So much for targeting “bad hombres.” A NBC News analysis of ICE data finds that, “Under Trump arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record have tripled”: Federal arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record have more than tripled under President Donald Trump and may still be accelerating, according to an NBC News analysis… Continue »

White House Advisor Stephen Miller Has Consolidated His Control of the Refugee, Asylum and Immigration Agenda Today, Julie Hirschfeld Davis of the New York Times reports that Stephen Miller is in the driver’s seat, as the White House prepares to sharply reduce the number of refugees resettled in America — to the lowest levels in… Continue »

A collection of recent quotes captures the sweep and implications of Trump and his team taking a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty Along the border and throughout the interior of our country, the Trump administration’s ongoing crackdown against immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and core American ideals is in overdrive. In an effort to capture… Continue »

Traditionally, USCIS is in charge of granting applications for legal immigration status, while ICE enforces immigration law, including orders related to deportation. These two functions have generally been kept distinct. The idea is that someone with a chance to confirm their legal status should be able to do so generally without fear that a negative… Continue »

Two new developments underscore how the Trump Administration — using aggressive and unprecedented strategies championed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and ICE chief Thomas Homan — are prioritizing deportations of long-settled and hardworking immigrants. Laura Meckler’s Wall Street Journal story, “Wider Net Cast in Illegal-Immigration Cases,” connects the two pieces of disturbing news:… Continue »

For all the focus on Trump’s assault on undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers, less attention is paid to the administration’s attacks on legal immigrants. The Washington Post editorial board takes to task an administration plan to deny legal admission and green cards to those who use a broadened definition of public benefits: “In the administration’s plan, working-class immigrants would… Continue »

Congress may be essentially done for the year, but the Trump Administration is moving forward aggressively to fundamentally reshape the way America treats immigrants and refugees. Just in the past few weeks alone, we’ve seen the Trump administration: Abandon ICE’s presumed release policy that kept most pregnant women out of immigrant detention facilities; Float a radical… Continue »

Washington Post: “Gratuitous cruelty by Homeland Security” “What exactly, did a 7-year-old Congolese girl do to the United States to deserve the trauma that has been visited upon her — including forcible separation from her mother — by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her immigration agents? A U.S. asylum officer interviewed Ms. L, as… Continue »

ICE, the Trump Administration’s interior immigration enforcement agency, is out of control, routinely engaging in political retaliation and indiscriminate arrests that are trampling on American values and separating American families. A close observer of the Trump Administration’s immigration extremism, CNN’s Tal Kopan, today writes a piece assessing ICE’s renewed focus on “low hanging fruit” – including many of the… Continue »

According to a new Pew Research report, ICE arrests in FY 2017 were up 30% nationwide over the previous year, marking a three-year high in which the largest percentage increases were in Florida, Dallas, and Oklahoma. According to the report: ICE made a total of 143,470 arrests in fiscal 2017, a 30% rise from fiscal… Continue »