fear Of Losing A Family Member To Deportation Is Driving Latinos To Hoard Their Cash Instead Of Spending It

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A Fear Of Losing A Family Member To Deportation Is Driving Latinos To Hoard Their Cash Instead Of Spending It

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President Trump and ICE’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants is having a noticeable impact on the consumers and businesses of predominately Latinx and immigrant neighborhoods.

According to Financial Times, Latino consumers have become plagued with the fear that a loved one could be deported, they have stopped spending and started hoarding — just in case. The businesses feeling the real brunt of this financial disruption have been mom and pop stores that cater to largely Latinx communities. These businesses include party supply stores that usually rent out chairs, tables from quinceañeras to backyard parties, according to Financial Times.

“For our businesses that serve the Hispanic immigrant community as customers, they are telling us that their business is down anywhere from a third to a half,” Carlos Gomez, the president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, told Financial Times. “The immigrant community is very afraid. They don’t know what is going to happen. My feeling is that people go to work and go home. They don’t want to be out.”

The Financial Times reports that it isn’t just undocumented immigrants who are holding onto their money. As anxiety of more deportations and raids grows, immigrants with proper papers or even citizenship are starting to forgo the neighborhood shops they fear could be targeted by deportation raids. The Financial Times reports that even though these immigrants shouldn’t be deported, the fear has grown so great that they choose to avoid the possibility of being rounded up or humiliated by being harassed for papers and proof of residency.

The number of arrests of undocumented immigrants has seen a sharp increase since Trump took office. More than 41,000 undocumented immigrants have been arrested and those with no criminal records have been arrested at twice the rate as compared to this time last year, according to The Washington Post.

You can read the full report here.

(H/T: Financial Times)


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