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Trump Administration Finalizes Regulation to Indefinitely Detain More Immigrant Children With Less Accountability

On the heels of multiple reports of horrific conditions in DHS detention and just after an appellate court’s ruling against the federal government who vigorously argued that edible food, clean water, and basic hygiene items are not required for safe and sanitary detention conditions, the Trump administration announced the finalization of a regulation proposed last … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Finalizes Regulation That Imposes Major New Financial, Health, Age Hurdles On Legal Immigration

More Than Half of Current Immigrants Could be Affected Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that it would publish a final regulation that, according to the Migration Policy Institute, “gives the administration enormous discretion to deny admission to intending immigrants with incomes or financial assets below 250 percent of the poverty line (about $62,000 for a … Continue reading »

More Than Just Rhetoric: Trump Administration’s Radical “Public Charge” Policy Shuts the Door on Hard Working Immigrant Families

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 reading »

New Trump Administration Policy Makes it Easier to Deport Victims of, and Witnesses to, Crimes

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 reading »

“Safe” Third Country Agreement with Guatemala?

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 reading »

A Tale of Two Asylum Decisions

One Blocking an Unprecedented Trump Asylum Rule in a Transparent 45-Page Written Opinion and the Other, a new Trump-appointed Judge, Ruling in Favor of the Administration With No Written Opinion Yesterday, two courts reached the opposite decision on whether to temporarily block the latest Trump administration attack on asylum law by regulation. The  regulation in … Continue reading »

“Trump Administration Bypassing Due Process and Subjecting the Entire Country to Potential Arrest, Detention, and Expedited Removal”

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 reading »

Despite Horrific Detention Conditions, DHS Acting Secretary Decides to Double Down, Seeking More & Longer Detention of Children With Weaker Standards of Care

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 reading »

Trump Administration Policies Creating and Exacerbating USCIS Backlog and Processing Delays

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 reading »

Trump Administration’s Latest Illegal Attack on Asylum

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 reading »