The Baffler: The Deserving Migrant

The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project ensures that everyone in ICE custody in New York City is guaranteed access to an attorney, regardless of their criminal legal status. “We never wanted to play into the rhetoric of the ‘good, deserving’ immigrant versus the less deserving person who may have had contact with the criminal legal system,” said Sarah Deri Oshiro, an immigration attorney with the Bronx Defenders, one of the NYIFUP providers. In the same way, a full, unqualified deportation moratorium, she argued, “is truly necessary to recover from the harm that has been inflicted on immigrants and their communities for the last three years—and frankly even in the years under the Obama administration.”

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