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Instead of an Effective, Safe and Humane Solution to the Caravan, Trump Has Created Chaos

A Positive Way Forward Exists, Yet Trump Has Dismantled the Current System Since the beginning of the Trump presidency, Trump and his administration have tried multiple cruel and hard-line approaches to addressing the challenge of Central American migration. The Trump administration has cruelly separated families, is doing everything it can to lock up more migrating … Continue reading »

Federal Judge Strongly Rebukes Another Trump Administration Attempt to Use Executive Power To Change Asylum Law Duly Enacted by Congress

In a forceful ruling issued this week, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to use executive power to change asylum law duly enacted by Congress.  This ruling temporarily enjoins a joint emergency regulation issued earlier this month by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to unlawfully deprive people who do not arrive … Continue reading »

President Uses Executive Power to Change Asylum Law Duly Enacted by Congress

Today, the President issued a proclamation, and his Departments of Justice and Homeland Security issued a joint emergency regulation, that are insidiously designed to unlawfully deprive asylum protection to people who do not arrive at official border checkpoints, which they are entitled to do under the law.  The President is deceptively using the shrinking group … Continue reading »

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 »

As Usual, Trump is Doing Everything to Stoke the Anti-immigrant Fire Instead of Implementing Effective, Safe and Humane Solutions

At a moment that calls for presidential leadership and serious policymaking, Trump’s response to the caravan and the challenge of Central American migration has been irresponsible, cynical and ineffective. As thousands of Hondurans head north in search of security and hope, Trump has reacted with politically motivated tweets, ugly rhetoric, and outright lies. From a … Continue reading »

The Trump Administration’s Shameful Assault On The American Tradition of Protecting People Seeking Refuge

In an unprecedented attack on a long-held American tradition, the Trump administration is engaged in a comprehensive effort to close the door on people seeking refuge from persecution.  For those seeking refugee status from abroad, the administration has resettled the lowest number of refugees in more than 40 years and intends to continue this trend … Continue reading »

Citing Irreparable Harm, Evidence of Racial Animus, Economic Harm, and Pressure From the White House, Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Administration from Ending TPS

Yesterday, a federal court issued a forceful decision to temporarily block the Trump Administration from ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua while the court considers the merits of the case. The judge cited “irreparable harm and great hardship” to beneficiaries and their children if TPS is terminated. In addition, … 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 »

Former Border Patrol Agent Blows the Whistle on Culture of Violence, Cruelty and Impunity

Ur Jaddou: “CBP’s accountability structures are woefully lacking and way behind other large law enforcement agencies” In a new article for The Intercept, John Washington interviews a former Border Patrol agent. Using a pseudonym, “Mario” reveals instances of violence and cruelty towards immigrants, a culture of impunity and corruption, and a “green line” of protecting … 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 »