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Can Sessions Force 'Sanctuary' States, Cities to Kowtow?

On Monday, March 27, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold - and even "claw back" - federal grants to so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions. Legal experts dispute Sessions' authority to do that. Two recent documents from the Congressional Research...

Kris Kobach Ordered to Turn Over Trump Immigration Briefing Document

Politico, Apr. 5, 2017 - "A federal magistrate has ordered one of President Donald Trump's key campaign advisers on immigration to turn over a document he used to brief the president-elect during the transition. Magistrate Judge James O'Hara issued an order Wednesday requiring Kansas Secretary...

New York to Spend $10M on Immigration Legal Services

New York Daily News, Apr. 5, 2017 - "Looking to fight back against President Trump’s immigration policies, the state is set to dedicate $10 million in its emerging new budget for immigrant legal services, the Daily News has learned. The commitment, to be announced by Gov. Cuomo and the eight...

USC Gould Student, Faculty, and Staff Immigrant Legal Advice Project

USC Gould School of Law - " What the Project Does : The Legal Advice Project provides free, confidential legal consultations and referrals to USC students, faculty, and staff who may be at risk of deportation, who are seeking to naturalize, or who have questions regarding their legal status and...

Sessions Issues Criminal Immigration Enforcement Memo to Federal Prosecutors

April 11, 2017, MEMORANDUM FOR ALL FEDERAL PROSECUTORS, Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement

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...

These Swimmers Are Challenging Trump’s Immigration Platform

Adam Skolnick, Outside, Apr. 20, 2017 - "When New Zealander Kim Chambers accepted a casual invitation to the Dolphin Club, a group of swimmers and boaters in San Francisco , in 2009, she was still rehabbing from a devastating fall down a staircase that almost cost her right leg . She wasn’t...

Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Florida Roadside Assistance Services Company

DOJ, Apr. 6, 2017 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Brickell Financial Services Motor Club, Inc., d/b/a Road America Motor Club, Inc. (Road America), headquartered in Miami, Florida. The settlement resolves the department’s investigation into whether the company violated...

Live MPI Event Today - The First 100 Days: Immigration Policy in the Trump Administration (1:00 to 2:30 P.M. ET)

The First 100 Days: Immigration Policy in the Trump Administration Monday, April 24, 2017 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. ET Migration Policy Institute 1400 16th Street NW Suite 300 (Third Floor) Washington, DC 20036 Speakers: Julie Myers Wood , Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security...

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...

Under Trump: Civil Lawsuits Up To Redress Immigration Action and Inaction

TRAC, Apr. 24, 2017 - "The latest available data from the federal courts show that, as of the end of March 2017, there have been 763 new civil immigration lawsuits filed in disputes involving immigration matters since January 20, 2017 when President Trump assumed office. Almost all of these lawsuits...

Interview with Margaret Stock on DOD/USCIS Shutdown of MAVNI

Texas Standard, May 2, 2017 - "[T]he New York Times is reporting the process of granting citizenship to immigrant soldiers is suffering serious delays. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and a lawyer representing some people suing the government for not fulfilling...

Sold for Parts

Michael Grabell, ProPublica, May 1, 2017 - "One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them."

From the Bookshelf: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas

" Law Professor and Accidental Historian is a timely and important reader addressing many of the most hotly debated domestic policy issues of our times—immigration policy, education law, and diversity. Specifically, this book examines the works of one of the country's leading scholars—Professor...

Thousands of Immigrant Parents Detained - HRW Report

Human Rights Watch, May 15, 2017 - "New data analysis reveals that more than 10,000 parents of US citizen children are most likely detained every year in California by immigration authorities, Human Rights Watch said today. In light of new Trump administration policies likely to boost detention...

Supreme Court Immigration Watch: The 2016 Term - Look Out for Six Decisions

Kevin Johnson, May 15, 2017 - "There are a number of immigration cases currently before the Supreme Court (and here ). We should get decisions by the end of the Term in June and will should get a better idea of how the newest Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, looks at immigration law . The...

Richer, Stronger, Safer and Freer: More Immigrants, Please!

Daniel M. Kowalski, May 15, 2017 - "We all want to be richer, stronger, safer, and freer. Who wouldn’t? And we can be. The answer is not a pill, a diet, a religion or a political party or candidate, and it doesn’t cost a dime. The solution is immigrants. More immigrants...

The cruel but usual conditions inside two Georgia immigration detention centers

AZADEH SHAHSHAHANI AND SHOBA SIVAPRASAD WADHIA, May 18, 2017 - "Just published: Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers . The report focuses on the conditions of two detention centers in the state of Georgia: The Stewart Detention Center and the Irwin County Detention...

Chicago Launches Ad Campaign to Counter Trump's Immigration Efforts

Reuters, May 22, 2017 - "Chicago is starting an advertising campaign to reassure immigrants that they are welcome in the third-largest U.S. city, in a show of defiance to a crackdown by President Donald Trump on people who have entered the country illegally. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Monday...

4th Circuit’s Opinion on International Refugee Assistance Project v. Donald Trump

In a 10-3 ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that President Trump’s revised Executive Order, which suspended the entry into the United States of nationals from certain Designated Countries, was unconstitutional. The Court opinion addressed the President’s...

Waking Up in Arizona

Marcela Valdes, New York Times, May 23, 2017 - "Living under draconian state laws, Arizona activists honed an effective strategy for keeping undocumented immigrants in the country. Can the same tools still work today? In the weeks and months following Election Day 2016 — as progressive...

Expert: Courts Will Be Very Busy With Immigration Cases

Ben Remaly, NBC News, May 30, 2017 - "The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is criticizing the appointment of a Citizenship and Immigration Services ombudsman who previously worked for a group that supports immigration restrictions as "offensive, insensitive and malicious". The caucus has...

Fed's Kaplan: Immigration Crackdown Hurting Economy

Paul Davidson, USA Today, May 31, 2017 - "President Trump’s immigration crackdown is already crimping economic growth as undocumented workers fearful of deportation stay home and reduce their spending, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said Wednesday. Millions of immigrants...

De Blasio Under Fire For Plan To Keep Some Immigrants Out Of Legal Aid Program

Roque Planas, Elise Foley, Huffington Post, June 2, 2017 - "For the last three years, New York City has footed the bill for lawyers to defend certain immigrants facing deportation under a unique program that other cities have begun to emulate. But as the June 30 deadline to finalize the city’s...

Texas Immigration Jail Holding Some Families Too Long

Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press, May 31, 2017 - "Afghan asylum seeker Samira Hakimi and her family members — three of them young children — have spent six months inside a Texas immigration lockdown, even though state lawmakers adjourned this week without passing legislation to circumvent...