Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tent City to be built in Texas to house Immigrant children

The Trump administration has selected Tornillo, Texas, for the construction of tents to house immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under the new “zero tolerance” policy. The Department of Health and Human Services will build a “tent city,” full of large tents, that is estimated to hold 450 beds for […]

Trump sees the missing children as an opportunity to push his agenda

As controversy grows over his administration’s treatment of children separated from undocumented immigrant parents, Trump is seeking a political opening to damage his opponents and solidify his own support. Trump chose to wage his latest political battle over his administration’s policy of separating children from parents caught crossing the border. The controversy over the policy […]

Republicans are 15 signatures away from forcing DACA vote

More than 200 lawmakers — including 20 Republicans — have now signed a discharge petition to circumvent leadership and trigger a series of votes on the floor dealing with immigration. As of Tuesday evening, petition proponents needed just 15 more signatures to reach the magic number of 218, but it will be this last group […]

Trump’s ICE is after all unauthorized immigrants, even those without a record

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is arresting more immigrants, and increasingly they have not been convicted of crimes, according to data released yesterday by the agency. The new figures, which reflect the first two quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, show that ICE is carrying out the crackdown on unauthorized immigrants that President Donald Trump promised. […]

A total of 20 republicans have signed onto a measure that could potentially force vote on DACA

Two more Republicans signed on to a measure that would force an immigration vote in the House just hours after Speaker Paul Ryan urged his colleagues not to do so in a closed-door meeting yesterday. The signatures of New York Rep. John Katko and Michigan Rep. David Trott brought the total to 20 Republicans supporting […]

Freedom Caucus trying to derail vote on immigration bill

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) yesterday floated the idea of using the farm bill as leverage in order to derail an effort by Republicans to force a vote on immigration. Meadows said the conservative group might push for a vote on an immigration bill introduced back in January by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) in […]

Under Trump proposal immigrants who receive government supported healthcare might be deemed a public charge

The Trump administration is considering a policy change that might discourage immigrants who are seeking permanent residency from using government-supported health care, a scenario that is alarming some doctors, hospitals and patient advocates. “We are very concerned that this rule, if finalized, would have a significant impact on health in this country,” says Erin O’Malley, […]

Despite what Trump says, arrests at the Mexican border are at a historic low

The number of people caught trying to cross the border with Mexico increased for a third straight month in April, but overall apprehension numbers remain at historic lows, according to data released last Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The increase comes as more than 150 people from Central America have reached the border and applied for […]

Trump Administration set to make a decision today on TPS for Hondurans

  About 86,000 Honduran nationals, including nearly 5,000 in New Jersey, are nervously waiting to find out if the Trump administration will remove them from a program that granted them temporary permission to live and work in the United States. Protection for Hondurans under the program, called Temporary Protected Status (TPS), is set to expire on […]

Texas and six other states are suing the Trump administration for not terminating DACA.

Texas and six other states are suing the Trump administration over its failure to terminate the Obama-era program that provides work permits to young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. “Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) […]