Bronx DACA Recipients Targeted For Deportation

By Kevin Deutsch and Sasha Gonzales
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com , sgonzales@bronxjusticenews.com

The U.S. government is working to deport a number of local DACA recipients once protected under the Obama-era program, Bronx Justice News has learned.

As part of the Trump Administration’s aggressive deportation policy, officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement are asking federal immigration courts to reopen old, “administratively closed” cases against undocumented “Dreamers” living in New York City, including some from the Bronx, according to local immigration attorneys.

The move means cases formerly removed from the immigration court system are again active, their subjects slated for deportation by the government.

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently weighing the fate of DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – which allowed the Obama administration to protect roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The Trump administration is trying to eliminate the program, which granted legal protections to immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

The move by ICE to reopen administratively closed deportation cases was first reported by CNN.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.