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.
Lamar Smith (R-TX)
The former head of the House Judiciary Committee, which handles immigration legislation, <a href="http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/nov/25/despite-talk-immigration-overhaul-not-a-guarantee/">is a longtime opponent of a pathway to citizenship</a>. Though some 57 percent of Americans support offering a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/lamar-smith-immigration_n_2472063.html?utm_hp_ref=politics">Smith says the proposal would have a hard time passing the House</a>.
Steve King (R-IA)
Rep. Steve King, who is vice chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, has introduced bills to make English the official language of the United States and end birthright citizenship.
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who takes over for Lamar Smith as head of the House Judiciary Committee, <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/12/06/immigration-hardliner-bob-goodlatte-gets-bigger-role-on-divisive-issue/">opposes offering a pathway</a> to citizenship for the undocumented, saying it would reward illegal behavior.
John Boehner (R-OH)
Boehner famously called a 2007 bipartisan immigration bill that offered a <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21567106-election-drubbing-changes-minds-time-its-different">pathway to citizenship for the undocumented "a piece of shit."</a> It's not clear whether he plans to stick by those words. After the election he said he thought he could find common ground with the White House on immigration reform, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/09/john-boehner-immigration-citizenship_n_2102506.html">though he wouldn't say whether</a> he'd support a pathway to citizenship.
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Sen. John Cornyn, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Politics/gop-senator-cornyn-border-security/story?id=18187299">made clear in a speech last week that he's not interested in a pathway to citizenship</a> -- just more border security.
The first Latino U.S. Senator from Texas says he <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/08/01/what-does-ted-cruzs-victory-mean-for-texas-latinos/">"categorically opposes" a path to citizenship</a> for undocumented immigrants.