As deportation numbers stagnate, signs of shifts in immigration attitudes

Despite the recent focus in the media on deportation policies and ICE raids, the number of illegal immigrants deported under the Trump administration is only slightly larger than under the Obama administration. Mexico’s foreign minister is quoted in The Guardian stating that the number of Mexican nationals deported had slightly fallen since Donald Trump took office.

There are, however, disturbing signs that local enforcement and state officials are shifting attitudes with regards to immigration: in New York, there are reports that the NYPD is is tipping off ICE to court dates of illegal immigrants facing deportation, despite the mayor vowing to maintain New York’s sanctuary city status. In some Southern states like Louisiana and Florida, state officials are considering anti-sanctuary city legislations.

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