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Trump's Refugee Ban Could Backfire: 100+ National Security Experts

Nahal Toosi, Politico, Jan. 30, 2017 - "More than 100 former U.S. officials from both parties are urging agency heads to use their own authority to ease some of the restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigrants—and to urge the White House...

SPLC: Atlanta Immigration Court Judges Fail to Uphold Ethical Standards

Mar. 2, 2017 - "Atlanta Immigration Court judges are failing to uphold ethical standards that ensure immigrants receive fair and impartial treatment – failures that warrant an investigation, according to the findings of a project by the Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC and Emory University...

4 DHS Documents re Travel Ban 2.0 (Mar. 6, 2017)

Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on President's Executive Order Signed Today Letter from Sessions & Kelly to POTUS Fact Sheet: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States Q&A: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To...

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Is Denounced by 134 Foreign Policy Experts

Lara Jakes, New York Times, Mar. 11, 2017 - "More than 130 members of America’s foreign policy establishment denounced President Trump’s revised travel ban on Friday as just as damaging to the United States’ interests and reputation as his original order that halted refugees and...

Nearly 300 Law Professors: Trump’s Executive Order on “Sanctuary” Cities Is Unconstitutional

ILRC, Mar. 13, 2017 - "292 constitutional, immigration, administrative, and international law professors and scholars delivered a letter to President Trump demanding that he rescind section 9(a) of Executive Order 13768 due to its likely violations of the spending clause and Tenth Amendment of the...

An Open Letter from 1,470 Economists on Immigration

NAE, April 12, 2017 - "As Congress and the Administration debate our immigration laws, 1,470 economists signed a letter to President Trump and Congressional Leadership affirming that immigration is good for the American economy. Organized by New American Economy and Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American...

NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice to ICE: Stay Out of Courthouses

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Apr. 19, 2017 - "In recent weeks, agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency arrested two individuals who showed up for court appearances in state court. As Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and the administrative head of the state court system...

Will Trump Break Promise to Haitians, Cancel TPS?

Alan Gomez, USA Today, Apr. 20, 2017 - " President Trump's immigration agency is recommending that the U.S. end temporary protections by next January for 50,000 Haitians allowed to remain in the United States following a series of natural disasters that have crippled the poverty-stricken Caribbean...

ABA to DHS: Revise Border Search Rules of Electronic Devices to Protect Client Confidentiality

American Bar Association, May 5, 2017 - Re: Preservation of Attorney-Client Privilege and Client Confidentiality for U.S. Lawyers and Their Clients During Border Searches of Electronic Devices "On behalf of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), which has over 400,000 members, I write...

Stays Shrink for Subjects of Private Bills - ICE Letter to Congress

Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, May 9, 2017 - "Immigration officials told Congress on Friday that they will no longer hold off on deportations for individuals who have special legislation pending that would give them legal status to be in the U.S. “Private bills,” as they are...

USCIS Letter Outlines Proposed H-1B Reforms, Enforcement Efforts

Read the May 24, 2017 McCament letter here .

Law Profs to Trump: Keep DACA, It's Legal

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 14, 2017 - "About 100 immigration law professors signed a letter to President Trump arguing “that the executive branch has legal authority to implement” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, which was established by President...

Tennessee Drops DACA Threat, Urges Legislative Fix

David Weigel, Washington Post, Sept. 1, 2017 - "Tennessee, one of 10 states whose attorneys general had sued to stop the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, pulled out of the lawsuit Friday — a victory for immigration advocates who have been pressuring states to...

Hundreds of Top CEOs Urge Trump to Save DACA

Michael Sheetz, CNBC, Sept. 1, 2017 - "In an open letter, nearly 400 U.S. executives, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon's Jeff Bezos, urged President Donald Trump to retain protections for immigrant "dreamers." The letter, posted Thursday , says the U.S. economy would...

Reps Send Letter to DHS, USCIS Requesting Technical Fixes for DACA Termination

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Sept. 18, 2017 - "Reps. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL] and Mike Coffman [R-CO] sent a letter today to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requesting a series of important technical fixes to the process for winding...

Tech Experts, Rights Advocates Slam Automated 'Extreme Vetting' Visa Proposal - Two Letters

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, Fedscoop, Nov. 17, 2017 - "The use of algorithms for screening immigrants could easily lead to an “inaccurate and biased” process, a group of artificial intelligence and machine learning experts argues. In a letter to acting Secretary of Homeland Security...

3 Former DHS Secretaries Urge Speed on DACA Legislation

Jan. 3, 2018 - "We write to you today as Congress considers legislation to allow certain young immigrants, known as Dreamers, who came to the country as children, to be able to continue to live, work and contribute to our country. We write not only in strong support of this legislation, but to stress...

Tech Lobby Sends Letter to USCIS Supporting Work Authorization for H-4 Visa Holders

Sunita Sohrabji, India-West, Jan. 23, 2018 - "The Information Technology Industry Council, a major lobbying group for the tech industry, led a group of 10 IT organizations which sent a letter Jan. 17 to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director Lee Francis Cissna supporting the continuation...

19 AGs and Colo. Gov. Ask Commerce to Nix Citizenship Question on Census - Letter

Letter dated Feb. 12, 2018 - "We, the undersigned Attorneys General of New York, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington,...

18 GOP Congressmen Aren't Sure About the 13th Amendment

Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast, Mar. 15, 2018 Republicans Say Forced Labor Is Good for Detained Immigrants in Letter Defending Private Prison GEO Group is being sued for paying aliens $1 a day or less while they’re locked up. GOP lawmakers say there’s nothing wrong with that. "Private...

ACLU to Greyhound: You Don't Have to Cooperate With CBP

Letter to Greyhound from ACLU, Mar. 21, 2018 - "We write on behalf of the ACLU affiliates in California, Washington, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida, Maine, Texas, and Arizona regarding Greyhound’s practice of permitting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to routinely...

NY Gov. Cuomo to ICE: Stop!

Letter dated Apr. 25, 2018 from Gov. Cuomo to Acting ICE Dir. Homan - "Recent enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") agents operating in New York State raise significant legal and public safety concerns. The tactics deployed by agents under your leadership have...

ABA President Hilarie Bass Sends Letter to DOJ, DHS Opposing Separation of Families

ABA, June 12, 2018 - "American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass sent a letter today to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expressing the association’s strong opposition to recent actions by the Department of Justice and DHS that...

465 Groups Ask Sessions to Rescind Matter of A-B-

Letter, June 27, 2018 - "Dear Attorney General Sessions, The 465 undersigned faith-based, immigration, civil rights, human rights, worker rights, and anti-violence service and advocacy organizations write to express our profound concern for the lives and safety of immigrant survivors of domestic...

'Child Kidnapping, Plain and Simple...Utter Depravity' - Strong Words for DHS in Resignation Letters

July 18, 2018 - Four members of the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, Richard J. Danzig, Elizabeth Holtzman, David A. Martin and Matthew G. Olsen, tendered their joint resignation letter to Sec. Nielsen on July 16, 2018. David Martin and Elizabeth Holtzman filed additional letters, here and...