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Trump’s Immigration Remarks at Joint Address, Debunked

This week, President Trump gave an address to a joint session of Congress where he continued his divisive, inaccurate rhetoric on immigration.  Some analysts have said Trump moderated his tone in this speech, but in reality Trump isn’t shifting from his hard-line immigration policies. In his speech, he continued to falsely blaming immigrants for the […]

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These Changes May Keep Asylum Seekers From Getting Their Day in Court

Effective February 27, 2017, new changes to the asylum screening process could lead to an increased number of deportations of asylum-seekers who fear persecution upon return to their home country. On February 13, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised its Asylum Division Officer Training Course (ADOTC) lesson plans on how to assess an […]

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Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Trump’s Immigration Detention Expansion

The executive orders on immigration enforcement, both along the border and in the interior of the U.S., call for a significant increase in immigration detention. This means more noncitizens in detention, more taxpayer money being spent on detention, and more profits for private prison companies–but less due process for those detained. The administration has called […]

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Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do

Following the release of President Trump’s immigration enforcement executive orders and implementation memos, and the recent arrest of a transgender domestic violence victim at a courthouse in El Paso, Texas, there has been widespread confusion about where immigration enforcement can and cannot take place. Questions and concerns stem from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) […]

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Abandoning Priorities Just Made Immigration Enforcement Work Much Harder

The Trump administration ensured this week that its immigration enforcement policies will be a chaotic affair marked by mistakes, civil rights violations and overzealous enforcement. They did this by outlining measures that they claim simply return power to immigration agents to do their jobs—measures such as authorizing the hiring of thousands more border and interior […]

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Latinos and the New Trump Administration

The Pew Hispanic Center - February 23, 2017 - 14:51
Hispanics are divided about what a Donald Trump presidency means for their place in America, according to a Pew Research Center survey of Hispanic adults taken before his inauguration.

Supreme Court Hears Case on Shooting of Sergio Hernandez by U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the federal agency which includes the Border Patrol—are rarely held accountable for their actions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of Sergio Hernandez, a 15-year-old boy shot dead in 2010 in Mexico by a Border Patrol agent who fired on him from the U.S. side […]

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Memos Reveal Harsh and Unforgiving Immigration Enforcement Road Map

The White House released the implementation memos and other information on Monday about how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementing President Trump’s immigration Executive Orders on border security and immigration enforcement. The memos reveal that DHS intends to take our nation backwards in terms of guaranteeing due process, providing a safe haven […]

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In Defense of Grace in Immigration Law

The public outrage against President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration has thus far been focused on the travel ban aimed at seven Muslim-majority countries and the attacks on the American refugee program. This is understandable, as the chaos and trauma caused by these actions were immediate. These stories gave the public a glimpse into […]

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‘Day Without Immigrants’ Highlights How America Relies on the Immigrant Labor Force

The various events commemorating the “Day Without Immigrants,” held in cities around the country today to fight President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, underscore a key reality about the United States: we are a nation dependent on immigrants including the undocumented. The Day Without Immigrants was marked by street protests, immigrant workers staying off the job, and […]

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Trump Administration Begins to Abandon Common Sense Immigration Enforcement Priorities

The Trump administration is quickly unraveling the last administration’s efforts to prioritize those for deportation who pose a serious threat over those who don’t. The new administration is ignoring priorities that were put into place by the Obama Administration as a way to manage limited law enforcement resources. The priorities recognized that there is a […]

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The Economic Costs of Ending DACA

The President has left the public in suspense as to what he will do with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which grants young immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well as work authorization. The President has made a variety of comments about what he will do, ranging from ending DACA outright […]

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Immigration Enforcement Under Trump: The First “Surge”

Reports and rumors of immigration raids and round ups have been circulating since President Donald Trump took office. Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that hundreds were arrested through “targeted enforcement actions,” the agency’s preferred term. The enforcement operations targeted homes and workplaces in at least 12 different states— California, New York, Texas, […]

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Five Important Points Made by the Court That Rejected the Muslim Ban

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent some strong messages to the President: he cannot shield himself from court review by claiming “national security;” he may only set policies that are consistent with our Constitution; and key parts of the Executive Order banning refugees and noncitizens from seven Muslim-majority countries are likely unconstitutional. In its […]

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Federal Appeals Court Says Muslim Ban Stays on Hold

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s emergency request to lift the temporary restraining order halting the implementation of President Trump’s travel ban.  The Court rejected the government’s attempt to shield the Executive Order behind national security, explaining that doing so “runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.” This decision affirms […]

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Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration

Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General this week by a vote of 52-47, following a very contentious confirmation process. As Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Sessions will oversee key immigration-related functions. The three recently issued executive orders on immigration give the Attorney General  specific directives and are likely to […]

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The Dangerous Expansion of Rushed Deportations Through Expedited Removal

President Donald Trump’s best known executive actions to date on immigration include his ban on travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations and his directive to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. However, these are not the only orders that will do lasting harm to the nation. Trump’s executive order on the border wall contains another […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Tells Congress Immigration Executive Order Should Have Been Delayed

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly testified for the first time since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in front of the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday in a hearing titled “Ending the Crisis: America’s Borders and the Path to Security.” While the hearing was supposed to focus on border security, much […]

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Congressional Efforts to Repeal Immigration Executive Orders

Since President Donald Trump announced his immigration executive orders last month on border security, interior enforcement, halting all refugee admissions  and banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days, there has been strong reaction by the public, litigators and on Capitol Hill. Members of the U.S. House of […]

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New Immigration Court Directive Could Weaken Due Process

The Trump administration released a memorandum this week–effective immediately–which orders the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (which manages the immigration courts) to prioritize deportation hearings for certain groups, including any non-citizens who are detained and unaccompanied children who do not have a sponsor.  The memo rescinded preexisting immigration court priorities from early […]

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