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Immigration Raids Target Disabled Refugees

Yale Law School Immigration Clinic, Jan. 5, 2015 - "By letter delivered this morning, more than 150 organizations served notice on federal officials that many of the Central American refugees targeted in recent immigration raids are disabled, as that term is defined under the Rehabilitation Act...

Dems Blast Obama, DHS for Deportation Raids: Letter

Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2016 - "The escalating tensions between Democrats and the Obama administration over its deportation raids targeting Central American immigrants burst into public view on Tuesday, with more than 140 House members blasting the round ups and the White House dispatching a top...

Senators Call for Halt to Raids

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Jan. 22, 2016 - "U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and twenty of their Senate colleagues to send a letter to President Obama calling for an immediate halt to the Department of Homeland Security’s recent targeted arrests...

USCCR Calls for Halt to Raids

USCCR, Jan. 22, 2016 - "By majority vote the Commissioners of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (“Commission”), have issued a letter that requests the immediate end of the raids currently being carried out by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and Immigration...

270+ Organizations Ask White House for TPS for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

NIJC, Jan. 25, 2016 - "More than 270 organizations sent a letter to President Obama this morning asking his administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a form of temporary immigration relief, to undocumented immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in light of pervasive...

150+ Groups Oppose 'Operation Border Guardian' - Letter to White House, DHS

Letter to White House, DHS, Mar. 30, 2016 - "We, the undersigned organizations that serve and advocate for the protection of children and youth, trafficking victims, refugees, and asylum seekers from around the world, write to express deep concern regarding continued raids upon Central American...

Justice Department Gave Supreme Court Incorrect Data in Immigration Case

Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 30, 2016 - "The Justice Department said it provided the Supreme Court with erroneous information that helped it win a 2003 case upholding a blanket policy of denying bail to thousands of immigrants imprisoned while appealing deportation orders. The department...

Sen. Boxer Calls on USCIS, DOL to Investigate Trump Model Management re Visas

Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sept. 7, 2016 - "U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today sent a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director León Rodriguez in response to a recent Mother Jones article alleging widespread noncompliance with immigration and labor laws by Trump Model Management...

California Democratic Congressional Delegation Urges Approval of State Waiver to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Buy Into Obamacare

California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), Sept. 14, 2016 - "The California Congressional Delegation released a letter today calling on the Obama Administration to approve a waiver that would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase unsubsidized health insurance through Covered California...

Senators' Letter Blasts Private Immigration Prisons

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sept. 26, 2016 - " Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), with other leading senators, pressed the Obama administration Monday on the use of private prisons and contract facilities by the Department of Homeland Security. The letter comes amid an internal review at DHS regarding...

Bipartisan Letter to POTUS on Haitian Deportations

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, Oct. 7, 2016 - "More than 50 Democratic and Republican House lawmakers from 20 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have joined Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on a letter to President Obama urging his administration to reconsider a decision...

Senators Call for TPS for Haiti

Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Oct. 13, 2016 - "Following the devastation and humanitarian disaster suffered by Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew, Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) lead a group of 12 Democratic senators in asking the Obama administration to grant Temporary...

Former BIA Members and IJs Blast Refugee Detention Regime

In a 4-page letter dated October 31, 2016 to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, twelve former BIA members and Immigration Judges made the case for due process for asylum applicants, and criticized the current detention regime.

University Presidents Call for Continuation, Expansion of DACA

Elizabeth Redden, Nov. 21, 2016 - "More than 90 college and university presidents have signed a statement calling for the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children...

Groups Call for Rescission of NSEERS

ADC, Nov. 22, 2016 - "The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) submitted a letter co-signed by nearly 200 organizations to President Barack Obama, calling on his administration to rescind the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS)....

AILA Calls for Rescission of NSEERS - Letter to White House

AILA, Nov. 23, 2016 - "On April 27, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security announced the elimination of the list of countries whose nationals are subject to registration under NSEERS, thus effectively ending the NSEERS registration process. While this was a welcome step, it did not go far enough...

Mayors Urge Trump to Continue DACA

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Dec. 7, 2016 - "Mayor Rahm Emanuel and mayors from across the country today sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program until Congress modernizes the immigration system and provides a more...

House Members Call on White House to End NSEERS

House letter, Dec. 1, 2016 - "We urge you to rescind the regulatory framework behind the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) located at 8 CFR 264.1(f). While we commend your Administration for effectively ending the program in 2011, we believe that eliminating the apparatus...

DHS Sec. Johnson to Congress: DACA Info Should Not Be Used for Enforcement (with exceptions) - Letter

DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson, Dec. 30, 2016 - "Dear Representative Chu: On behalf of the Administration, I write in response to the letter you and 110 other members of Congress sent the President on December 5. In your letter, you ask us "to do everything within [ our] power to safeguard the personal...

MLK: No 'Outsiders' in America

"Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963, letter from Birmingham jail .

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...