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Senate Foreign Relations Report Shows Trump Administration Injected “2020 election” Considerations into TPS Decisions

Is it a Hatch Act Violation?   Yesterday, Senator Menendez, as the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), released a minority committee staff report outlining a highly irregular, improper, and illegal process used by the Trump administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 400,000 people from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras. … Continue reading »

Acting USCIS Director Cuccinelli Refuses to Commit to Protecting Sick Children From Threat of Deportation

On Wednesday, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli testified before Congress about his decision to end deferred action for critically ill children and their families. He admitted it was his decision to end this USCIS policy, reiterated that it was the current Acting Secretary’s decision to reinstate it, and refused to commit to keeping the policy … Continue reading »

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tells Congress: Trump Immigration Policies “Harm Military Recruiting,” “Hurt Military Readiness,” and “Represent Broken Promises to Those Who Put Their Lives on the Line”

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a hearing on the impact of current immigration policies on service members and veterans, and their families. One witness, Margaret Stock, a retired Lieutenant Colonel and immigration attorney said, “The last three years have witnessed the administration using internal memos to undermine long-standing laws … Continue reading »

Patriotic Immigrants Who Have Served America: Veterans and Active Duty Service Members, and Their Families, Face Increasing Immigration and Naturalization Obstacles Under Trump Administration

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary’s Immigration Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine increasing immigration and naturalization obstacles faced by veterans, active duty service members, and their families under the Trump Administration. Just a few years ago, choosing to serve the nation through military service was often an important factor in expediting naturalization, preventing deportation, facilitating … Continue reading »

Another Unprecedented Use of Presidential Power to Get Around Congress on Immigration

Trump Bars Immigrants Without Health Insurance Using Same Authority Used in Travel Ban Late on Friday night, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation that bars family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and employees of U.S. companies from coming to the United States with a green card unless they obtain health insurance within … Continue reading »

Congressional Hearings Show 50% Growth in ICE Detention Under Trump Despite Dysfunctional and Incompetent Inspections System that Fails to Keep People Safe

Two Congressional hearings yesterday highlighted the massive growth in ICE detention despite a dysfunctional and incompetent inspections system that fails to keep people safe. Heidi Altman of the National Immigrant Justice Center told members of the House Immigration Subcommittee that ICE has detained almost 500,000 people in fiscal year 2019 with over 50,000 people in … Continue reading »

ICYMI: The Guardian and The Marshall Project Explainer on “How the US Built the World’s Largest Immigration Detention System”

House Immigration Subcommittee and House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management and Accountability each hold hearings this week The Guardian and The Marshall Project jointly produced a series of videos with former immigration officials, legal advocates, and victims of Trump’s family separation policy that provides a thorough explanation of how our country went from detaining … Continue reading »

Reversing Decades of Policy, Trump Administration Clamps Down on Cubans Seeking Safe Haven and Citizenship in the U.S.

Increasing Deportations, Thousands of Cuban Asylum Seekers Sent Back to Danger in Mexico, Naturalization and “Green Card” Denials, Bureaucratic Hurdles to Obtain Status, Pressuring Other Nations to Block Cuban Asylum Seekers Despite tough talk about the Cuban regime and the harm it continues to inflict on its own citizens, President Trump and his administration have … Continue reading »

Has the U.S. Supreme Court Become the Trump Court on Immigration?

Dissenting Justices to Yesterday’s Asylum Decision Suggest that this Supreme Court is Becoming Another Political Arm of the President Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted a “extraordinary” request by the Trump administration to allow the administration to implement a regulation that Justice Sotomayor describes as, “forbid[ding] almost all Central Americans—even unaccompanied children—to apply for asylum in … Continue reading »

“Every heartbeat hurts” “I can’t feel my heart”

Children Describing Emotional Pain of Trump Family Separation Policy, Documented by the HHS Inspector General   Yesterday, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two reports on the treatment of immigrant children in federal custody in 2018. One report described severe challenges in addressing the … Continue reading »