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In Defense of Grace in Immigration Law

February 17, 2017 - 16:59

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

February 16, 2017 - 17:18

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

February 15, 2017 - 18:05

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

February 14, 2017 - 16:43

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”

February 13, 2017 - 17:20

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

February 10, 2017 - 14:20

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

February 9, 2017 - 19:10

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

February 9, 2017 - 18:08

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

February 8, 2017 - 15:01

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

February 7, 2017 - 17:03

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

February 6, 2017 - 17:47

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

February 3, 2017 - 19:46

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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Mass Deportations Under President Trump Would Devastate U.S. Families, Economy

February 2, 2017 - 15:32

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration enforcement, research reveals that carrying out a massive deportation plan would have devastating social and economic effects on the United States. Trump’s executive order effectively makes all undocumented immigrants in the country an “enforcement priority.” The Center for Migration Studies’ (CMS) report found that pursuing […]

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Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Immigration

February 1, 2017 - 22:09

President Donald Trump announced his choice Tuesday to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia nearly one year ago. In nominating Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch, a Harvard Law School graduate who was confirmed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, President Trump has effectively chosen to […]

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Meet the Plaintiffs Challenging the Discriminatory Nature of President Trump’s Muslim Ban

January 31, 2017 - 16:05

The fallout continues from last week’s immigration executive order, which has been coined the “Muslim Ban.” Several lawsuits have been filed to challenge the executive order, including Ali v. Trump, on the grounds that it violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and a statutory prohibition against discrimination. The American Immigration Council, […]

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The Public Responds Loudly to President Trump’s Refugee and Muslim Ban

January 30, 2017 - 19:52

In his first week as president, President Donald Trump unleashed a series of executive orders, thereby launching his first strikes against current and future immigrants and refugees. In response, thousands of Americans mobilized over the weekend, demonstrating against the President’s actions. Strong opposition continues to come from foreign leaders, Congressional leaders, government bureaucrats, business leaders, […]

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President Trump Honors Holocaust Remembrance Day by Banning Refugees and Muslims

January 28, 2017 - 09:12

President Trump marked the end of his first full week in office with another sweeping Executive Order, this one bringing to a screeching halt the United States’ long history of providing refuge for those seeking protection. Today’s order, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals, halts all refugee admissions for at least four […]

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Will Congress Fund President Trump’s Executive Order on Border Enforcement?

January 27, 2017 - 16:02

President Donald Trump’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements executive order is an attempt to fulfill his campaign pledge to build a wall at the southern border, to provide additional resources to Border Patrol agents, to curtail due process at the border, and to increase detention along the southern border, including for those who are […]

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Understanding the Dangerous Implications of President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

January 26, 2017 - 16:35

On January 25, President Trump signed a pair of immigration-related executive orders, one dealing with border security and the other with immigration enforcement in the interior of the country. The order on border security has received the most public attention—particularly the “great wall” that Trump is so anxious to build. But it is the other […]

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President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

January 25, 2017 - 18:10

Our American values and laws dictate that everyone receive a just and fair process, whether they have been in in this country for decades or are arriving at our border today in search of safety and protection. Today, President Trump signed two executive orders on immigration that seek to shut America’s doors and label immigrants […]

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