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DACA recipients detained at checkpoint

Many immigrant communities in Georgia and throughout the country are frightened at the moment, as news that President Trump is setting wheels in motion to discontinue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is very reasonable concern, as reports of troubling action by law enforcement agencies continue to be reported.

Recently, a number of DACA-protected individuals were detained as they passed through a checkpoint in Texas. The checkpoint was not at the border between Texas and Mexico, but 70 miles north of the border. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not comment on whether its policies have recently changed regarding individuals receiving DACA protection.

While all of the individuals involved were eventually released, this incident demonstrates a troubling trend in law enforcement in many parts of the country. If left unchallenged, many of these instances of unfair treatment will only continue to happen more frequently. According to the White House, DACA recipients have "nothing to worry about" for another six months at least, but some agencies in law enforcement seem to be eager to move to a different approach when encountering immigrants.

If you or someone you know is an immigrant, knowing your rights is more important now than ever before. An experienced immigration attorney can help you understand the laws that affect you and how you can fight for fair treatment. We all must do our part to make our country fair and just for all people. Remember that when you stand up for your rights, you also stand up for the rights of all immigrants in our country.

Source: Huffington Post, "DACA Recipients Detained At Border Region Checkpoint, Attorney Says," Elise Foley, Sep. 11, 2017

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