Abandoning Priorities Just Made Immigration Enforcement Work Much Harder

Abandoning Priorities Just Made Immigration Enforcement Work Much Harder

Written by on February 23, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments

The Trump administration ensured this week that its immigration enforcement policies will be a chaotic affair marked by mistakes, civil rights violations and overzealous enforcement. They did this by outlining measures that they claim simply return power to immigration agents to do their jobs—measures such as authorizing the hiring of thousands more border and interior […]

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Supreme Court Hears Case on Shooting of Sergio Hernandez by U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Supreme Court Hears Case on Shooting of Sergio Hernandez by U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Written by on February 22, 2017 in Abuses, Enforcement, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 1 Comment

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the federal agency which includes the Border Patrol—are rarely held accountable for their actions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of Sergio Hernandez, a 15-year-old boy shot dead in 2010 in Mexico by a Border Patrol agent who fired on him from the U.S. side […]

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Memos Reveal Harsh and Unforgiving Immigration Enforcement Road Map

Memos Reveal Harsh and Unforgiving Immigration Enforcement Road Map

Written by on February 21, 2017 in Enforcement, Executive Action with 0 Comments

The White House released the implementation memos and other information on Monday about how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementing President Trump’s immigration Executive Orders on border security and immigration enforcement. The memos reveal that DHS intends to take our nation backwards in terms of guaranteeing due process, providing a safe haven […]

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In Defense of Grace in Immigration Law

In Defense of Grace in Immigration Law

Written by on February 17, 2017 in Border Enforcement with 2 Comments

The public outrage against President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration has thus far been focused on the travel ban aimed at seven Muslim-majority countries and the attacks on the American refugee program. This is understandable, as the chaos and trauma caused by these actions were immediate. These stories gave the public a glimpse into […]

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‘Day Without Immigrants’ Highlights How America Relies on the Immigrant Labor Force

‘Day Without Immigrants’ Highlights How America Relies on the Immigrant Labor Force

Written by on February 16, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments

The various events commemorating the “Day Without Immigrants,” held in cities around the country today to fight President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, underscore a key reality about the United States: we are a nation dependent on immigrants including the undocumented. The Day Without Immigrants was marked by street protests, immigrant workers staying off the job, and […]

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Trump Administration Begins to Abandon Common Sense Immigration Enforcement Priorities

Trump Administration Begins to Abandon Common Sense Immigration Enforcement Priorities

Written by on February 15, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments

The Trump administration is quickly unraveling the last administration’s efforts to prioritize those for deportation who pose a serious threat over those who don’t. The new administration is ignoring priorities that were put into place by the Obama Administration as a way to manage limited law enforcement resources. The priorities recognized that there is a […]

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The Economic Costs of Ending DACA

The Economic Costs of Ending DACA

Written by on February 14, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Economics with 0 Comments

The President has left the public in suspense as to what he will do with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which grants young immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well as work authorization. The President has made a variety of comments about what he will do, ranging from ending DACA outright […]

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Immigration Enforcement Under Trump: The First “Surge”

Immigration Enforcement Under Trump: The First “Surge”

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

Reports and rumors of immigration raids and round ups have been circulating since President Donald Trump took office. Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that hundreds were arrested through “targeted enforcement actions,” the agency’s preferred term. The enforcement operations targeted homes and workplaces in at least 12 different states— California, New York, Texas, […]

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Five Important Points Made by the Court That Rejected the Muslim Ban

Five Important Points Made by the Court That Rejected the Muslim Ban

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent some strong messages to the President: he cannot shield himself from court review by claiming “national security;” he may only set policies that are consistent with our Constitution; and key parts of the Executive Order banning refugees and noncitizens from seven Muslim-majority countries are likely unconstitutional. In its […]

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Federal Appeals Court Says Muslim Ban Stays on Hold

Federal Appeals Court Says Muslim Ban Stays on Hold

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s emergency request to lift the temporary restraining order halting the implementation of President Trump’s travel ban.  The Court rejected the government’s attempt to shield the Executive Order behind national security, explaining that doing so “runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.” This decision affirms […]

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