Manuel Madrid

Manuel Madrid is a writing fellow at The American Prospect

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21 Savage and the 50,000 ICE Detainees

The Atlanta-based rapper’s untimely run-in with immigration enforcement agents offers a window into the world of the tens of thousands of immigrants currently locked in ICE jails. 

imageSPACE/MediaPunch/IPX via AP 21 Savage in Santa Monica, California R apper 21 Savage could not be counted among the throng of artists and celebrities looking on from the audience at Sunday’s Grammy awards in Los Angeles. Nor was he watching from home. Instead, the Atlanta-based artist, real name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, spent the day locked up in an immigrant detention center in Georgia. His eighth day, to be exact. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took 21 Savage into custody on February 3 and subsequently placed him into deportation proceedings. The federal agency alleges that Abraham-Joseph, a citizen of the United Kingdom, is guilty of overstaying his visa and has a felony drug conviction on his record. The musician’s legal representatives contested that account, arguing that Abraham-Joseph has no prior criminal convictions and that his overstay was through no fault of his own. Inside a closed hearing on Tuesday in Atlanta, Immigration Judge J. Dan Pelletier decided...

Trump Is Tough on Venezuela -- but Won’t Let Fleeing Venezuelans Into the U.S.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country, but Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-refugee stance has closed America’s door to them.

Geraldo Caso/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images A woman from Venezuela sits next to suitcases and bags in front of the entrance gate of the Venezuelan Embassy in Lima, Peru. T hough they heard President Trump condemn the brutality of the Venezuelan government in his State of the Union speech last week, Venezuelans around the world are in for some disappointment if they expect a warm welcome from his administration. Once one of Latin America’s most prosperous and stable nations, Venezuela has been reduced to a pit of human suffering. The country’s ongoing economic crisis has led to a collapse of its healthcare and school systems, widespread food shortages, and an epidemic of violence that’s given Venezuela one of world’s highest murder rates. Millions of Venezuelans have fled the the authoritarian government of President Nicolás Maduro, with millions more projected to do so in the coming months. You can’t blame Venezuelans for being confused about United States policy, however. Under Trump...

Border Wall or No, Immigrants Will Soon Have to Scale a Paywall

Proposed new Trump administration rules could keep low-income immigrants from applying for green cards or citizenship.

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee New citizens take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Oakland Park, Florida. trickle-downers_54.jpg J ust in case his border wall won’t be sufficient to keep out immigrants, President Trump is erecting a paywall as well. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to restrict access to fee waivers used by low-income immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship, green cards, and various other immigration benefits, potentially pricing out tens of thousands of low-income applicants as a result. The USCIS proposal , which was published last October, would reverse an Obama-era policy that loosened eligibility requirements for waiving agency fees. The types of applications affected by the reversal range from more mundane activities, like replacing a green card or registering a permanent residence, to matters of vital importance. USCIS waivers can be used by immigrants to...

ICE Now Locks Up Everyone

The agency no longer recommends release for detainees with no criminal records, and refuses to release information about its shift to mandatory detention for all.

AP Photo/Richard Drew, File Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee in an apartment building, in the Bronx borough of New York, during a series of early-morning raids. A s the Trump administration continues its anti-immigrant salvos at the border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ramped up its aggression domestically. ICE is now not only arresting more people than it has in years, it’s also opting to lock them up whenever possible, whether they’re criminals or not. In an attempt to accommodate President Trump’s anti-immigrant posture, the agency has launched indiscriminate raids on immigrant communities, borrowed funds from other Homeland Security agencies to pay for more jail beds, and even tweaked its own risk assessment software to recommend mandatory detention for every person in its custody. It’s this last change, carried out silently by by the agency in 2017, which has become the target of a recent lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties...

Can the House Stop Trump’s Gross Immigration Abuse?

An overdue reform agenda awaits investigations and hearings.

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/via AP Images When Republican Darrell Issa (right) was chair of the House Oversight Committee under President Obama, he issued more than 100 subpoenas. Incoming Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (left) probably has a few subpoenas of his own he'd like to issue. This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . W ith the midterm elections over and Democrats back in control of the House, the Trump administration will no longer be able to count on congressional Republicans to protect its nativist agenda. The new House majority comes with committee chairmanships and accompanying subpoena power. Although the prospect of impeachment has been teased, the “I” word that features in the Democratic leadership agenda at present is immigration, which looks to be a priority for various committees. One of the first orders of business will be taking a closer look at the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children...

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