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Immigration 101: What is Asylum?

Originally published April 4, 2018; last updated February 10, 2020 For the last several decades, our asylum laws have helped America remain a beacon for refugees and peoples in need from all over the world. However, the Trump Administration has worked tirelessly to close all options for obtaining asylum in the U.S., leaving refugees mired … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is “Public Charge” and What Changes is the Trump Administration is Proposing?

Originally published October 17, 2018 The Trump Administration is seeking to dramatically limit the ability of working-class immigrants to enter the U.S. and hamper their ability to remain, by making it easier to bar immigrants from the U.S. if they are likely to need help. The proposed “public charge” change could prohibit immigrants from obtaining … Continue reading »

2019 Year Review: Three Years In, Trump’s Assault on Immigrants is Only Intensifying

Originally published as a mid-year review on July 28, 2019; updated on December 18, 2019 From the moment Donald Trump descended the Trump Tower escalator to launch his presidential bid in 2015, his attacks on immigrants have been unrelenting. Throughout 2019, the Trump Administration continued its cruel pattern of kicking out immigrants already here and … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who is Stephen Miller?

Originally published February 15, 2018; last updated November 19, 2019 Stephen Miller is a senior adviser to Donald Trump, as well as a white nationalist who has been responsible for some of Trump’s most anti-immigrant policies — and his greatest failures. Miller has played a central role in the Muslim ban, ending DACA for Dreamers, … Continue reading »

Who is Chad Wolf? 

How did he rise to the top of DHS despite serious questions about the legality of his appointment? What was his role in Trump’s family separation policy? Chad Wolf is now the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), though his elevation to acting secretary is in question by Congress. He is taking … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Why is DACA Going Before the Supreme Court?

Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will review three cases regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, (DACA). The Court will be deciding whether Donald Trump’s 2017 decision to terminate DACA is something that courts can review at all, and furthermore, whether this termination is ultimately legal. The Supreme Court decision can come as early … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is a Sanctuary City?

Originally published April 25, 2017; last updated October 9, 2019 “Sanctuary cities” is actually a misnomer. While many Americans believe that it refers to a city that doesn’t prosecute immigrants, so-called “sanctuary cities” actually refer to something far more specific. There’s no single definition of what is a sanctuary city, but generally speaking, it’s a … Continue reading »

What is Trump’s National Emergency? And Why is it Taking Billions Away from Our States?

Originally published January 8, 2019; last updated September 22, 2019 *** IF YOU OPPOSE TRUMP’S BORDER WALL, CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AT (202) 224-3121 AND TELL THEM NO WALL *** In February, Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to appropriate money for his border wall. This national emergency is now allowing him to … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Who is Mark Morgan, Trump’s Nominee to Head ICE?

On May 5, 2019, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) chief Mark Morgan would be his next nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Trump’s announcement came a few weeks after he abruptly pulled the nomination of ICE’s acting director, Ron Vitiello, saying he wanted to go in a … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: Do Immigrants Pay Taxes?

The basic answer: yes. Immigrants, including those without documentation, pay billions of dollars in taxes to federal, state and local governments every year. Immigrants paid $405.4 billion in taxes in 2017, including an estimated $27.2 billion in taxes paid by undocumented immigrants. Immigrants have always been, and continue to be vital, to the United States … Continue reading »