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Americans Paying A High Cost In Civil Liberties Due to Trump’s Extreme Approach on Immigration

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that DHS is using cell phone activity data — from American citizens as well as immigrants — for the purpose of immigration enforcement. According to the report, “The location data is drawn from ordinary cellphone apps, including those for games, weather and e-commerce, for which the user has … Continue reading »

The Latest Trump Target: Millions of Women Seeking a Travel Visa to the U.S.

The Trump Administration’s Travel Ban Against Women of Child-bearing Age Without any new action by Congress, the Trump administration posted a new regulation, effective tomorrow, that bans women of child-bearing age from being issued a visitor visa simply because they could be pregnant. The bottom line: a vast group of women visitors to the U.S. … Continue reading »

Report Reveals Forcing Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico is a Humanitarian Catastrophe Created by the Trump Administration

A recording of the call is available here. To read the report, click here Earlier today, refugee protection experts from Human Rights First (HRF), joined a call moderated by Ur Jaddou, Director of America’s Voice’s DHS Watch project and former Chief Counsel of USCIS, to discuss Human Rights First’s new report entitled, “Human Rights Fiasco: … Continue reading »

Two Reports – by Human Rights First and by a DHS “Red Team” – Show the Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico is Fundamentally Flawed

Today, Human Rights First (HRF) issued a report entitled, “Human Rights Fiasco:  The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Asylum Returns Continue,” that compiles “overwhelming evidence that this illegal policy [Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy] is a human rights catastrophe.” Yet, almost a year into this problematic program, the Trump administration “continue[s] to implement, defend, and expand … Continue reading »

Internal DHS Report Confirms Multiple Human Rights Violations Under the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy

The House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations has announced that it will hold a hearing on Tuesday, November 19, to examine the “human rights and legal implications of the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.” For months, human rights advocates and media reports have been documenting and calling out … 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 »

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 »

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 »