Monday, October 14, 2019

Trump says deal to benefit DREAMers is possible if Supreme court strikes down DACA

Yesterday President Trump called on the Supreme Court to strike down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ahead of the top court’s November hearing on the legality of Trump’s termination of the Obama-era program. In a pair of tweets, Trump said that if the DACA is upheld it would give the president “extraordinary […]

Separated children and families sue the Trump Administration

The Trump administration’s family separation policy resulted in thousands of traumatized children and parents who were “cruelly and inhumanely separated from each other,” according to a lawsuit filed against the administration yesterday. The lawsuit from the ACLU covers families separated at the southern border from 2017 through the present. “The suffering and trauma inflicted on […]

Trump suggested shooting “migrants in the legs to slow them down”

According to a new book, President Trump suggested shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down once they cross the southern border. The president reportedly suggested in March during a meeting where he also called for the entire border with Mexico to be closed. The New York Times printed an excerpt of the book, […]

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 […]

Top immigration judge retires amidst backlog of cases and a migrant crisis

The nation’s immigration judges lost a key leader this week, the latest in a string of departures at the top of the system amid a backlog of cases and a migrant crisis at the southwestern border. The official, David Neal, said that he would retire from his position as head of the judges’ appeals board […]

Supreme Court sides with the Trump Administration allowing asylum restrictions to take effect

The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration’s rule that dramatically limits the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum to go into effect nationwide while the appeals process plays out. Yesterday’s order is a major victory for the administration, which argued the rule was necessary to screen out “asylum seekers who declined […]

Top asylum official reassigned for being “source of frustration” to the Trump administration

The top asylum official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reportedly been reassigned to a service center in Virginia — an apparent demotion lambasted by some immigration officials as “just another attack” by the Trump administration on the asylum system. John Lafferty, who led the USCIS asylum division for six years, was “pushed out” […]

States sue the Trump Administration over Flores settlement

California is leading a nearly 20-state lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s abandonment of a long-standing rule governing how long migrant children can be detained. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced the suit at a press conference yesterday, marking nearly the 60th time California has taken legal action against the Trump […]

Latino lawmakers slam Texas governor for anti-Latino and anti-immigrant language

In the wake of the El Paso domestic terror attack, lawmakers and Democrats, many of them Latino, are slamming language used by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a tweet and a fundraising letter as anti-Latino and anti-immigrant. On Friday, members of the state’s El Paso legislative delegation and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus condemned Abbott’s […]