Thursday, February 21, 2019

22 immigrants died under ICE detention in the last 2 years

The 22 immigrants who died in the nation’s sprawling network of detention centers over the past two years came to the United States from countries as far-flung as Vietnam, and as close as Mexico. Some had been longtime legal residents, arriving as refugee or students. Many were young — half were not yet 45 years […]

DHS is making asylum seekers wait in Mexico while claims are processed

Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States will be sent to Mexico while their cases are evaluated, the Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday. “Today we are announcing historic measures to bring the illegal immigration crisis under control,” said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a statement. “Aliens trying to game the system to get […]

Judge strikes down Trump administration efforts to deny asylum

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down most of the policies former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued that made it almost impossible for victims of domestic and gang violence to seek asylum. Judge Emmet Sullivan, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said the policies, which created a stricter test to satisfy the “credible fear” standard […]

Trump Administration making asylum harder for caravan, wants them to wait in Mexico.

For the past several months, the Trump administration has attempted to deter asylum seekers from crossing the US border, and its only plan to deal with the problem is to force them to remain in Mexico even longer. During the weeks that caravan members have waited in Tijuana, they haven’t been in conditions that seem sustainable […]

U.S. cuts the number of refugees allowed to enter the country, sets a record low

President Trump plans to cap the number of refugees that can be resettled in the United States next year at 30,000, his administration announced yesterday. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, announced the limit at the State Department, saying it reflected the “daunting operational reality” of addressing what he called a “humanitarian crisis” involving people […]

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 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 […]

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 […]