Thursday, June 20, 2019

Study finds that Mexican immigrants are more highly skilled than before

The number of college-educated Mexican immigrants in the United States has risen more than 150 percent since 2000, according to a study released yesterday. Mexican immigrants with a bachelor’s degree rose from 269,000 in 2000 to 678,000 in 2017, an increase of 409,000, according to the report by the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington think […]

Border apprehensions reach new record, immigration officials say they are “overwhelmed”

The number of migrants apprehended by U.S. authorities along the border topped 100,000 for the second month in a row, officials said. April’s tally of 109,144 apprehended border-crossers — many of them families and children — is the highest monthly total since 2007. “Our apprehension numbers are off the charts as compared to recent years,” said U.S. […]

Judge gave Trump Administration 6 months to reunite migrant children with families

A judge gave President Trump’s administration six months to identify migrant children who were separated from their families for reunification, a process the White House previously stated would take up to two years. The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General estimated in a report that thousands of children were separated even before the “zero tolerance” […]

Report states that 100,000 immigrants graduate without DACA protections

Nearly 100,000 undocumented students graduate from high school every year, but under the Trump administration, they cannot apply for DACA, which has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation since the program started under the Obama administration. A new report based on census data from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, […]

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 […]

California responds as Trump threatens to send asylum seekers to ‘sanctuary cities’

California Democrats this week stepped up their attacks on President Trump over his threat to send immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities, even as experts suggested the president’s plan could backfire and lure more migrants to the north. Gov. Gavin Newsom labeled the president’s proposed policy nonsensical, saying Trump campaigned on deporting more immigrants, but his latest […]

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 […]

Judge halts Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction yesterday to stop the Trump administration’s policy of having some asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their case is under consideration. District Judge Richard Seeborg wrote in his ruling that while it’s unclear how much risk asylum seekers are facing under the policy, “there is no real question that it […]

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 […]

Julián Castro unveils his campaign’s immigration plan

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro called for the decriminalization of border crossings yesterday as part of his 2020 presidential platform on immigration. Castro, who announced his presidential bid back in January, wrote in a blog post that “the truth is, immigrants seeking refuge in our country aren’t a threat to national security.” Castro called for […]