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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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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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‘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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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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Tracking the Trump Immigration Agenda and What Comes Next

Tracking the Trump Immigration Agenda and What Comes Next

What can the first 100 days of the Trump administration tell us about how immigration will be handled in the next 100 days and beyond? Since his inauguration, President Trump has prioritized making splashy announcements on a range of issues to show his supporters that he can make good on campaign promises. He hit immigration […]

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Texas Lawmakers Admit They Have No Sanctuary Policies, But Pass Bill to Stop Them Anyway

Written by on May 4, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Texas Lawmakers Admit They Have No Sanctuary Policies, But Pass Bill to Stop Them Anyway

Texas Governor Greg Abbot is preparing to sign SB4, a fiercely-debated bill that will make it a crime for local law enforcement to refuse cooperation with federal immigration officials. Supporters of the new law say they intend to put an end to “sanctuary” cities in Texas, although the federal government and state legislators themselves admit […]

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DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

Written by on April 27, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 1 Comment
DHS Launches Controversial Immigration Victims Office

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) on April 26, declaring that its “singular mission is to support victims of crime through access to information and resources.” Originally proposed in the Trump administration’s interior enforcement executive order, the office seeks to be a “programmatic liaison […]

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities

Written by on April 26, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities

In the latest judiciary blow to the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, a U.S. District Court Judge blocked the president’s plans to deny funding to jurisdictions deemed uncooperative on federal immigration enforcement. The administration had hoped to end so-called “sanctuary cities” by forcing them into compliance with federal law. However, these cities already comply with federal […]

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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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Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration

Written by on February 9, 2017 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration

Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General this week by a vote of 52-47, following a very contentious confirmation process. As Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Sessions will oversee key immigration-related functions. The three recently issued executive orders on immigration give the Attorney General  specific directives and are likely to […]

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