America's immigrants and the threats they face

Today's current political climate certainly reflects a growing concern over the nation's immigrants and their futures. Contrary to what many might assume, deportation can occur even in the mildest cases, such as a traffic violation or unpaid ticket. While many Arizona residents carry out their normal, everyday lives, countless immigrants in the state face threats of deportation, separation from families and a reduced quality of life. 

The Atlantic spent time considering this major issue in America today, speculating on the sensitive grounds that can lead to an immigrant's deportation. An unsettling fact, there exist separate laws that define crimes carried out by immigrants. An "aggravated felony" -- a term introduced by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 -- applies to asylum-seekers and immigrants. While the term initially only applied to serious crimes such as murder, the Act has seen many modifications over the years that have broadened the umbrella of the definition. Over America's recent history, politicians have felt pressured to reform immigration policies; despite intentions, this reform has ultimately hurt thousands of nonviolent immigrants who simply sought better lives.

The PEW Charitable Trusts takes a look at the country's deportation laws and the many crimes now encompassed by such regulations. PEW showcases the incident of 31-year-old mother Mayra Machado, who failed to pay a traffic ticket and as a result faced threats of deportation back to her home country of El Salvador. Even when an immigrant has served proper time behind bars, they could still face deportation. With a Trump presidency, this trend could see even more damage within minority communities. While the battle over immigration policies in America is still in full swing, immigration advocates continue to fight for a voice that goes unheard all too often.     






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