WASHINGTON, D.C. — Illegal aliens fearful of the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are choosing to return to their nation of origin, says a report published by the Pueblo Cheiftain.
According to the report (http://www.chieftain.com/news/pueblo/ice-crackdown-in-pueblo-scaring-some-families-back-to-mexico/article_fc9dc2df-3962-5d2e-b93f-4fcdcb85c41e.html), Trump’s executive orders to increase enforcement and crack down on existing immigration laws have driven many illegals to “self deport” in lieu of facing the wrath of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Sources report that some undocumented families have left the area for Mexico rather than run the risk of having a parent arrested or even sentenced to prison for immigration violations,” the Cheiftain reported.
Many of the illegal aliens in Colorado, says the report, work under the table in the field of agriculture. The Trump crack down and it’s resulting impact on those here illegally have led to a shortage of workers to maintain the crops, says the report.
A member of the Colorado Agriculture Commission, Michael Hirakata says Trump’s tough immigration stance has led to a shortage of approved H2A workers across the state.
“I know growers in this area have also changed their crops in response,” he said. “You don’t see as many onions being grown anymore because that’s a crop that requires field workers.”
But as noted by a report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (http://immigrationworksusa.org/uploaded/file/IW_visa_policy_brief.pdf), many of the individuals arrested had previously come to the U.S. on an H-2A foreign guest worker visa, but overstayed and had been living in the country illegally for years.
The self-deportation of illegals comes amid Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ efforts to reinstate criminal prosecution for first-time border-crossers, a deviation to the open borders policies of the Obama Administration.
Under the Trump administration, first-time border-crossers are charged with misdemeanors. If they illegally re-enter, they are automatically hit with felony charges. The tough new laws are in direct contrast to the policies put forth by former Attorney General Eric Holder who called for a halt to prosecutions in many border areas.