The churchyard at Marturia Indonesian Presbyterian Church was abuzz with families pruning trees and clearing out brush. Members were preparing for the harsh New England winter. In their hearts, they are preparing for much more. Marturia members and others in the Indonesian and Brazilian communities in this part of New England have fallen under the focus of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Their trouble started in January when President Donald Trump issued an executive order on interior immigration enforcement, which prioritizes enforcement against a wide portion of the migrant population in the U.S. and minimizes the use of a long-established practice of prosecutorial discretion. Action Alert Button“Under previous administrations, immigration would focus enforcement efforts against those committing serious crimes,” said Amanda Craft, manager of advocacy for the Office of Immigration Issues in the Office of the General Assembly (OGA). “Conversely,” she added, “for those with no record and significant family and community ties, they would offer mercy in the form of prosecutorial discretion. The executive order changed all of this.” The result is that everyone who is technically eligible for deportation is now a priority. Each day, the number of people eligible for deportation rises as plans are put into place to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and reduce the number of countries eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Immigrants present in the U.S. under previous grants of prosecutorial discretion are not being renewed this year. The loss of DACA and the end of prosecutorial discretion threatens many in this 210-member congregation. Having arrived in the late 1990s and early 2000s, these Presbyterians fled Indonesia as religious minorities but failed to make their claims for asylum within the one year deadline imposed by the government. Many, upon realizing their mistake, applied late and, while not granted asylum, have been allowed to stay in the U.S. year after year under orders of supervision or DACA, both forms of prosecutorial discretion. Others, seeing their neighbors lose their asylum claims, never applied and, though technically undocumented, have been peacefully living in and contributing to communities across the U.S.