Thursday, January 23, 2020

Trump Administration to impose even more restrictions for asylum seekers

Yesterday the Trump administration presented a new set of restrictions to the nation’s asylum system, unveiling a proposal to significantly expand the crimes that render migrants ineligible for asylum in the U.S. to include convictions of using false documents and crossing the border illegally more than once. The proposed rule by the Department of Homeland […]

Democrats press for ICE reforms after fake school report

Calls for structural reform of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are growing in the wake of revelations that the agency created a fake school to lure foreign students to violate immigration laws. House Democrats say the law enforcement agency’s mission is too broad and its culture corrupt, but they’ve stopped short of calling for the […]

House passes Democrat-backed measure to revamp medical screenings for migrants at the border

The House passed a measure yesterday that would revamp medical screenings for migrants in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Democrat-backed bill, which passed in a 230-184 vote, would establish timelines for medical screenings and improve overall health standards. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) and Fred Upton (Mich.) were the only Republicans to vote in favor of […]

Trump Administration signs asylum deal with Honduras

The Trump administration reached a deal with the government of Honduras to enhance the Central American nation’s asylum capacity.  The agreement, signed yesterday, is similar to agreements previously reached with the governments of El Salvador and Guatemala, a senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official told reporters on a phone call. The official said migrants who had […]

DHS Chief announces the end of ‘Catch And Release’

The Trump administration will no longer allow migrant families apprehended at the border to enter the U.S. under the immigration policy commonly known as “catch and release.” The policy change was announced yesterday by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan in remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. “With some humanitarian […]

Children of TPS holders worried about parent’s future

A group of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and their U.S. citizen children spoke out in court in support of a ruling that blocked the Trump administration from ending their families’ protected immigration status. At a hearing yesterday at the Ninth Circuit Court in Pasadena, California, the families asserted that the administration’s intent to end […]

Lawmakers say they don’t have desire for another shutdown, but have no plan to avoid it

Lawmakers are bracing for a fierce fight over President Trump’s border wall as they work to prevent a showdown but with no plan on how to avoid it. Government funding for Trump’s wall and agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has become a landmine in spending bill negotiations, with talks late last year leading to […]

Massive deportations across the country said to begin on Sunday

ICE agents will launch massive raids on Sunday targeting undocumented immigrants scheduled for deportation, The New York Times reported early today, in an operation that President Trump delayed weeks ago. The ICE action had been set to take place in 10 major cities and target up to 2,000 immigrants, according to multiple reports. According to the Times, […]

Children in detention centers allege sex assault in retaliation for protesting

The poor treatment of migrant children at the hands of U.S. border agents in recent months extends to include allegations of sexual assault and retaliation for protests, according to dozens of accounts by children held in Arizona. A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy held in Yuma, Arizona, said he and others in his cell complained about the taste […]

Trump’s threats of massive deportations keep immigrants on edge

On the summer weekends, many residents in the outskirts of Washington attend Mass, dine out with their families or simply step into the streets outside their red-brick apartments, where some of their neighbors sell shaved ice with chili powder and sliced mangoes with lime and salt from unpretentious food carts. But in recent weeks, some […]