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Know Your Rights in Texas: Preparing for State’s New Anti-Immigrant Law SB4

Know Your Rights in Texas: Preparing for State’s New Anti-Immigrant Law SB4

After debate rocked the Texas State Capitol, Governor Greg Abbott signed the controversial Senate Bill 4 (SB4) in May, which purports to ban sanctuary city policies and gives local police the authority to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain. Though the law won’t go into effect until September, it’s crucial to know […]

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

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

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

Written by on May 23, 2017 in Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Justice Department Changes Tune on Sanctuary Cities, Acknowledging Administration’s Bark Is Worse Than Its Bite

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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Latinos Are Afraid to Report Crime as Debate Around Immigration Intensifies

Latinos Are Afraid to Report Crime as Debate Around Immigration Intensifies

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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“Sanctuary” Policies Protect Communities, Not Criminals

“Sanctuary” Policies Protect Communities, Not Criminals

State by state “sanctuary” policies have received significant attention lately. Hundreds of communities across the nation have passed some version of a sanctuary policy and in doing so have made decisions about how they want to use their local resources. Yet the new administration, as well as others, are attempting to impede their ability to […]

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Local Policies That Protect Immigrants, Outlined

Written by on January 3, 2017 in State and Local with 0 Comments
Local Policies That Protect Immigrants, Outlined

Since the election, states and localities have begun to think creatively about how to push back against President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to undermine current enforcement priorities and increase deportations. His party’s efforts to deny federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” has mayors across the country proudly declaring themselves such places. Additionally, they’re  preparing to implement […]

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States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Legislation, State and Local with 0 Comments
States and Localities Respond to Donald Trump’s Immigration Plans

With all the focus on what to expect at the national level on immigration under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, it’s easy to overlook the states and localities, which are reacting to the presidential elections and previewing their intentions on immigration. Elections for governor were held in 12 states, with Democrats and Republicans each winning six. […]

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Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

A Texas judge issued a final judgment last Friday prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a childcare license to the nation’s largest family detention center, in Dilley, Texas and invalidating the license currently held by Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. In response, the State of Texas filed […]

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Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

After six years of challenges, including a trip to the Supreme Court, the legal battle over Arizona’s SB 1070 has come to an end—for now. The law faced a wave of opposition soon after going into effect in April 2010. In May 2010 civil and immigrant rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the […]

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Texas Judge Continues to Delay the Licensing of State Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities

Written by on May 16, 2016 in Detention, State and Local with 0 Comments
Texas Judge Continues to Delay the Licensing of State Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities

On Friday, a Texas judge extended the temporary restraining order preventing Texas from licensing the Dilley detention center as a childcare facility. Dilley is one of two privately operated detention centers in Texas that house Central American mothers and children who fled violence and poverty in their home countries and are seeking protection in the […]

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