Manuel Madrid

Former Prospect writing fellow Manuel Madrid is a reporter for the Miami New Times.

Recent Articles

ICE Now Locks Up Everyone

The agency no longer recommends release for detainees with no criminal records, and refuses to release information about its shift to mandatory detention for all.

As the Trump administration continues its anti-immigrant salvos at the border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ramped up its aggression domestically. ICE is now not only arresting more people than it has in years, it’s also opting to lock them up whenever possible, whether they’re criminals or not. In an attempt to accommodate President Trump’s anti-immigrant posture, the agency has launched indiscriminate raids on immigrant communities, borrowed funds from other Homeland Security agencies to pay for more jail beds, and even tweaked its own risk assessment software to recommend mandatory detention for every person in its custody. It’s this last change, carried out silently by by the agency in 2017, which has become the target of a recent lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. The Risk Classification Assessment (RCA) program has been used by field agents since 2013 to help...

Can the House Stop Trump’s Gross Immigration Abuse?

An overdue reform agenda awaits investigations and hearings.

This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . With the midterm elections over and Democrats back in control of the House, the Trump administration will no longer be able to count on congressional Republicans to protect its nativist agenda. The new House majority comes with committee chairmanships and accompanying subpoena power. Although the prospect of impeachment has been teased, the “I” word that features in the Democratic leadership agenda at present is immigration, which looks to be a priority for various committees. One of the first orders of business will be taking a closer look at the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border, according to Democratic committee staffers and ranking members. The policy drew public backlash, forcing Trump to sign an executive order in June doing away with the administration’s zero-tolerance immigration enforcement policy...

Local Officials Paid a Price on Tuesday for Cooperating with ICE

In a number of counties, voters ousted elected officials who’d directed their police departments to aid ICE in its deportations. 

Local law enforcement officials’ cooperation with federal immigration enforcement was on the ballot on Tuesday in counties in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, and Minnesota. In a range of local elections, voters ousted officials who had assisted or worked alongside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to implement President Trump’s war on immigrants. The election results are a coup for organizers and activists who have been working to make clear the link between the president’s harsh immigration agenda and small-town politics. Their electoral victories may provide a model for future grassroots efforts to curtail abusive policies towards immigrants. Just days after taking office, President Trump issued an executive order directing federal officials to pursue more 287(g) agreements, which allow for participating state and local law enforcement officers to enforce immigration law after receiving training from ICE. Officers deputized under the program are allowed...

Trump’s New Opportunity Zones Look Great for Investors

Whether they’ll actually help their intended beneficiaries—poverty-stricken neighborhoods—is a lot less clear.

trickle-downers_35.jpg Like kids before a piñata, investors and real-estate developers have been lining up to cash in on a new suite of tax cuts for investments in low-income areas, known as “opportunity zones.” Now, with the release of much-anticipated guidelines by the Trump administration, the party can finally begin. The opportunity zone program, one of the rare provisions in last year’s Republican tax overhaul to receive some Democratic support, is the latest spin on a decades-old policy intended to attract capital to economically distressed areas by offering a range of financial goodies, such as tax benefits and subsidies. With sufficiently lucrative incentives available, the theory goes, wealthy investors will happily put their dollars into small businesses, local infrastructure, and housing in areas otherwise starved of investment. Sounds like a win-win for all. Except it often isn’t. Past attempts to revitalize cash-strapped communities through...

Rick Scott’s Double-Speak on Immigration

The Republicans’ Florida senatorial nominee has one message in his Spanish-language ads and another in his English-language ones.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has a Donald Trump problem. Scott is one of a handful of Republican Senate candidates in states with large Hispanic populations working to keep an arm’s-length relationship with the president. While Trump continues to enjoy strong support within the GOP base, his approval ratings remain underwater among Hispanic voters, who made up 18 percent of Florida’s electorate in 2016. The distancing effort is a sudden turnabout for Scott, who was one of Trump’s earliest and most dedicated supporters. Scott endorsed Trump the day after he won the Republican primary in the Sunshine State. The Florida governor also fundraised for Trump, led a pro-Trump super PAC, and even hosted an inaugural party after the New York businessman’s surprise victory in 2016. But the public relationship between the two has grown cold over the past months. The president’s racist and xenophobic policies and boorish attitude toward immigrants and American citizens...