Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been busy lately. Federal immigration agents visited over 120 businesses over the last five days (Feb. 12 –16, 2018) looking to crack down on the hiring of undocumented workers. In 2017, ICE conducted a total of 1,300 of these workplace audits. In many cases, workers stop showing up to work fearing ICE would arrest them during these audits.
Jose Torres, a husband and father of two young children, is in an uncertain limbo in a New Orleans church. He sought sanctuary there to avoid deportation so he can continue to be with his family. Originally from El Salvador, he immigrated to the United States to work in the construction trade after Hurricane Katrina.
It’s a term you may have heard a lot recently: Sanctuary city. With all the talk across the country about illegal immigration and deportations, people have been using the phrase frequently.