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Low-Priority Immigrants Still Swept Up in Net of Deportation

Julia Preston, New York Times, June 25, 2016 - "Deportations continue, thousands every week. In November 2014 when Mr. Obama first announced the protection programs, he also set new priorities for enforcement. Since then, immigration authorities say, their focus is on removing convicted criminals...

Deportation Without Representation: The Access-to-Justice Crisis Facing New Jersey's Immigrant Families

Lori A. Nessel & Farrin R. Anello, June 1, 2016 - "New Jersey presents unique immigration circumstances. The American Immigration Council reports that 21% of New Jersey’s residents are immigrants, whereas immigrants comprise only 12.9% of the entire U.S. population. Approximately half...

Report: The Economic Impacts of Deporting Unauthorized Immigrants

Ryan Edwards and Francesc Ortega, September 21, 2016 - "The main findings of this report are as follows: A policy of mass deportation would immediately reduce the nation’s GDP by 1.4 percent, and ultimately by 2.6 percent, and reduce cumulative GDP over 10 years by $4.7 trillion. Because...

Feds Resume Fast-Track Deportations for Haitians

Kirk Semple, New York Times, Sept. 22, 2016 - "The Obama administration, responding to an extraordinary wave of Haitian migrants seeking to enter the United States, said on Thursday that it would fully resume deportations of undocumented Haitian immigrants. ... With the full resumption of deportations...

Who is ICE Deporting?

The Marshall Project, Sept. 26, 2016 - "In November 2014, President Barack Obama said that immigration officials would make it a priority to deport immigrants who had committed serious crimes. “We’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security,”...

'Docket Chaos' Roils Immigration Courts

Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, Oct. 7, 2016 - "The Obama administration is delaying deportation proceedings for recent immigrants in cities across the United States, allowing more than 56,000 of those who fled Central America since 2014 to remain in the country legally for several more years...

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...

Expert: Trump Deportation Push Would Be Expensive

Mica Rosenberg and Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Dec. 5, 2016 - "Two core pieces of Trump's plan, for example, involve removing more criminal immigrants who are in the country illegally and ending "catch and release" of those who cross the border illegally and are awaiting court...

Immigrants Use Asylum Applications to Delay Possible Deportation

MIriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 17, 2016 - "Since the election of Donald Trump to the White House, immigrants have been rushing to apply for asylum—with cases many are unlikely to win—in order to remain in the country legally for a time. The controversial tactic temporarily...

$10M Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants Proposed by Los Angeles

Dakota Smith, Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 20, 2016 - "Los Angeles city and county leaders on Monday unveiled a $10-million fund to provide legal assistance for residents facing deportation, the region’s boldest move yet as it prepares for an expected crackdown on illegal immigration...

Trump’s Immigration Order Expands the Definition of ‘Criminal’

Jennifer Medina, New York TImes, Jan. 26, 2017 - "After President Trump signed two sweeping executive orders on immigration on Wednesday, most of the attention was on his plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico and to hold back money from “sanctuary cities.” But the most immediate...

Drilling Down on Obama's Deportation Record - MPI

Jan. 26, 2017 - Nuance is not fashionable these days, but for those of you who are retro enough to rely on facts and data, Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Jessica Bolter at MPI have put together this piece on The Obama Record on Deportations .

ICE Immigration Raids: A Primer (TRAC)

TRAC, Feb. 14, 2017 - There are widespread reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fugitive operations teams conducted immigration roundups in a number of communities across the country last week. This report breaks down the numbers on ICE apprehensions in recent...

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman on ICE Raids and the "Non-Priorities Priorities"

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Feb. 14, 2017 - "Over the weekend hundreds of immigrants were arrested. Despite statements by some in the administration that the arrests were “routine,” they appear to be an implementation of the Executive Order on interior enforcement signed by the President...

DHS Chief Kelly: No Mass Deportations

Politico, Feb. 23, 2017 - "Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly promised Mexican officials Thursday that there will be “no mass deportations” under the Trump administration, as Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attempt to repair the strained relationship between...

Expert: Trump's Immigration Sweeps Target 'Low-Hanging Fruit'

Vivian Yee, New York Times, Mar. 4, 2017 - "People who have been ordered deported and who are still here are the low-hanging fruit,” said Stephen Yale­-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University . “Trump has said he has wanted to deport more people. The easiest way...

Will DHS Policy Deepen Rift With Mexico?

Melvin Félix, Univision, Mar. 9, 2017 - "The Trump administration intends to press forward with its plan to send immigrants of any nationality back to Mexico after they're caught illegally crossing the southern U.S. border, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed...

Maricopa County, once a deportation powerhouse, reverses course over Dallas County lawsuit

Naomi Martin, Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 20, 2017 - "A lawsuit filed by immigrants against Dallas County has prompted an about-face in Maricopa County, once known as a deportation powerhouse under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio's successor, Paul Penzone, a newly elected Democrat...

ICE Violates Due Process, Deports Roberto Beristain in Dead of Night

Legal team, Apr. 5, 2017 - "Roberto Beristain received a lot of attention when he was arrested by ICE officials on February 6, 2017. He had been issued an illegal order of deportation because then Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) did not disclose a crucial fact to the immigration judge...

They met with immigration officers to apply for legal residency — only to be arrested by ICE

Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, Apr. 7, 2017 - "Leandro Arriaga has been in the United States illegally since 2001. He stayed despite a deportation order and over the past 16 years has made a living fixing and remodeling homes. He also started a family. But the father of four had grown tired...

NY State Becomes First in the Nation to Provide Lawyers for All Immigrants Detained and Facing Deportation

Vera Institute of Justice, Apr. 7, 2017 - "The Vera Institute of Justice and partner organizations today announced that detained New Yorkers in all upstate immigration courts will now be eligible to receive legal counsel during deportation proceedings. The 2018 New York State budget included a grant...

Like Obama, Trump Stymied in Deportation Efforts

Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, Apr. 8, 2017 - "Yintang Cao, a Chinese national who served time for hawking counterfeit designer purses, was freed from immigration detention March 31 after the United States failed to win permission from China to deport him. Emil Al Seryani, a Jordanian citizen...

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez Announces New Policy Regarding Handling of Cases against Non-Citizen Defendants

BrooklynDA.org, Apr. 24, 2017 - " Will Aim to Prevent Collateral Consequences of Convictions by Being Aware of Immigration Status of Defendants and Offering Appropriate Pleas; Two Newly-Hired Immigration Attorneys will Train Staff and Advise on Offers Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez...

Too Scared to Report Sexual Abuse. The Fear: Deportation.

Jennifer Medina, New York Times, Apr. 30, 2017 - "Domestic violence has always been a notoriously difficult crime to prosecute. It often takes victims years to seek help, and they frequently have to be persuaded to testify against their assailants. And for many undocumented victims, taking that...

Trump: The New Deportation Threat

Julia Preston, The New York Review of Books, May 25, 2017 - "Trump’s demonization of immigrants is driving a widening crackdown. ICE is moving much faster and more aggressively than it did during the Obama years. Agents who chafed under Obama now feel unchained. In California, ICE actions...