Dating an illegal immigrant
Whether they’ve lived here for two months or 20 years, they came to this city of immigrants — a place where more than a third of the population was born in another country — looking for the same things that have brought newcomers here for centuries: work and school opportunities, religious freedom, family, and a haven from violence, persecution, political upheaval, and natural disaster.In this “sanctuary city,” the local government promises to defend New Yorkers regardless of status, restricting law-enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents (although not prohibiting it entirely, to the chagrin of many immigrant advocates).While I am not an ICE agent or really have a strong opinion one way or the other on immigration, it seems if people are trying to find illegals, they could check out the dating apps and sites to find plenty of them.As far as the whole they’re just looking for a green card to stay in America, I think some do and some just want to be in a relationship.How you can tell which is a topic for another time.
Awhile back I wrote about dating someone looking for a green card.But Trump has expanded the number of people considered a priority for deportation.Now people whose only offense is staying in the country illegally are being flagged for removal.It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that many immigrant New Yorkers who for years have tried to do the right thing — like paying taxes and checking in with ICE — are retreating into the shadows. First, he asked my husband, and my husband told him he was from the Dominican Republic and he was a resident. I guess he had a little computer or something, and then he said that we had to get off the bus.
“This Trump administration came in, even the permanent residents, even the people who have their status, they have this fear,” says Youngmin Lo, 35, an undocumented South Korean pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Maspeth, Queens. Once I got off, he said, ‘Okay, this is what’s going to happen: You’re going to be deported in the next two weeks.’ I told him I was married. He didn’t know what to do, he didn’t know where to go, he didn’t know who to call.
(Eighty percent in Queens versus, say, 39 percent in South Carolina.) Partly as a result, they’re also less likely to get deported, according to data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Despite all of that, Trump’s immigration crackdown has instilled a new level of fear throughout the city.