“It’s very sad news because there is tremendous societal violence in the Central American countries and the ravages of the civil wars have left society without any structures to protect people,” said Anne Pilsbury..."Women are especially vulnerable. We’ve basically told them, ‘Too bad.’”
"Vivares' case is unusual because he's the type of immigrant who would have previously been a low priority for deportation by former president Barack Obama's administration. Attorneys said his detention appears to mark the latest sign of President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigrants without legal status."
T.J. Kirkpatrick for the New York Times, March 4, 2017
"In a significant break from his predecessor, Mr. Trump is directing immigration agents to go after virtually anyone who is in the United States illegally, ending the reprieve for people who had not been considered priorities."
"In a powerful affirmation of the right of immigrants to be secure in their homes, a unanimous Second Circuit panel held Wednesday that a Fourth Amendment violation so egregious as to warrant suppression does not necessarily have to result from a physical threat or abuse."
"In the basement of Trans, as the South Williamsburg church is known, are the offices of Central American Legal Assistance, a place of refuge for this group of immigrants who are stuck in a sort of netherworld — one document away from illegal status."