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Friday, August 18, 2017
DHS
terrorism

Domestic Terrorism: Home Is Where The Hate Is

While most such groups had collapsed after 9/11, the law center noticed an explosion of so-called Patriot groups that began in 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, and reached a peak in 2012, when the group counted 1,360 active Patriot groups and 1,007 hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads and neo-Nazis.

According to our database, during this same period, from 2008 to 2013, terror plots and actions by far-right groups outnumbered Islamist domestic terror cases by more than 2 to 1. Far-right extremists also inflicted three times as many deaths as Islamists during this period.

June 25, 2017
Private prisons, deportations

Trump Immigration Policies Are A Boon For Private Prisons

The Trump administration is expanding the use of private prison facilities to handle a massive increase in deportation and is considering a policy of separating women and children who illegally cross the border, according to news reports.

March 7, 2017
Immigration, Deportations

Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders And The Demise Of Due Process

As a result of Trump’s executive orders on immigration, the government is taking a hard-line approach to immigration enforcement — without explicit consideration for a person’s circumstances.

March 7, 2017
Immigration

Undocumented Communities Ready To Fight Trump’s Mass Expulsion Orders

The Trump administration’s campaign of hate and mass expulsion targeting immigrants is being met with sustained resistance by the very communities caught in the crosshairs. Anticipating an ongoing escalation of deportations, activists are fighting to expand the sanctuary movement, calling for protection of all communities targeted by the Trump administration.

February 27, 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
Deportations

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
Dreamers, Immigration

Under New Immigration Guidelines, ‘Dreamers’ Are Safe — For Now

President Donald Trump’s administration will leave protections in place for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, known as “dreamers,” but will consider all other illegal immigrants subject to deportation, according to guidance released on Tuesday.

February 21, 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
Border Wall, Immigration

Former ‘Border Czar’ Gives Real Facts About Immigration

Alan Bersin, who spent almost five years as President Clinton’s “border czar,” says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America.

February 14, 2017
Obamacare

Democratic Senators Denounce Plan To Focus Counter-Extremism Program On Islam

Restructuring the program to omit white supremacists and other non-Islamist groups “would severely damage our credibility with foreign allies and partners as an honest broker in the fight against violent extremism, and prove divisive in communities across our country,” Senators Cory Booker, Brian Schatz, and 10 others wrote in a letter addressed to cabinet secretaries.

February 10, 2017
Muslim Ban

What It Feels Like To Be Targeted By Trump’s Muslim Ban

You went through the legal channels, faced all the vetting and then—because of time—fell into a trench. You were reduced to your passport, and since it is hated, you were hated. One U.S. agency confounds another. This is chaos. Trump is not draining the swamp, he is muddying the waters.

February 7, 2017
Trump, Islam

Exclusive: Trump To Focus Counter-Extremism Program Solely On Islam

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” Reuters sources confirmed, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

February 2, 2017
Trump, Refugee Ban

U.S. Suspends Refugee Resettlement Interviews

The decision effectively amounts to a pause in future refugee admissions, given that the interviews are a crucial step in an often years-long process. It means that though Trump has not yet ordered a temporary halt to the refugee program, future admissions are likely to be delayed.

January 27, 2017
Kris Kobach, Muslim Ban, Terrorism

Caught On Camera: Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Agenda Revealed

The plan was revealed when an AP photographer captured an image of Kris Kobach entering a private meeting with Trump on Sunday, carrying a binder and papers.

November 22, 2016

DHS To Revisit For-Profit Immigrant Prisons: Will It Also Revisit Mass Detentions?

The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that, taking a cue from the Department of Justice, it will review its widespread practice of incarcerating immigrants and refugees in for-profit detention centers. As private prisons fall out of favor, human rights groups call for feds to toss out harsh immigrant policies driving incarceration.

August 30, 2016

Endorse This: A Kiss From John Boehner?

Watch Speaker John Boehner really play hard-to-get with the press corps.

February 26, 2015