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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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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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The State Immigration Laws You Should Know About

Written by on January 24, 2018 in Economics, Legislation, State and Local, State by State with 0 Comments
The State Immigration Laws You Should Know About

In the course of the first year under the Trump administration, states and localities have increasingly pursued immigration policies that serve the best interests of their own communities. While there were extreme differences in these state-level approaches to immigration, overall more states enacted policies designed to protect, support, and welcome their residents, immigrants and nonimmigrants […]

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‘Sanctuary’ Policies Do Not Foster Crime, Research Shows

‘Sanctuary’ Policies Do Not Foster Crime, Research Shows

During its first ten months in office, the Trump administration has made aggressive immigration enforcement a priority. One of the areas in which this approach was crystalized was around so-called sanctuary jurisdictions—communities across the country that have adopted ordinances that explicitly curtail cooperation with the federal government regarding immigration enforcement. The Trump administration has been […]

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Where Doug Jones Stands on Immigration Policy

Where Doug Jones Stands on Immigration Policy

Doug Jones, a former Democratic prosecutor once considered a longshot in Republican-majority Alabama, narrowly won the state’s Senate race Tuesday evening in what may ultimately prove to be a needed boost for immigrants’ rights on Capitol Hill. Jones’ stance on immigration was largely captured during the contentious Senate race, in which he was repeatedly questioned […]

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As Immigration Enforcement Ramps up, Neighbors Sign up to Defend Immigrants

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
As Immigration Enforcement Ramps up, Neighbors Sign up to Defend Immigrants

In the face of heightened threats around immigration enforcement, communities are taking action to ensure due process for their undocumented community members. These rapid response efforts are being undertaken by a growing network of community members—from students to salesmen to social workers—who are volunteering to witness arrests conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. […]

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Deputizing More Local Cops to Target Immigrants Will Erode Public Safety

Deputizing More Local Cops to Target Immigrants Will Erode Public Safety

In a sweeping effort to increase local law enforcement’s role in immigration enforcement, the Trump administration is preparing to increase the number of officers who are authorized to act as federal immigration enforcers through additional 287(g) agreements. These agreements are named for the provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act that authorizes the agency to […]

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CBP Is Refusing to Be Transparent About Its Role in Domestic Law Enforcement

CBP Is Refusing to Be Transparent About Its Role in Domestic Law Enforcement

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a long track record of operating in the dark, with little transparency and accountability.  The most recent examples come from the agency’s failure to reveal information about its practice of sending agents to serve as translators in routine law enforcement and local emergency services activities. Strong evidence suggests […]

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