Friday, March 22, 2019

Mexico says there is “no formal agreement between Mexico and the U.S.” concerning the “Remain in Mexico” Policy

The Mexican government has rejected the United States’ announcement that it will return asylum-seeking migrants to Mexico to await their immigration court hearings via a second border crossing. The plan, formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols but initially dubbed “Remain in Mexico,” began earlier this year at the San Ysidro border crossing between Tijuana and San […]

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 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 […]

DACA headed for a court showdown

  A federal judge on Friday upheld his order that DACA should be fully restored, setting a 20-day deadline for the administration to do so. DC District Judge John Bates said the Trump administration has still failed to justify its decision to end the Obama-era program that has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants […]

CHIRLA offers to pay DACA renewal fee so that DREAMers get protections

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) in California is offering to pay the $495 renewal fee for eligible DACA recipients. “We are very concerned DACA recipients nationally are not renewing their permits in the high numbers we were expecting,” said CHIRLA legal services director Luis Perez. CHIRLA announced yesterday its “Renew and Secure It” […]

Third judge rules in favor of DACA again but gives DHS 90 days to fight back

  A third federal judge has overruled the Trump administration’s efforts to end DACA — this time saying the government has to accept new applications. The ruling on DACA won’t take immediate effect, with the judge delaying the ruling for 90 days to allow the administration to make its case in a new memo justifying […]

Latino Lawmakers Denounce Immigration Raids

In the wake of the Department of Homeland Security’s latest batch of raids and deportations of undocumented immigrants in which 121 individuals were arrested and removed from the United States many prominent Latino lawmakers in Congress and Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton are denouncing the Obama Administration’s actions and calling for a halt to […]

Immigrant deportations down to lowest numbers in a decade

New data has indicated that the Obama Administration is on pace to deport the fewest number of undocumented immigrants in a decade, tracing back to the middle of President George W. Bush’s second term. This comes as President Obama continues to fight the legal battle over the constitutionality of his executive actions, extending protection from […]

Shutdown looms as Homeland Security funding expires later this week

With the Friday deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rapidly approaching, fears of a government shutdown reverberate through the streets of Washington and the halls of Congress, where President Obama’s contentious executive actions on immigration have drawn the ire of Republicans who have been attempting to attach amendments to prevent the implementation […]

House votes to flout Obama’s immigration action

In what looks to be the start of a tenuous working relationship, the House voted on Wednesday to do away with major provisions of President Obama’s immigration policy. In a 236 to 191 vote with only ten Republicans working against it, the move revoked legal protections for undocumented immigrants once-guaranteed by Obama’s actions, and put […]