In a forceful ruling issued this week, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to use executive power to change asylum law duly enacted by Congress.  This ruling temporarily enjoins a joint emergency regulation issued earlier this month by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to unlawfully deprive people who do not arrive… Continue »

anti-immigrant militias detain immigrants

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today veterans and national security experts gathered on a press call to call on the Trump administration to bring our troops home from their deployment at the border. Below are quotes from today’s speakers Retired Major General, Peter S. Cooke: I don’t think that it should… Continue »

The New York Times’ editorial board is out with a new piece slamming Trump’s asylum ban and self-made immigration crisis. In it, the board points out that Trump “creates nonexistent threats, generates manufactured fears and prepares exaggerated responses, all leading to a erosion of the rule of law, to feed more fears.” The editorial is… Continue »

Today, the President issued a proclamation, and his Departments of Justice and Homeland Security issued a joint emergency regulation, that are insidiously designed to unlawfully deprive asylum protection to people who do not arrive at official border checkpoints, which they are entitled to do under the law.  The President is deceptively using the shrinking group… Continue »

The following are statements by DHS Watch in response to the Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s proposed regulation together with an impending Presidential proclamation that will create unprecedented and legally suspect bars to asylum. Ur Jaddou, Director of DHS Watch, and former USCIS Chief Counsel, said: With this regulation and the expected Presidential proclamation,… Continue »

In an unprecedented attack on a long-held American tradition, the Trump administration is engaged in a comprehensive effort to close the door on people seeking refuge from persecution.  For those seeking refugee status from abroad, the administration has resettled the lowest number of refugees in more than 40 years and intends to continue this trend… Continue »

Using a uniquely broad authority – certification – to unilaterally reconsider cases already reviewed by non-politically appointed judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Attorney General Sessions issued a decision yesterday that once again limits the independence of immigration judges by narrowing the circumstances under which they may terminate certain cases before them. He… Continue »

“US shouldn’t become new persecutor of refugees” The Columbus Dispatch is out with a new editorial, “US shouldn’t become new persecutor of refugees,” decrying the U.S. government’s insistence on deporting Black Mauritanians to a country that is likely to arrest and enslave them. The issue was recently raised in a powerful cover story in The… Continue »

Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

A recording of the call is available here. Cleveland, OH – The Trump Administration’s manufactured “family separation” crisis at our nation’s southern border has captured headlines and outraged Americans in Ohio and nationwide.   On the same day that the government released updated numbers showing that its policies have not had the “deterrence effect” it… Continue »

In an article for the New York Times, Caitlin Dickerson describes the real consequences of the Trump administration’s recent decision to strong-arm judges and adjudicators tasked with deciding the fate of thousands of asylum seekers. The intended result: deny virtually all asylum claims by women fleeing horrific abuse, kids and others running from ruthless gangs,… Continue »