Friday, April 26, 2019

Report states that 100,000 immigrants graduate without DACA protections

Nearly 100,000 undocumented students graduate from high school every year, but under the Trump administration, they cannot apply for DACA, which has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation since the program started under the Obama administration. A new report based on census data from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, […]

Democrats want to tackle DACA and TPS first, then a comprehensive immigration bill

Latino Democrats are charging ahead with plans to move a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year, bolstered by recently secured support from some of the party’s top brass. Leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are drafting a measure that some Democratic leaders say they are ready to bring to the floor after the chamber […]

Trump Administration tackling visa overstays in latest immigration move

Yesterday President Trump directed his administration to find ways to limit the number of foreigners who overstay short-term visas amid a broad push to curb immigration. In a presidential memorandum, Trump ordered the State Department to work with governments of countries with total overstay rates of more than 10 percent in order to reduce the number. […]

Supreme Court to decide if administration can add citizenship question to the 2020 census

The U.S. Supreme Court hears its highest profile case of the term Tuesday — a battle over the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form that goes to every U.S. household. A total of 18 states, several of the nation’s largest cities, and immigrant rights groups say the question would […]

Attorney General Barr rules asylum-seekers must be detained during deportation proceedings

Attorney General William Barr said in a new ruling issued Tuesday that asylum-seekers who are able to demonstrate a “credible fear” and are then sent to full deportation proceedings are not eligible to be released on bond. The ruling, which will go into effect in 90 days, states that a previous decision allowing for asylum-seekers to be released […]

California responds as Trump threatens to send asylum seekers to ‘sanctuary cities’

California Democrats this week stepped up their attacks on President Trump over his threat to send immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities, even as experts suggested the president’s plan could backfire and lure more migrants to the north. Gov. Gavin Newsom labeled the president’s proposed policy nonsensical, saying Trump campaigned on deporting more immigrants, but his latest […]

Court allows the Trump administration to temporarily reinstate “Remain in Mexico” policy

A federal appeals court in California took action Friday that would temporarily allow the Trump administration to return asylum seekers to Mexico. The decision is in response to the administration’s emergency motion filing from Thursday asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco to stop a nationwide injunction that would […]

Trump officials suggested moving migrants to sanctuary cities as retaliation against the President’s political enemies

Trump administration officials proposed moving migrants to “sanctuary cities” as retaliation against President Trump’s political enemies, The Washington Post reported Thursday.- Members of the administration reportedly proposed transporting detained immigrants to the cities at least twice in the past six months, according to DHS officials and email messages reviewed by the Post. The transfer was suggested in November […]

The acting director of ICE, Ron Vitiello, resigns amid immigration crisis

The acting director of ICE, Ron Vitiello, has resigned amid an agency wide restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security. Vitiello had originally been nominated to take over the post permanently, but his nomination was abruptly pulled last week by President Trump, who said he wanted to go in a “tougher” direction. Outgoing Homeland Security […]

Judge halts Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction yesterday to stop the Trump administration’s policy of having some asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their case is under consideration. District Judge Richard Seeborg wrote in his ruling that while it’s unclear how much risk asylum seekers are facing under the policy, “there is no real question that it […]