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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Deportations
Danziger

Danziger: The American Nightmare

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven […]

January 25, 2018
Immigrants

New Rules, Same Humans

No matter how much undocumented immigrants pay in taxes and Social Security, and regardless of what they contribute to their communities, they are now more vulnerable than ever before. Something as simple as failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign can lead to one person’s deportation and the devastation of an entire family.

February 24, 2017
A Salvadoran father (R) carries his son while running next to another immigrant as they try to board a train heading to the Mexican-U.S. border, in Huehuetoca, near of Mexico City, June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

Mexican Official Says Deporting Non-Mexicans To Mexico Is A ‘Non-Starter’

Mexican officials have flatly rejected the Trump administration’s plan to deport to Mexico migrants caught illegally crossing the U.S. southern border, regardless of nationality. The officials said Mexico will never accept the return of Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Hondurans, and others who traveled through the country on their way to the United States, most often to ask for asylum here.

February 23, 2017
immigration

Trump Deportation Plans Would Cost Billions

The Trump administration’s aggressive immigration plans should be panicking federal budget officials, who are going to have to figure out a way to pay for the big boost in personnel and infrastructure envisioned in two memos Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly issued Tuesday. Experts estimate the total cost of implementation will be around $400 billion to $600 billion.

February 23, 2017
Danziger on the future of the National Guard

Danziger: Always Ready, Always There!

A draft memo leaked from the Department of Homeland Security, indicating that the government may soon call up National Guard units to detain and deport undocumented immigrants – not exactly what most Guard personnel enlisted to do, as Danziger notes. But if ordered to tear immigrant families apart, at least they can offer the usual excuse.

February 22, 2017
Immigration, Deportations

Trump Team Drafts Plan To Raise Asylum Bar, Speed Deportations

The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated February 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants who have a good chance of ultimately getting asylum, but does not give specific criteria for establishing credible fear of persecution if sent home.

February 19, 2017
Immigrant

Over 680 Arrested Across The U.S. In Immigration Raids

U.S. immigration officers have arrested more than 680 people in recent operations, 75 percent of whom have criminal records, the homeland security chief said on Monday. Immigration rights advocates say agents are deporting migrants indiscriminately and that the operations, which they describe as raids, do not take into account an immigrant’s threat level or family ties to the United States.

February 13, 2017
Private prisons, deportations

Obama Handed Trump’s Gang Of White Nationalists A Lethal Deportation Machine

During his presidency, Obama greatly expanded the U.S. deportation machine, overseeing a higher number of border patrols than any previous administration. That deportation machine is now being handed to Trump, whose administration is aggressively delivering on his fascist and white supremacist campaign pledges to slam the door on refugees and migrants.

February 8, 2017
Trump, Immigration

Google And Twitter Employees Vow Not To Surveil Muslims Or Immigrants

Drawing comparisons to the Holocaust and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the tech employees signed an open letter at neveragain.tech rebuking ideas floated by Trump during the campaign trail.

December 14, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump’s Immigration Harangue Sells Out America’s Finest Ideals

If ever a candidate deserved “extreme vetting,” it’s Donald Trump. There are few policy proposals I can think of that are more un-American — a term that any defender of civil liberties must use advisedly — than the ones he made this week in a speech in Phoenix on immigration.

September 2, 2016
Trump Organization, Business

There’s One Good Thing About Donald Trump–As Long As He Loses

Donald Trump has shaken American politics to their very core. And in the process, he has, maybe without knowing it, completely re-aligned the positions and appeals of the two major parties. That’s because Trump is an opportunist.

July 29, 2016
Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) are shown during an operation targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in this image released May 11, 2016. Courtesy ICE/Handout via REUTERS

White House Defends Deportations After Democratic Complaints

The White House on Friday defended its deportation policy after complaints from Democratic presidential candidates and congressional leaders that a sweep targeting Central American illegal immigrants is inhumane.

May 13, 2016

Court Blocks Deportations Of Several Central American Families

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says ‘Our borders are not open to illegal migration.’

January 7, 2016

7,000 Immigrant Children Ordered Deported Without Going To Court

America’s border crisis has become a legal crisis.

March 6, 2015

Immigrants’ Energy And Vitality Ought To Be Celebrated

It’s time to change the way we look at undocumented immigrants.

November 29, 2014

Judges’ Union Calls For Change In U.S. Immigration Courts, Separation From The Justice Department

By Dianne Solis, The Dallas Morning News DALLAS — Two federal immigration court judges criticized the fast-track deportation hearings for unaccompanied minors Wednesday and called for the courts to be made independent from the Justice Department. The judges, leaders in the National Association of Immigration Judges, said the recent surge of immigrant children from Central […]

August 28, 2014
A group of 16 Guatemalans receive instructions from an Hidalgo County Constable after they crossed the Rio Grande near Anzalduas Park outside McAllen, Texas, Junes 12, 2014. The group, from Guatemala, spent 3 weeks crossing Mexico. (Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Legitimate Refugees Should Not Be Deported

The politics surrounding the surge of migrant children at our Southern border are predictable: Republicans blast President Obama; Obama asks Congress for more money to deal with the problem; immigration advocates insist on fewer deportations. But in the middle of that clichéd drama are gut-wrenching stories about children — including some who are quite young […]

July 12, 2014

Questions Abound On The Surge Of Central American Children Into U.S.

By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times TUCSON, Ariz. — As a crush of unaccompanied Central American children illegally enters the United States, politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle are increasingly weighing in on what should be done to stop the surge. Shelters established for unaccompanied children are overflowing — news reports have […]

June 23, 2014

Young Immigrants Can Seek Deportation Waiver Extensions, U.S. Says

By Brian Bennett and Kate Linthicum, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — More than half a million young immigrants who were granted temporary deportation waivers can apply for a two-year extension, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday, in what may be a template for more sweeping White House action before the midterm elections. Under a […]

June 6, 2014

Congress Works Hard At Doing Nothing

Sadly, the American public does not have a thunderbolt to throw at Congress to get its members to quit acting like petulant children and focus on doing the work of the nation. In their latest tantrum, House Republicans passed a measure to sue President Barack Obama for not enforcing law. His supposed laxity on immigration […]

March 18, 2014

Organized Mass Border Crossing Draws Attention To Broken Homes

By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — With activists cheering them on, dozens of people deported in recent years crossed the border into San Diego on Monday and formally requested permission to return to their former homes in the United States. The coordinated event was held to draw attention to U.S. deportation policies […]

March 11, 2014

Huge Increase in Deportations, Administration Report Shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Huge increases in deportations of people after they were arrested for breaking traffic or immigration laws or driving drunk helped the Obama administration set a record last year for the number of criminal immigrants forced to leave the country, documents show. The U.S. deported nearly 393,000 people in the fiscal year that […]

July 22, 2011