Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in federal detention facilities and at legal ports of entry will be affected, including children. Advocates fear this type of mass collection will unduly criminalize an already vulnerable group.
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the groundbreaking 1984 film about a family traveling to the United States will screen in theaters nationwide. As director Gregory Nava says: “The message of this film is needed much more today.”
Migrant rights lawyer Soraya Vazquez: “People decide where they want to apply for asylum and should be able to ask for that right immediately. This prerequisite to join this list doesn’t exist in any law, and that’s why it’s illegal.”
Just in time for hurricane season, the Department of Homeland Security commandeers $271 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard to cover costs associated with detaining immigrants.