Regarding the Feb. 16 editorial “Sweeping up immigrants, sowing anxiety”:
The deportation of a broad range of immigrants, not just convicted criminals, will include victims of crime and vulnerable women and girls who are entitled to legal relief.
The recent arrest and detention of a domestic violence survivor in Texas as she was attending a court hearing is just one example of the consequences of this dangerous order. Immigrant victims will be discouraged from reporting crimes or agreeing to be witnesses for fear of deportation. When crimes go unreported and people are afraid to work with local law enforcement to solve them, we are all less safe.
Everyone deserves the right to dial 911 when in danger. Fomenting terror among millions of immigrants is not just unconscionable, but it also undermines the stability of all our communities and the safety of every woman, man and child.
Layli Miller-Muro, Washington
The writer is chief executive officer of the
Tahirih Justice Center.