President Trump is merely repeating a pattern

Immigration and deportation continue to be at the forefront of American politics and President Trump’s latest action means that there are likely to be National Guard troops at the U.S./Mexico border by the time you read this post. The president on April 4 signed orders deploying Guardsmen to the border to help fight illegal immigration, the Chicago Tribune reports. He made the decision in response to having his plans to build a wall between the two countries stalled repeatedly by Congress.

Contributing to the president’s frustration is a recent surge in illegal border crossings, up 37 percent to about 50,000 people during March. The crossings hit a 45-year low when Trump initially took office, but have slowly been increasing since then. Part of the spring surge is a seasonal trend that occurs every year about this time. U.S. law bans use of the military for law enforcement purposes inside the nation’s borders, and troops are not meant to have physical contact with immigrants.

Trump is not the first president to send the National Guard to the border for security, nor is he the only one to execute mass deportations. He is merely repeating the patterns of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In fact, the New Yorker notes, deportation of illegal immigrants with felonies began in earnest under Obama. Unfortunately, the category of felonies paints immigrants with a broad brush, and there are cases of immigrants who have served in the U.S. armed forces being deported, as is the case in the New Yorker’s story.

For immigrants in the country illegally, it is important to understand that even a misdemeanor can affect your immigrant status. Minor violations can indeed result in detention and deportation. If you are in this or a similar situation, you should seek the counsel of an expert.

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