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Rhetoric fails to match deportation orders

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In one of many campaign promises, Donald Trump promised to deport the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.  Yet according to the Syracuse University database TRAC, of the 105,853 completed cases in the 2017 fiscal year, from October 2016 through March 2017, in about half of all immigration court cases judges allowed the undocumented immigrant to stay in the United States, whether through termination of the case, relief, or closure.  The Trump administration and Department of Homeland Security also maintain they will prioritize the deportation of those who have committed serious crimes. However, unauthorized immigrants with a criminal charge, or classified a national security or terror threat currently make up about 8 percent of all completed cases for the fiscal year of 2017, and about one-third of all those with a criminal charge, classified a national security or terror threat were granted stay within the U.S. While...

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One in 11 million: life and times of an undocumented resident

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   When the words “build a wall, “illegal aliens,” “Trump” or “deportation” blast from the television screen, Juan sends his 9-year-old U.S. citizen grandson outside to play. Juan, a long-term undocumented immigrant, doesn’t want him to worry.        Juan first came to the United States when he was 19 and has lived in Tucson since, calling it his home for 25 years.         “To be honest, I wasn’t even thinking about the U.S. in my life,” Juan says. “My thinking back then was to keep going to school, become a teacher and do something with my life. But you never know what’s going to happen next month, right?”         For Juan, one thing is always clear:  There is no use worrying about what will happen tomorrow, in 10, or even 20 years. He lives a day-to-day life in...

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