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April 2018 , Page 46 

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Proving a Negative: Challenging Unsubstantiated Gang Allegations in Immigration Court

By Rachel Jordan, Adina Appelbaum, and Saba N. Ahmed

Last year, immigration enforcement took an ugly turn as the Trump administration manipulated Americans’ desires for safety and community to depict immigrants as dangerous threats to society. Although the Obama administration deported thousands more people than previous administrations and expanded immigration enforcement, including prioritizing the removal of gang members,1 the Trump administration has outdone any other in its systemic use of vitriolic language to explicitly tie gang violence and criminality to immigrants:

The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast! — Donald Trump2 

MS-13 now has more than 10,000 members in at least 40 states in this country, up significantly from just a few years ago. Because of an open border and years of lax immigration enforcement, MS-13 has been sending both recruiters and gang members to regenerate these gangs … — Jefferson Sessions3 

For decades, open bor

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