Earlier this week, Politico’s Ted Hesson described the effects of a radical and unprecedented interpretation of immigration law at the State Department, and soon-to-be implemented regulation at DHS, that “could reshape the legal immigration system” by depriving U.S. citizens the opportunity to legally live in the United States with foreign-born spouses, children and parents. This… Continue »

The Exact Opposite of What is Needed Now to Ensure Public Safety and Justice   Late on Friday afternoon, before the horror of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, the Trump administration issued a new immigration policy that makes it easier for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport crime victims and their families… Continue »

Far From It On Friday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration entered into what was described by the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security as a “safe country” agreement with Guatemala to “to require people who travel through that country to seek refuge from persecution there instead of in the United States.” As… Continue »

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The Trump administration has announced that, starting tomorrow, it will greatly expand the use of expedited removal, a process by which the Department of Homeland (DHS) may swiftly deport someone they encounter generally without review by a judge and with little due process.  In fiscal year 2018, according to the notice, individuals placed in expedited… Continue »

But there is an Effective, Cost-Efficient, and Humane Solution to Border Challenge  Yesterday, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan testified before the House Oversight Committee that the solution to the border challenge is ending the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA), which prohibits detention of children for more than 20… Continue »

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee held a hearing entitled, “Policy Changes and Processing Delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,” which highlighted a quiet, though insidious, issue brewing at the agency charged with timely processing of immigration requests paid for exclusively by fees charged to users. Like the refugee crisis… Continue »

Administration Announces New Unlawful Regulation to Close Asylum to Most Central Americans and Others Today, the Trump administration announced that it will publish a new regulation going into effect tomorrow that will bar anyone, including children, from applying for asylum on the southern border if they pass through a third country.  For example, starting tomorrow,… Continue »

According to the New York Times, “Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday…The officials said ICE agents were targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported — some as a result of their failure to appear in court…The families being targeted crossed the border… Continue »

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan claimed that horrific detention conditions for children and adults described by the media at an El Paso border station were “unsubstantiated.”  And, last month McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he is hearing only about minor detention condition issues and that “any… Continue »

This is What House Democrats Were Fighting to End in the Border Supplemental Funding Bill This Week At the same time that House Democrats were fighting to keep key provisions in a border funding bill to protect kids from deteriorating detention conditions, detained children, parents, doctors, and lawyers submitted affidavits describing horrific detention conditions in… Continue »