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Nation Outraged As Trump Administration Targets U.S. Citizens

Eugene Robinson on Denial of Passports to Mexican-Americans in South Texas: “vile, unadulterated racism” Kevin Sieff of the Washington Post exposed the latest Trump administration push to criminalize people of color and immigrants, even if they are U.S. citizens. The outrage in response has been nationwide and palpable. Below, we excerpt some of the latest … Continue reading »

Senator Schatz: “They Are Coming After Americans Now”

Washington Post Highlights New Trump Crackdown Targeting U.S. Citizens A disturbing story in the Washington Post story, entitled “U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question,” highlights a new front in the Trump administration’s efforts to “other” people of color and immigrants, even if they are U.S. citizens. As … Continue reading »

Deportations to Mauritania: What You Need to Know

The Trump Administration Is Deporting Refugees Back to Slavery Historical Context In Mauritania, the ruling Arab Moors view Black Mauritanians as property, members of the slave caste.  Black Mauritanians have been arrested for specious reasons; tortured and killed; expelled from the country; forced to work as slaves (even as children); purged from the nation’s census … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »