The ACLU of Utah responds to the most recent anti-immigrant directives from the White House.
New Immigration Directives: "Recipe for Racial Profiling"
The ACLU of Utah, Comunidades Unidas, LULAC, the Utah Coalition of La Raza and other partners are preparing for the inevitable negative fallout from the recent anti-immigrant directives from the Trump Administration. The directives lay out a blueprint for mass deportation, which is simply unacceptable.
We anticipate a hastily-assembled and likely under-trained force - the perfect recipe for racial profiling and other constitutional violations, as we saw with the Muslim ban. We are concerned about unreasonable searches and seizures, in violation of the Fourth Amendment, AND violations of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment guarantees of equal protection under the law.
These memos show that the administration is willing to disregard critical civil liberties such as due process, as well as basic human decency, the well-being of our communities, and even protections for vulnerable children, in pursuit of a hyper-aggressive mass deportation policy that simply won’t work.
We believe that Americans - especially Utahns - are more pragmatic and humane than this. Historically, immigration agents have been allowed to focus on serious criminals. Now, this new deportation approach eliminates the concept of low-priority immigrants - the hard-working, law-abiding families and others who have long contributed to our communities.
Additionally, these directives actually end longstanding protections for children. These efforts would strip many children, arriving alone at our borders, of basic protections AND penalize their parents for trying to reunite with them in the United States.
We are hopeful that Utah leaders - including the Governor, legislators and local law enforcement officials - will recognize these directives for what they are: a threat to safe and secure communities, where the social fabric is strong and our civil liberties are well protected.