U.S. border agents detain an undocumented immigrant caught near the U.S.-Mexico border on March 13, 2017 in Roma, Texas. The Border Patrol has reported that illegal crossings from Mexico have dropped some 40 percent along the southwest border since Donald Trump took office.

U.S. border agents detain an undocumented immigrant caught near the U.S.-Mexico border on March 13, 2017 in Roma, Texas. The Border Patrol has reported that illegal crossings from Mexico have dropped some 40 percent along the southwest border since Donald Trump took office.

Fear of deportation has driven many undocumented immigrants further underground. Students have stopped showing up to class in districts around the country. Unauthorized people who are victims of crime have dropped their cases. Cities that are sensitive to immigrants’ concerns have canceled events.

President Trump’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration is affecting millions of lives — including the lives of citizens.

Guests

  • Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and emerging communities reporter for Southern California Public Radio in Pasadena, CA.
  • Julián Aguilar Politics and border affairs reporter for the Texas Tribune.
  • Jeremy Redmon Reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Fernando Mendez Co-host, El Ritmo de la Communidad on 1340AM El Zol radio in Philadelphia.
  • Jessie Ryan 1st vice president, Board of Education, Area 7 for Sacramento City Unified School District.

Immigration Statistics

Despite his rhetoric, the deportation of undocumented immigrants didn't start with President Trump. In 2016, the Pew Research Center looked at 15 years of deportations and found a spike in the early-to-mid Obama years.

U.S. deportations of immigrants decline for second year in a row

This came after a spike, then stabilization in unauthorized immigration.

Estimated unauthorized immigrant population in the U.S. rises, falls, then stabilizes

The September Pew study also tracked where immigrants were coming from… Among unauthorized immigrants, a decline from Mexico but rise from elsewhere since 2009

And a later survey looked at where unauthorized immigrants were living:

20 U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of unauthorized immigrants

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