Claudia Muñoz is living proof that the Obama administration continues to detain and deport low-priority undocumented immigrants.
President Obama, a vocal supporter of immigration reform, has set records for deportations, expelling more than 1.5 million people since taking office in 2008. Though deportations continue as Congress mulls over an 844-page proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, the Obama administration has said it is using prosecutorial discretion to hold off expulsion of low-priority undocumented immigrants without criminal records.
Muñoz, a 27-year-old activist with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, offered herself up to authorities to fact-check the statement.
“They still apprehended me,” Muñoz told Alicia Menendez on HuffPost Live on a telephone call from Calhoun County Correction Facility outside Detroit, where she’s been detained since April 4. “It’s really ridiculous that President Obama is telling us that he’s no longer detaining low-priority people.”
Having arrived at age 16 from Monterrey, Mexico, Muñoz missed the cutoff to benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But as an 11-year resident of the United States without a criminal record, Muñoz also doesn’t fit the guidelines for deportation priorities outlined by the Department of Homeland Security.
“It’s important to point out that I’m not the only case in this particular jail that would qualify for prosecutorial discretion,” Muñoz said. “There are many others.”
Hear what Muñoz has to say in the HuffPost Live segment above.