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ICE Triples Arrests of Immigrants Without Criminal Records; Targets “Low Priority” Immigrants, Those on Verge of Getting Green Card

So much for targeting “bad hombres.” A NBC News analysis of ICE data finds that, “Under Trump arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record have tripled”: Federal arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record have more than tripled under President Donald Trump and may still be accelerating, according to an NBC News analysis … Continue reading »

TUES PRESS CALL to Decry Deportations of Mauritanians Facing Slavery, Arrest of Internationally-Acclaimed Abolitionist Biram Dah Abeid

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Tuesday, August 14 12:30pm eastern Dial in: 877-876-9173; Passcode: FREE Columbus, OH —  An article in The Atlantic is shining a spotlight on the Trump Administration’s efforts to ramp up deportations of long-settled U.S. residents from Mauritania, back to a country where they are likely to face arrest, torture, and slavery.  Danae King’s … Continue reading »

The Atlantic Cover Story, “How Trump Radicalized ICE,” Highlights Plight of Mauritanians in Columbus

“I came to America to be free.  This is not freedom.” The new cover story of The Atlantic is a must-read piece by Frank Foer,  “How Trump Radicalized ICE.” Making several trips to Columbus, Foer uses the example of Mauritanians, who fled ethnic cleansing for safety in the United States—and now face deportation under Trump—to … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New York Times: “White House Weighs Another Reduction in Refugees Admitted to U.S.”

White House Advisor Stephen Miller Has Consolidated His Control of the Refugee, Asylum and Immigration Agenda Today, Julie Hirschfeld Davis of the New York Times reports that Stephen Miller is in the driver’s seat, as the White House prepares to sharply reduce the number of refugees resettled in America — to the lowest levels in … Continue reading »

The Scope and Toll of the Trump Administration’s Ongoing Assault on Immigrants, Refugees and Core American Ideals

A collection of recent quotes captures the sweep and implications of Trump and his team taking a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty Along the border and throughout the interior of our country, the Trump administration’s ongoing crackdown against immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and core American ideals is in overdrive. In an effort to capture … Continue reading »

USCIS Methodically Transforming Itself From Immigration Benefit Agency to an ICE Deportation Feeder Operation

Traditionally, USCIS is in charge of granting applications for legal immigration status, while ICE enforces immigration law, including orders related to deportation. These two functions have generally been kept distinct. The idea is that someone with a chance to confirm their legal status should be able to do so generally without fear that a negative … Continue reading »

More Evidence of Trump Administration Focus on Deporting Long-Settled, Hardworking Immigrants

Two new developments underscore how the Trump Administration — using aggressive and unprecedented strategies championed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and ICE chief Thomas Homan — are prioritizing deportations of long-settled and hardworking immigrants. Laura Meckler’s Wall Street Journal story, “Wider Net Cast in Illegal-Immigration Cases,” connects the two pieces of disturbing news: … Continue reading »

WaPo: “The Trump administration’s new plan to punish legal immigrants”

For all the focus on Trump’s assault on undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers, less attention is paid to the administration’s attacks on legal immigrants. The Washington Post editorial board takes to task an administration plan to deny legal admission and green cards to those who use a broadened definition of public benefits: “In the administration’s plan, working-class immigrants would … Continue reading »

Philly Inquirer and ProPublica with Deep Dive on ICE Deportation and Cruelty

A multi-part and deeply-reported joint investigation published by the Philadelphia Inquirer and ProPublica details how the Philadelphia regional office of ICE is arresting, detaining, and deporting a large number of immigrants without criminal records, driving up its deportation numbers by focusing on people who are simply driving to work, smoking a cigarette, or going about their daily … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Continues Full Steam Ahead in Efforts to Reshape America’s Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees

Congress may be essentially done for the year, but the Trump Administration is moving forward aggressively to fundamentally reshape the way America treats immigrants and refugees. Just in the past few weeks alone, we’ve seen the Trump administration: Abandon ICE’s presumed release policy that kept most pregnant women out of immigrant detention facilities; Float a radical … Continue reading »

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