It's no big secret that Donald Trump won the election largely on the promise to do something about illegal immigration, and it's already working:
In Trump era, some Mexican migrants head north - to Canada
In a Reynosa migrant shelter, just yards from the U.S. border, 26-year-old Cenobio Rita said he had earned about $3,000 a month installing playgrounds in Richmond, Virginia, before he was deported on Feb. 15 after police found marijuana in his car.Maybe they can dig a tunnel...
Having left Mexico as a 14-year-old, he fretted about returning to his violent home state of Michoacan. With Trump taking a tough stance on undocumented immigrants, he ruled out a common path for many deportees - back into the United States.
"I want to go to Canada with my passport," he said. "For those without documents, I think (the United States) is over. Now it's Canada's turn."
As Trump seeks to crack down on undocumented immigrants in the United States, about half of whom are Mexican, there are some nascent signs that more Mexican migrants see a future in Canada, which in December eased travel for visitors from Mexico.
and I'm so sad that illegal immigrants are afraid to collect welfare, for fear of being deported: Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them
Luisa Fortin sometimes sits up at night, wondering what her clients are eating. She is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Food Bank — but lately she has done less outreaching.So maybe, just maybe, they didn't really need it after all? But never fear, one way or another, democrats are eager to shift the burden to American citizens California Dems Promise Taxpayer Dollars to Defend Illegal Immigrants
Her families, working immigrants in northwest Georgia, are spooked by the political climate, Fortin said. Increasingly, she’s being asked to explain how food stamps may impact immigration status, if not to outright cancel family food benefits.
Since mid-January, five of Fortin’s families have withdrawn from the SNAP program. One, the single mother of three citizen daughters, had fled to Georgia to escape an abusive husband. Another, two green-card holders with four young children, were thinking of taking on third jobs to compensate for the lost benefits. These families represent a small fraction of Fortin's caseload — she estimates she has signed 200 immigrant families up for SNAP over the past six months — but based on the calls she gets from other clients, she fears more cancellations are imminent.
“I get calls from concerned parents all the time: ‘should I take my kids out of the program?’” Fortin said. “They’re risking hunger out of fear … and my heart just breaks for them.”
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In the two months since President Trump’s inauguration, food banks and hunger advocates around the country have noted a decline in the number of eligible immigrants applying for SNAP — and an uptick in immigrants seeking to withdraw from the program.
Because of fears of the Trump administration’s plans to deport criminals among the undocumented, several cities and counties in California have set up legal defense funds to pay the bills of illegal immigrants if they are arrested.
Similar legislation to set up a statewide defense fund is moving through the California Legislature with little opposition.
The Voice of OC reported the Santa Ana City Council instructed city staff to work with the ACLU and the UC Irvine School of Law to set up a program to pay the legal bills of illegal immigrants living in the city.
Councilman Vicente Sarmiento sponsored the proposal after immigrant activists told him they were worried about mass deportations.
“Now they’re going to go after anybody who has a [criminal] charge,” said Sarmiento. “In the world of due process, that just means you have to be accused of something, and the accusation could be very, very unfounded. That’s scary.”
Two other councilmen raised concerns about the city’s legal liability and whether tax dollars would be used to defend violent criminals. But by the end of the discussion, councilmen voted “yes.”