Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Appeals court rules that DHS had not followed the law when terminating DACA

Last Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA, was unlawful, reversing a decision by a lower court. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the Department of Homeland Security had not followed the law in terminating the program. The court found that the […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigns amid immigration crisis

Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security who has become a face of President Trump’s hardline immigration push, is leaving the administration, President Trump announced on Twitter yesterday afternoon. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” Trump said on Twitter. “I am […]

DHS will be seeking a legislative proposal to address border crossings

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for asylum from their home countries, according to a copy of the request obtained by NBC News. […]

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 […]