Tuesday, December 11, 2018

With one week before midterms, Trump claims he can end birthright citizenship

President Trump offered a dramatic, if legally dubious, promise in a new interview to unilaterally end birthright citizenship, ratcheting up his hardline immigration rhetoric with a week to go before midterm elections. Trump’s vow to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil came in an […]

ACLU claims that immigrant agencies set up “traps” for immigrants

Two federal immigration agencies coordinated to bring unauthorized immigrants who were seeking legal residency in for interviews at government offices, where they were then arrested and in some cases deported, according to internal agency communications. The interviews were timed at the convenience of ICE agents, who asked government officials to space out the meetings so […]

ACLU after ICE: Claims agency withheld deported parents information from lawyers

The ACLU is claiming that ICE for more than a month purposefully withheld hundreds of migrant parents’ contact information from their lawyers. “The numbers have been [in the children’s files] for a while, and we should have had them for a while,” Lee Gelernt, the lead lawyer for the ACLU’s lawsuit against ICE, told HuffPost. […]

Judge threatens to hold Session in contempt after attempted deportation

Yesterday a federal judge threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after discovering that the Trump administration attempted to transfer a woman and her daughter out of the country while an appeal hearing for their deportation was underway. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan granted a request from the ACLU for an emergency order […]

Judge denies the Trump administration’s request for more time to reunite separated families

A federal judge on Friday appeared to reject the Trump administration’s request to extend the deadline to reunite families separated at the border under the “zero tolerance” policy. “The government must reunite them,” Sabraw said, according to the AP. “It must comply with the time frame unless there is an articulable reason.” U.S. District Judge Dana […]

Judge orders Trump Administration to stop detaining asylum seekers

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration yesterday to halt the sudden shift in the way the U.S. deals with certain asylum-seekers who have presented themselves at the border. Advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights First, alleged in a class action lawsuit representing some 800 people that ICE is […]

Greyhound will allow Border Patrol to check passengers’ papers

Border Patrol officers routinely board buses without a warrant, without specific people they’re targeting, up to 100 miles from the border — and ask passengers for their papers and Greyhound, the nation’s largest intercity bus line, lets them do it and doesn’t plan to stop. Greyhound officials say they’re just complying with the law. But […]

Immigration Activists say ICE is after them

Activists across the country say they are being targeted by federal immigration authorities for speaking out at protests and accusing the government of heavy-handed tactics. “We’re always at the marches and giving interviews, without fear of what could happen,” says Zully Palacios Rodriguez, one of the activists caught by ICE. “So to go against us is […]

ACLU sues federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking families

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced last Friday that it has filed a national class-action lawsuit against multiple federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking families. “Whether or not the Trump administration wants to call this a ‘policy,’ it certainly is engaged in a widespread practice of tearing children away from their […]

LA School Board Votes to Ban Immigration Officers from Campus

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles school board voted unanimously to protect families from immigration raids by prohibiting immigration officers from entering a campus without superintendent authorization. Under this protection, the superintendent will also have to consult with local lawyers before giving immigration officers clearance. “L.A. Unified is basically saying fear stops at [our] door,” said […]