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Immigration in the Courts

Sotomayor’s Blistering Dissent Condemns SCOTUS’ Role as Trump Defenders

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 reading »

Supreme Court Blesses Administration’s Systemic Ban on Working Class Immigrants

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 reading »

After ICE Director Announces Plans to Deport DACA Recipients “When” SCOTUS Rules Their Way, How Can Chief Justice Roberts Still Believe Trump Administration Won’t? 

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 reading »

Leading Observers Praise Federal Judge’s Injunction Blocking Refugee Executive Order and Blast Texas Gov. Abbott

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 reading »

Three Court Actions Show the Judiciary’s Limits as a Check on Trump’s Worst Instincts

“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 reading »

Chief Justice Roberts, You were wrong. Trump Does Want to Deport DACA recipients

“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 reading »

ICYMI: “Can the Supreme Court Save Itself?”

“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 reading »

Trump Administration Finally Comes Clean on Its Strategy to End DACA: “We Own This”

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 reading »

PHOTOS: DACA Goes Before the Supreme Court

DACA went before the Supreme Court today, in a consolidated case that will determine the future of more than 700,000 Dreamers. Dreamers and advocates showed up in force in front of the Supreme Court, despite the rainy and cold day, and supporters of all stripes joined them. Members of Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and California … Continue reading »

We Won’t Know the SCOTUS Decision on DACA For Months. But Here are Some Things We Know Now for Sure.

As legal observers and Supreme Court watchers parse today’s proceedings, let’s remember that we won’t know the outcome of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case until next spring. But separate from reading tea leaves, we do know some things for certain right now:  1. For Dreamers with DACA, “home is here” – and … Continue reading »