AsylumConnect's Week in Review 12/16/2018

This week brings news of increased deportations and raises questions about ICE’s recent activities and powers. Here are five of the most important articles about immigration for AsylumConnect readers.

Dozens More Cambodian Immigrants to Be Deported From U.S., Officials Say

Charles Dunst- The New York Times

“Many of those being deported have few or no memories of Cambodia, as they were part of an exodus fleeing Khmer Rouge massacres and were granted refugee status in the United States. Some actually have green cards and have been convicted of a felony while in the United States, though often from many years ago”.

7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion

Nick Miroff and Robert Moore- The Washington Post

“A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday”.

Inside The Country Where You Can Buy A Black Man For $400

Monica Mark- Buzzfeed News

“Ikuenobe had ended up trapped in Libya after leaving his hometown of Benin City, a verdant city of low-rise buildings in southwestern Nigeria, in search of a better life in Europe. He had planned for a two-week journey northward across the Sahara desert into Libya, from where he would set off in a boat across the Mediterranean. Instead, he found himself spending more than two years trying to survive in the underbelly of modern-day slavery”.

ICE arrests continue to rise in Trump's second year

David Shortell- CNN

“Under the Trump administration, ICE enforcement operations have shifted to not exempt any class of immigration violators from arrest, but officers continue to prioritize the arrest and deportation of convicted criminals and repeat immigration violators, agency officials have said”.

Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests

Matthew S. Schwartz- NPR

“For 25 years, schools, hospitals and places of worship have effectively been off-limits to federal immigration officers. Now, a group of dozens of former state and federal judges is asking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to add courthouses to the list of "sensitive locations" where their officers generally do not go”.