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The Department of Justice Sues California Over Its ‘Sanctuary’ Policies

The Department of Justice Sues California Over Its ‘Sanctuary’ Policies

A lawsuit challenging several California laws filed Tuesday is the U.S. Justice Department’s latest salvo in the ongoing policy and legal battle regarding “sanctuary” policies. The complaint, which names the State of California, California Governor Jerry Brown, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants, claims that three California laws addressing the role of states, […]

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Lawmakers Are Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for the Opioid Epidemic

Lawmakers Are Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for the Opioid Epidemic

The scapegoating of immigrants for crime in the United States was on full display at a February 15 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing was devoted to exploring the ways in which “sanctuary” jurisdictions allegedly impede law-enforcement efforts to control the opioid epidemic. That argument is a bit of a stretch, to say […]

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement

Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which doubles down on his aggressive immigration enforcement agenda. The proposed budget seeks to fund the border wall, as well as increase funding for immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. Much of it mirrors the yet-to-be-passed FY 2018 funding request, which has […]

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The Federal Government Is Using Immigration Raids as Retaliation Against California

Written by on February 8, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
The Federal Government Is Using Immigration Raids as Retaliation Against California

When agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided 77 businesses throughout northern California at the end of January and beginning of February, they were doing more than looking for undocumented immigrants and the employers who hire them. They were also mounting an attack against so-called “sanctuary cities”—or, in the case of California, a […]

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ICE Issues Guidance on Enforcement at Courthouses

Written by on February 7, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
ICE Issues Guidance on Enforcement at Courthouses

After a significant increase in arrests outside of courthouses in 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has finally released new guidance that officially gives its agents permission to conduct civil immigration enforcement at courthouses. While this guidance is new, the practice is not. ICE’s presence and arrests at courthouses have prompted public outcry from judges, […]

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Mapping the Local Response to Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

Mapping the Local Response to Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

States, localities, and communities continue to hold their ground against the aggressive and punitive immigration enforcement agenda touted by President Trump and his administration. Compared to a year ago, more U.S. counties have limited their involvement with federal immigration enforcement. Even though the federal government devotes more funding to immigration enforcement than criminal law enforcement, […]

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State of the Union Speech Highlights President Trump’s Vision for Massive Reductions in Immigration

State of the Union Speech Highlights President Trump’s Vision for Massive Reductions in Immigration

President Trump gave his first State of the Union address to Congress this week, during which he shared his vision for America’s future immigration policy—and it’s bleak. The address echoed much of the White House’s restrictive immigration framework released last week, which envisions a path to citizenship for the 1.8 million immigrants eligible for the […]

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Decoding the White House Immigration Framework

Decoding the White House Immigration Framework

After President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, he instructed Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers. However, Congress had to wait for direction from the White House on what type of legislation the president would sign into law. Finally, on Thursday, his administration released their framework on immigration reform and […]

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White House Reveals Its Framework on Immigration

White House Reveals Its Framework on Immigration

Days earlier than anticipated, the Trump administration released the “White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security.” It was discussed by Senior Advisor to the President, Stephen Miller, on a call this afternoon with Republican congressional staffers. It outlines the administration’s legislative wish list around border security, a 10 to 12 year-path to citizenship […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Struggles With the Facts at Senate Oversight Hearing

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Struggles With the Facts at Senate Oversight Hearing

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, where she was grilled by Senators on negotiations around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), rumored upcoming DHS policies, agency enforcement actions, and much more. While much of the media attention around this hearing focused on whether Secretary Nielsen […]

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