Daily Dispatch 4/16/2019
April 16, 2019
Reshuffling of personnel at border creates major delays
The Trump administration’s decision to relocate border patrol agents from ports of entry to manage detention and processing of asylum seekers is stifling commerce at the border during Holy Week, traditionally a major shopping time for people crossing from Mexico into the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security said last month it was redirecting 750 Customs and Border Protection officers from the ports of entry in El Paso, Laredo, Tucson and San Diego to assist U.S. Border Patrol agents in processing undocumented immigrants. The reassignments have caused massive delays at international bridges for pedestrian, vehicular and cargo traffic in the weeks leading up to Holy Week.
That has merchants concerned about how the administration’s decision to pull hundreds of agents away from their duties at the international bridges will impact El Paso’s retail sector — especially now at the beginning of Holy Week, one of the busiest seasons for cross-border shopping.
Full story from Texas Tribune here.
ICE Deports Husband of U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
The husband of a US Army soldier killed in combat was detained and deported to Mexico last week by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement even though he had been granted permission to stay in the US, according to his attorney.
The man, who is now back in Phoenix, where he lives, had been granted “parole in place,” clearing him to remain in the US after his wife was killed in 2010 in Afghanistan, the attorney says.
Jose Gonzalez Carranza was arrested by ICE agents at his home in Phoenix on April 8 and was taken to Nogales, Mexico, on the border two days later, his lawyer, Ezequiel Hernandez, told CNN on Monday. Carranza was brought back to Phoenix and released Monday, hours after his deportation was first reported by The Arizona Republic.
Though Carranza had been granted “parole in place” following his wife’s death in Afghanistan, ICE began deportation proceedings against him last year. An order to appear before immigration court was sent to the wrong address. Having not received the order, Carranza never went to court, and the judge issued a deportation order. A few weeks back we reported about how DHS’s frequently makes such paperwork errors – and those can have a significant impact on people’s lives. As was reported at the time, there is no clear indication they actually want to be more careful.