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The Trump Administration’s Unprecedented and Brazen Assault on Asylum Law

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 reading »

Immigration 101: What is “Public Charge” and What Changes is the Trump Administration is Proposing?

The Trump Administration is seeking to dramatically limit the ability of working-class immigrants to enter the U.S. and hamper their ability to remain, by making it easier to bar immigrants from the U.S. if they are likely to need help. The proposed “public charge” change could prohibit immigrants from obtaining permanent residency or from entering … Continue reading »

As Trump Administration Conflates Immigration and National Security, Experts Warn of Counterproductive Approach

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today, leading immigration, border security and national security experts gathered on a press call sponsored by America’s Voice and National Security Action to discuss the Trump administration’s conflation of immigration and national security issues.   The Trump administration continues to point to a DHS report linking … Continue reading »

BuzzFeed: “An ICE Memo Lays Out The Differences Between Trump And Obama On Immigration Enforcement”

In a new piece for Buzzfeed, Hamed Aleaziz spotlights an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memo that unmasks the administration’s cruel and deliberate push to deport as many immigrants as possible. The memo not only encourages attorneys to ignore requests for leniency, but also to reopen any closed cases in order to deport those who … Continue reading »

WaPo’s Greg Sargent: “Trump just panned ‘globalism.’ But his immigration and trade ideas are deeply unpopular.”

In a piece written following Trump’s inauspicious speech at the UN General Assembly, Greg Sargent analyzes Trump’s xenophobic nationalism and concludes it is producing terrible policy outcomes and widespread public disapproval. The piece is excerpted below and available in full here. President Trump gave a speech today at the United Nations in which he flatly … Continue reading »

American Psychological Association Report: Consequences of Deportation Are Severe, Sometimes Fatal

The consequences of deportation are often severe, sometimes fatal, extend beyond the person deported, and often affects U.S. citizens, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association. They range from physical to economic to psychological. And unfortunately, the Trump Administration has been stepping up deportations as much as possible. The Administration has separated … Continue reading »

Despite Tough Talk on Criminals, ICE is Rapidly Increasing Arrests and Deportations of Non-Criminals While Arrests and Deportations of Criminals Remain Relatively Stagnant and May Be Decreasing

Despite tough talk on criminals, ICE under the Trump administration has ramped up arrests and deportations of non-criminals, but barely increased the arrest and deportation of criminals.  Comparing ICE arrest data from October 2016 through June 2017 and the same period one year later (October 2017 through June 2018) the Associated Press (AP) found that … Continue reading »

A New Low, Even By Trump Standards: Using Detained Children as Bait to Arrest Immigrants Coming Forward to Care for Kids Separated from Families

CNN’s Tal Kopan spotlights another disturbing example of the Trump Administration’s cruelty — in the name of the American people In a piece filed late yesterday, CNN’s Tal Kopan draws attention to the latest horrifying tactic employed by ICE under the Trump administration — using detained children as bait in order to arrest family members … Continue reading »

Sessions Again Limits Independence of Immigration Judges and Signals His Intent to Increase Detention of Asylum Seekers

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 reading »

Trump Administration Took Money From FEMA to Pay for More Immigration Detention, But ALSO From Nuclear Detection, Biological and Chemical Attack Preparedness, Aviation Security, & Other National Security Priorities

A document sent to Congress from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows that in an effort to fund even more immigration detention beds and deportations, DHS took $200 million away from key national security programs, among others.  They also took $7.2 million away from E-verify. The following are some key national security programs that … Continue reading »