Monday, November 30, 2020

ICE announces International students may need to leave the country if universities only offer online classes

International students who are pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced yesterday. The move may affect thousands of foreign students who come to the United States to attend universities or participate in training programs, as well […]

Child deportations surge amid Coronavirus pandemic

The Trump administration has expedited the deportation of child migrants during the coronavirus pandemic, citing public health, but documents obtained by NBC News show that as far back as 2017, now–DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf sought to expedite child deportations in order to discourage Central American asylum seekers. Recent reports from immigration lawyers, DHS officials and congressional staff have […]

Trump says undocumented immigrants can get tested for coronavirus and not fear being deported

Yesterday President Trump said undocumented immigrants should be able to get tested for coronavirus without fear of arrest or deportation. “The answer is yes, we will do those tests,” Trump said during a White House briefing. “You could say illegal alien, you could say illegal immigrant, you could say whatever you want to use your definition of […]

Trump administration reconsidering ending another immigration policy

The Trump administration reportedly said yesterday that it is reconsidering putting an end to a policy that enables migrants to not be deported while they or their family members receive lifesaving medical treatment. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) faced widespread backlash after it severed the “deferred action” program on Aug. 7 without notifying the public, The New […]

U.S. Citizen released from ICE custody after 23 days

Francisco Erwin Galicia, a Dallas-born U.S. citizen, spent 23 days in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in conditions that made him so desperate he almost opted to self-deport. “It was inhumane how they treated us. It got to the point where I was ready to sign a deportation paper just to not […]

Despite delayed ICE raids, immigration advocates remain alert

Immigration activist LuzHilda Muñoz spit out her anger when she learned Saturday that President Trump had just tweeted he was delaying planned immigration raids, a prospect that had sent fear through her community. “It’s just very infuriating to know he feels he has the right to f——- play with our lives,” said Muñoz, who runs […]

Trump says ICE is planning to arrest and deport millions starting next week

President Trump said in a tweet late yesterday that starting next week, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement will remove “millions” of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally. “They will be removed as fast as they come in,” Trump wrote. The tweet was in apparent reference to an administration plan for ICE to round up […]

Supreme Court declined the administration’s request to speed up review of DACA

Yesterday the Supreme Court declined for now a Department of Justice request to consider by the end of the month whether to take up a case concerning the Trump administration’s decision to phase out DACA. The order is a setback, for now, for the Trump administration, which has been frustrated by lower courts that have […]

Graham announces new immigration bill that advocates say would harm migrant children

A new bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would harm undocumented immigrant children by detaining them for longer periods and allowing immigration officials to send them back to life-threatening situations in their home countries. Immigrant rights advocates argue the legislation wouldn’t even achieve its stated purpose: deterring undocumented families from coming to the U.S. Graham […]

White House had secret plan to arrest and deport thousands of migrant families

Department of Homeland Security officials considered a secret White House plan to arrest thousands of undocumented migrant parents and children in coordinated raids across the U.S., but the idea was tabled due to a lack of resources, reported The Washington Post and The Associated Press. The massive operation was intended to deter people from crossing […]