A recording of the call is available here Earlier today on a press call, a panel of experts were joined by DACA recipients to talk about the integral role that immigrants and their families are playing to safeguard America’s health and combat the COVID-19 pandemic at hand. As the Trump administration continues to rely on… Continue »

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Immigrant youth and their legal representatives are calling on the Supreme Court to consider the devastating consequences of ending DACA in light of the current COVID-19 crisis. In a letter sent to the Court today, lawyers argue terminating the protections would further undermine public health and the economy when the country can least afford it.… Continue »

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Friday, Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a blistering dissent spurred by the court’s 5-4 ruling in favor of Trump’s “public charge” policy — a blatantly racist and classist attempt at reducing legal immigration into the United States. Justice Sotomayor used her dissent to condemn the Supreme Court for acting like the Trump administration’s… Continue »

Supreme Court DAPA

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States of America issued a decision lifting the injunction issued by multiple judges on the Trump administration’s “public charge” policy to restrict permanent legal status for immigrants who have used public benefits or those who in the determination of the Trump Administration may someday use public benefits, including… Continue »

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UWD Video Shows Acting ICE Director Albence Confirms Plans to Target DACA Recipients Last week, United We Dream (UWD) unearthed video of Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence confirming plans that DACA recipients would be targets for deportation if the Supreme Court sides with the Trump administration and ends the DACA program. Albence stated that when… Continue »

The news that U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte has issued a preliminary injunction blocking President Trump’s executive order that allowed states and localities to reject refugee resettlement is a welcome development – a view shared by a host of leading refugee resettlement organizations and allies. In a joint statement, HIAS, International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP),… Continue »

“The only reliable backstop to prevent Trump from completely rewriting immigration policies, the Constitution and our system of checks and balances is to vote him out of office.” Three recent court rulings and actions show the limits of relying on the courts to serve as a backstop to mitigate the worst of President Trump’s policies… Continue »

“Roberts either has not been paying attention, or is choosing not to see what’s before his eyes” Over the weekend, CNN reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is gearing up to target DACA recipients for deportation: ICE has begun asking immigration courts to reopen administratively closed deportation cases against DACA recipients who continue to… Continue »

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“We’re about to find out.” In a poignant opinion piece for the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse lays out how in trying to dismantle DACA, the Trump administration circumvented key principles of administrative law. Greenhouse argues that, under the ordinary circumstances of adhering to said laws, the administration should have to provide a “more substantial… Continue »

The Republican Policy is Clear: Deport Them All After two years of working to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program without taking responsibility for doing so, yesterday’s Supreme Court oral argument revealed an important truth. Instead of hiding behind the fig leaf that “the law made us do it,” Trump administration Solicitor… Continue »