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Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Is Passed by the House Judiciary Committee

May 26, 2017 - 11:56

For the third time in five years the House Judiciary Committee has passed a draconian interior enforcement immigration bill out of committee on a party line vote. Immigration advocates and Democratic members aptly called it the “Mass Deportation Act.” The bill mimics earlier, failed versions of the bill. However, with President Trump’s tough talk on […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Travel Ban

May 25, 2017 - 16:54

In a sweeping decision issued Thursday, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction against President Trump’s second Executive Order, which restricts nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from being issued visas and entering the United States. In the case International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) v. Trump, an overwhelming majority of […]

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Government Regularly Denies Access to Counsel, Groups Seek New Rules

May 25, 2017 - 13:13

When the White House issued its first Muslim travel ban, reports of noncitizens and citizens being held in airports’ secondary detention swirled. Individuals were being held for hours at a time without access to attorneys, even though scores of lawyers were attempting to reach them. Denial of access to counsel in secondary detention is not […]

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President Trump Unveils Harsh Immigration Budget Proposals

May 24, 2017 - 18:11

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 this week, which seeks to solidify the harsh proposals laid out in his immigration executive orders.  The budget aims to fund the beginnings of a border wall, as well as increase immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. If approved, these requests would […]

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Justice Department Changes Tune on Sanctuary Cities, Acknowledging Administration’s Bark Is Worse Than Its Bite

May 23, 2017 - 16:55

While campaigning for office, then-candidate Trump threatened to punish so-called sanctuary cities by defunding them. Soon after his inauguration, he released an executive order on interior enforcement. The order partially focused on getting local officers to become force multipliers by assisting federal immigration agents in the identification, detention, and deportation of immigrants. The president’s order […]

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Haitian Nationals Will Receive Temporary Protected Status for 6 More Months – But Then What?

May 22, 2017 - 17:57

After a massive earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, nationals of the country have been allowed to live and work in the United States under an immigration status called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS for Haitians, which was due to expire in the next 60 days, was just extended for six months by the Trump administration. […]

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How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

May 19, 2017 - 10:17

California is once again taking a lead on protecting and integrating its immigrant communities and standing up to the enforcement policies of the Trump administration. The state’s governor and legislators have set an example for other states by making support of its immigrant population of more than 10.6 million foreign-born residents, including 2.3 million undocumented […]

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Federal Court Blocks DOJ’s Attempt to Restrict Access to Legal Assistance

May 18, 2017 - 19:36

On Wednesday, a federal court in Seattle issued a nationwide temporary restraining order allowing nonprofits to continue to provide limited legal assistance to immigrants without being forced to formally represent them in immigration court. The order was issued in a lawsuit brought by the Northwest Immigrants Right Project (NWIRP) after it received a “cease and […]

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By Eliminating the Polygraph Test, Corruption among Border Agencies Could Run Rampant

May 17, 2017 - 17:30

The House and Senate Homeland Security Committees took action this month on two nearly identical bills that seek to fast-track the hiring of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and Agents by weakening CBP hiring standards. If passed, these bills would eliminate critical polygraph requirements that are widely used in federal law enforcement, a measure […]

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Latinos Are Afraid to Report Crime as Debate Around Immigration Intensifies

May 16, 2017 - 16:55

The new administration has demonstrated that no one is off limits when it comes to ramping up their deportation policies, and as a result community safety is in jeopardy. Despite the fact that they say their policies will keep Americans safer, data shows that members of the public are becoming reluctant to report crime—either as […]

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This Notorious Anti-Immigration Policy Architect Will Lead the U.S. Voting Commission

May 15, 2017 - 14:49

President Trump signed an executive order last week calling for an investigation into alleged voter fraud in the American electoral system, in another attempt to give credence to his continuous, unsubstantiated claims that “millions” cast their ballots illegally in the 2016 presidential election. He has named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to head the […]

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Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens Withstands Another Restrictionist Attack

May 12, 2017 - 17:41

Some foreign students complete their stay in the United States by gaining professional experience in their field of study. Immigration restrictionists want to end that opportunity. For the second time, a court has ruled against a group that has repeatedly tried to stop foreign students in F-1 status from gaining post-graduation practical experience. A federal […]

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What’s Causing the Decline in Border Crossings?

May 11, 2017 - 17:00

New government data points to a decline in apprehensions of undocumented immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border over the past few months. This can be attributed to a range of factors, only one of which might be the get-tough immigration enforcement policies of the Trump administration. Apprehensions normally rise and fall over the course of the year, […]

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ICE Wants to Deport Immigrants Congress is Trying to Protect Through Private Bills

May 10, 2017 - 17:24

Democratic and Republican Members of Congress alike introduce “private immigration bills” designed as a last-minute effort to protect some immigrants facing deportation. This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it would no longer issue stays of removal (temporary protection from deportation) for many individuals named in these private immigration bills. The agency claims that these […]

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Expedited Removal Hurts the Most Vulnerable In an Already Complicated Immigration System

May 9, 2017 - 16:46

The government often relies on “fast track” deportation methods to bypass due process protections in an effort to more rapidly process asylum seekers who come to the United States seeking humanitarian protection. One such deportation method, expedited removal, disadvantages the most vulnerable non-citizens currently in the United States: women and their children held in detention […]

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Congress Is Checking the Trump Administration on Their Immigration Agenda

May 8, 2017 - 17:57

After threats of a government shutdown echoed throughout Capitol Hill in early May, Congress finally passed a bill to fund the government through the remainder of the Fiscal Year. Though much of the attention centered on the lack of funding for a border wall and massive detention expansion—there was another aspect to the funding bill […]

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Tracking the Trump Immigration Agenda and What Comes Next

May 5, 2017 - 17:28

What can the first 100 days of the Trump administration tell us about how immigration will be handled in the next 100 days and beyond? Since his inauguration, President Trump has prioritized making splashy announcements on a range of issues to show his supporters that he can make good on campaign promises. He hit immigration […]

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Texas Lawmakers Admit They Have No Sanctuary Policies, But Pass Bill to Stop Them Anyway

May 4, 2017 - 16:18

Texas Governor Greg Abbot is preparing to sign SB4, a fiercely-debated bill that will make it a crime for local law enforcement to refuse cooperation with federal immigration officials. Supporters of the new law say they intend to put an end to “sanctuary” cities in Texas, although the federal government and state legislators themselves admit […]

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Former Leader of Anti-Immigrant Group Now Leads USCIS Oversight Office

May 3, 2017 - 17:29

The Trump administration continues to stack its deck with key players in the anti-immigrant movement, most recently naming Julie Kirchner as the new Ombudsman for the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department. Kirchner, the former executive director of one of the nation’s most prominent anti-immigrant groups, will be tasked with improving the quality of immigration […]

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May Day Unites Activists Under a Common Cause: Stop Deporting Immigrant Workers

May 2, 2017 - 14:13

In a display of solidarity that united immigration activists, laborers, and business groups, hundreds marched through the hot streets of Washington D.C. on Monday afternoon to commemorate May Day. May Day has been historically reserved to draw attention to the global plight of laborers. However, this year’s events sought to draw attention to the frequently […]

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