An accomplished immigration attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Christopher Stender serves at Federal Immigration Counselors AZ in Phoenix, Arizona. Alongside his work as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
In March of 2018, the AILA drafted a new report outlining specific ways the Trump administration has ramped up deportation forces and employed aggressive enforcement policies against individuals who have lived peacefully in the US for a long time. In the report, titled “Cogs in the Deportation Machine,” the organization detailed a number of specific policy moves.
First, the Trump administration has done away with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) protections, leaving upwards of a million people immediately vulnerable to deportation. Second, enforcement officials have been zeroing in on agencies that have the ability to quickly identify individuals - even those who have been checking in for years without incident.
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials have been targeting hospitals and other locations where people are vulnerable and have been using aggressive tactics against sponsors who take in unaccompanied minors looking to receive asylum protections. Finally, the Justice Department has been employing policies in the courtroom and in policymaking that threaten to undo years of progress and that are aimed at undermining the independent judiciary. To read the report in full, visit aila.org.