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Sunday, February 19, 2017
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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
Danziger on sanctuary cities

Danziger: First, They Came For The Immigrants

In Trump’s America, Danziger foresees that moment when the phrasing of Pastor Niemoller will again burn with relevance: First, they came for the immigrants…

February 19, 2017
Dreamers, Trump, Immigration

White House Can End Protection For Dreamers While Shielding Trump

Senior Trump aides are holding fast to their goal of strengthening immigration enforcement, the president’s chief campaign promise. They have examined at least two options that would not directly involve Trump, according to two immigration policy advisers to the White House: a lawsuit brought by states, and new legal guidance that details who is a priority for deportation.

February 17, 2017
A reporter talks to police dressed in tactical gear as they block a downtown street during a march by various groups, including "Black Lives Matter" and "Shut Down Trump and the RNC". REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The Trump Administration Is Giving Cops Unprecedented Power

Two weeks after signing two orders on immigration, President Trump signed three orders on crime and law enforcement, including one that targeted transnational drug cartels. Although immigration and drug enforcement have their own federal agencies, many cops seemed eager to jump into the fray, setting the stage to begin a roll back of the modest gains made in holding police accountable.

February 17, 2017
Democrats

Democrats Look To Exploit Trump’s Troubles

The president’s tumultuous first four weeks in the White House — highlighted by the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn and renewed questions about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russian government — have given Democrats an unexpected lift less than a month into the new White House.

February 17, 2017
Supreme Court

Supreme Court To Set Guidelines For Trump Treatment Of Non-Citizens

The most pertinent of the three cases in terms of Trump administration priorities involves whether immigrants in custody for deportation proceedings have the right to a hearing to request their release when their cases are not promptly adjudicated. The other immigration cases to be decided concern whether U.S. government officials can be sued over mistreatment of non-citizens.

February 17, 2017
Immigrants

Businesses Close As Immigrants Stay Home To Protest Trump

Dozens of restaurants, bars, and other businesses in cities around the U.S. shut their doors on Thursday to show support for “A Day Without Immigrants,” a walkout aimed at protesting President Trump’s policies. The nature of the action made it difficult to ascertain how many immigrants were participating, although there were rallies scheduled later on Thursday in Chicago, Houston, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

February 16, 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
Travel Ban

Challenge To Trump Travel Ban Moves Forward In Two Courts

The most consequential legal challenge to President Trump’s travel ban will proceed on two tracks in the next few days, including a U.S. appeals court vote that could reveal some judges who disagree with their colleagues on the bench and support the arguments behind the new president’s most controversial executive order.

February 14, 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
Miller

White House Official Attacks Court After Legal Setbacks On Immigration

Legal experts said the Trump administration statements could undermine respect for the constitutional division of powers. Cornell University law professor Jens David Ohlin said that accusing the judiciary of usurping the president’s powers demonstrated “an absurd lack of appreciation for the separation of powers.”

February 13, 2017
Immigrant, ICE

Trump’s Tough Stand On Immigrant Detention Comes At A High Cost

While there has been much discussion about the cost of building a wall along the border with Mexico, there has been almost none about the financial impact of Trump’s proposed end to the “catch and release” policy, which would require those here illegally to remain in custody until they appear in court. That program will require Trump to double or even triple the Department of Homeland Security’s $2.2 billion detention budget.

February 13, 2017
Immigrant, ICE raids

Raids Across The U.S. Leave Immigrant Communities On High Alert

Nearly 200 people across Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina were arrested this week during immigration raids, according to a preliminary tally provided by ICE’s Atlanta field office. In the Los Angeles area, more than 150 arrests were made in a weeklong operation, ICE officials said.

February 12, 2017
Refugee Policies

Taking Care Of Refugees Is A Moral Duty

It’s heartening, amid the wasteland of cynicism that our politics has become, to see church leaders going out on a limb, challenging not only Trump but all Christians in our body politic to attend to a central call of their faith — to serve the suffering — even though it involves sacrifice and risk.

February 12, 2017
Anti-Trump Lawyers

Meet The Lawyers Of The Anti-Trump Resistance

The Trump revolution was born out of an explosion of anger at politics as usual, but it may be thwarted by something more banal—the diligent, daily work of attorneys filing briefs, injunctions, suits, and complaints. One thing the lawyers of the anti-Trump resistance have going for them: the president has been sloppy.

February 11, 2017
Jobs

Does Trump Know Where Jobs Really Come From?

Following an election that was, in large part, an expression of Americans’ deep unhappiness with the economy, President Donald Trump’s promise to bring back job growth and a booming stock market appear to be somewhat at odds with the policies he’s putting in place during the first 20 days of his presidency.

February 11, 2017
Trump refugee policies

Donald Trump’s Policies Present Us With A False Choice

It is human nature to want to find quick solutions to the problems that confront us, from poverty and unemployment to prejudice and terror. It follows that we would be tempted to believe those who assure us that simple remedies lie close by. Yet, the tragic reality is that it is precisely this instinct that leads to extremism.

February 10, 2017
Refugee

Religious Groups Appalled By Refugee Ban Cast Trump As An Adversary

People of faith have been on the front lines of refugee resettlement for decades, and they are both furious and disheartened that President Trump has halted the U.S. program. Instead of collecting housewares and making welcome signs, they are now bracing for a fight against a former ally: the U.S. government.

February 9, 2017
Trump, White House

Is Trump Really Running The White House?

Last weekend, Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort and watched the Super Bowl at his West Palm Beach golf course. As he left Florida on Monday, news emerged that he will probably return this weekend for golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Does Trump think being president is a part-time job? And is Trump the one doing the job? There’s no clear answer to either one.

February 9, 2017

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

During Sheriff Summit, Trump Threatens Anyone Who Crosses Him

On Tuesday, President Trump held a White House meeting with sheriffs from around the country, cementing a new feud and baring his authoritarianism for all to see. During the meeting, Trump doubled down on his draconian immigration policy, including his travel ban and U.S.-Mexico policy.

February 8, 2017
Muslim Ban, Appeals Court

Muslim Ban Faces New Trouble In Federal Appeals Court

President Trump’s sweeping executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim countries appears to be in trouble and unlikely to fully survive federal court review. That was the sense after a three-judge federal appeals court panel gave Trump’s lawyers a hard time in the most high-stakes lawsuit challenging the travel ban.

February 8, 2017
Border Wall

Who Will Pay For Trump’s ‘Big, Beautiful’ Wall?

Independent estimates from MIT researchers of initial construction costs run from US$25 billion to $40 billion – a far cry from the $15 billion claimed by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell – plus $500 million to $750 million per year to keep the barrier repaired. One way or another, it is U.S. taxpayers who will pay for Trump’s border wall – not the Mexicans.

February 8, 2017
DACA, Dreamers, Immigration

Stuck In Immigration Limbo, Dreamers Are Losing Patience

Former President Barack Obama used executive action to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which gave a reprieve from deportation to the Dreamers who qualify. But now the fear is that President Donald Trump will rescind that protection with his own order.

February 8, 2017
Trump

While We Are Distracted By Tweets, Trump Is Building A Corporate State

The destructive toll of Donald Trump’s presidency is beginning to emerge, foreshadowing what’s likely to come as the White House and congressional Republicans begin to reverse, repeal, and replace federal laws and regulations. While Trump’s red-state supporters may be cheering now, they’ll soon feel the consequences.

February 7, 2017