While thousands of immigrants are waiting for their lives to be decided for, Warren will investigate crimes against immigrants if elected. Only sixteen months to the election day, it might seem like a long time for many, but every day counts as candidates move forward in the campaign.
Prompted by comments made by Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, over 30,000 tweeted with the #PresidentElizabethWarren. In one of her latest public appearances at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia, the Democrat criticized Trump’s policies on immigration. She even went as far as to call herself president to show how she would act differently.
”To anyone out there who’s working in this system, understand you, abuse immigrants, you physically abuse the immigrants, you sexually abuse immigrants, you fail to get them the medical care that they need, you break the law of the United States”.
As people listen and cheer her on, she continues: ”Donald Trump may be willing to look the other way, but President Elizabeth Warren will not”. She then fully asserts her commitment to investigating the crimes committed by the United States against the immigrants. These comments were made only days after she revealed an immigrant plan that will be a part of her 2020 campaign.
In this plan, key ideas stand out: to revamp Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, decriminalize illegal border crossings and finally implement a committee to investigate the crimes that have been made against immigrants. Crimes such as the death of an infant due to neglect and separation from his mother at the time.
In the meantime, anxious and scared immigrants wait on Sunday for the so-called federal raids promised by Trump to materialize. While it still has failed to occur at this point, advocates visit families to try to reassure them while the waiting period is an agonizing process.
Although the president did say that the raids would start on Sunday, as hours pass by, no one has heard of any reports from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The raids are supposed to first target immigrants with criminal convictions or those that were previously ordered to be deported.
It is needless to say that the days were ”anxiety-inducing” for the community as they awaited in cities such as Los Angeles and Miami for a decision to be made, with a thin glimpse of hope remaining. Camila Alvarez, a managing attorney for the Central American Resource Center expressed her opinion: ”It’s so clear that this is a political tool for the current administration”.
In a basement of St.Lucy’s Church in Newark, over 50 people gathered to get information during a presentation in the case that the ICE agents came knocking. One resident, Carlos Garay, has two U.S.-born children. Every morning when he leaves for work, he explains that he has to think twice about whether he should leave or not. In case he is to be detained for lacking immigration permission, he has made an agreement with his sister-in-law to take care of his two children.
This also means never seeing them again, or very rarely. This idea is daunting. This story is only one example of thousands of stories like this one.