Six Months of Immigration Enforcement Under the New Administration

Six Months of Immigration Enforcement Under the New Administration

Now that we have passed the six-month mile marker of the new administration, the wheels of immigration enforcement have had a chance to settle into their new rhythms. Enforcement targets have expanded, enforcement tools have been sharpened, and enforcement locations have been widened, triggering pervasive fear of deportation and separation among immigrant families. President Trump’s […]

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Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate

Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate

The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 was just introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) in the U.S. Senate. The bill provides legal status, as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered the United States before the age of 18. The Dream Act, if passed into law, […]

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House Committee Funds Administration’s Super-Sized Immigration Enforcement

House Committee Funds Administration’s Super-Sized Immigration Enforcement

In the first week of his presidency, through executive orders, the president laid out harsh proposals for immigration enforcement and border security. However, much of what the president proposes to do requires generous amounts of taxpayer dollars allocated by Congress. In May, the president submitted a proposed budget which provides record levels of funding for […]

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Leaks Reveal Administration’s Plans to Expand Expedited Removal

Leaks Reveal Administration’s Plans to Expand Expedited Removal

The Trump administration has threatened to expand its use of a fast-track removal process, which could lead to the deportation of thousands of immigrants with valid claims for humanitarian relief or who have family members in the United States. The Washington Post recently reported obtaining a 13-page draft memorandum from the White House which outlines […]

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Hawaii Judge Rules That Grandparents and Other Close Relatives Are Excluded from the Travel Ban

Hawaii Judge Rules That Grandparents and Other Close Relatives Are Excluded from the Travel Ban

This story was updated on July 19, 2017. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled last week that “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States,” as well as refugees connected to resettlement agencies should be exempt from the Trump administration’s travel ban. This ruling came as a […]

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Private Land Is Being Seized in Texas to Build the Border Wall

Private Land Is Being Seized in Texas to Build the Border Wall

Written by on July 14, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments

The House of Representatives unveiled their Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week, which allocates $1.6 billion to begin construction of a border wall along the entire Southern border with Mexico. However, being provided the funds is not enough to complete the project. To achieve a complete and uninterrupted border […]

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Supreme Court Limits Power to Revoke Naturalized Person’s Citizenship

Supreme Court Limits Power to Revoke Naturalized Person’s Citizenship

Written by on July 13, 2017 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments

The Supreme Court recently rejected the government’s extreme argument that any false statement given during a naturalization exam—even a misstatement that had no impact on the naturalization decision—could later be a basis for stripping the person of their citizenship. In Maslenjak v. United States, the government’s interpretation of the law was so narrow that it […]

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Groups Sue U.S. Government for Turning Away Asylum Seekers

Groups Sue U.S. Government for Turning Away Asylum Seekers

Men, women, and children fleeing persecution, grave violence, and even death arrive daily at Ports of Entry (POE) all along the U.S.-Mexico border and present themselves to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to seek asylum in the United States. The right to seek asylum is guaranteed under both U.S. and international law, yet […]

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Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

Pentagon May Deport Immigrants Who Have Served in the Military

The Pentagon is considering halting a program that allows immigrants with urgently needed skills to serve in the military, putting the thousands of soldiers promised expedited citizenship in exchange for their service at risk for deportation. According to an undated Defense Department memo, the Pentagon may terminate the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program […]

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Ending Deportation Priorities Breaks Away from Decades of History and Sound Policy

Ending Deportation Priorities Breaks Away from Decades of History and Sound Policy

A recent story from ProPublica has revealed an internal February 2017 memorandum authored by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to its employees about the implementation of recent Executive Orders on immigration enforcement. The memo is stunning in its declaration: “effective immediately, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers will take enforcement action against all removable [immigrants] […]

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