These Changes May Keep Asylum Seekers From Getting Their Day in Court

These Changes May Keep Asylum Seekers From Getting Their Day in Court

Written by on February 28, 2017 in Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments

Effective February 27, 2017, new changes to the asylum screening process could lead to an increased number of deportations of asylum-seekers who fear persecution upon return to their home country. On February 13, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised its Asylum Division Officer Training Course (ADOTC) lesson plans on how to assess an […]

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Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Trump’s Immigration Detention Expansion

Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Trump’s Immigration Detention Expansion

Written by on February 27, 2017 in Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 2 Comments

The executive orders on immigration enforcement, both along the border and in the interior of the U.S., call for a significant increase in immigration detention. This means more noncitizens in detention, more taxpayer money being spent on detention, and more profits for private prison companies–but less due process for those detained. The administration has called […]

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Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do

Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do

Written by on February 24, 2017 in Enforcement with 2 Comments

Following the release of President Trump’s immigration enforcement executive orders and implementation memos, and the recent arrest of a transgender domestic violence victim at a courthouse in El Paso, Texas, there has been widespread confusion about where immigration enforcement can and cannot take place. Questions and concerns stem from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) […]

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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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