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How 4 Key Elements Of Immigration Policy Changed In 2017

Shannon Dooling, WBUR, Dec. 27, 2017 - "The issue of immigration continues to grip the country — and capture headlines — in a year when President Trump's campaign promises turned into policy. We followed how four key elements of immigration policy changed, and how those changes directly...

Feds to Step Up Immigration Enforcement at Job Sites in 2018

Daniel Connolly, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 27, 2017 - "The federal government plans to increase job site immigration enforcement actions across Tennessee in 2018, said Robert Hammer, a high-ranking enforcement official. Workplace immigration investigations will likely focus on "critical infrastructure...

UCLA Scholars Study the President's Intent on Immigrants

Celeste Gómez, Kimberly Cerón, Oscar Gaytán, Julia Isais, John Hernández, Susan Figueroa, Andy Aguiar, Carolina Armenta, Jennifer Bartelheim, Luís Ceja, Janet Chamu, Nicole Contreras, Fernanda Corral, Diana Adame, Ismael De Anda, Jazmín De La Torre, Victor Dealba...

More Lawsuits Filed Against Private Immigration Prisons

Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 30, 2017 - "Immigrants in detention in San Diego are suing a private prison company, alleging exploitation and forced labor that their attorneys say breaks human trafficking laws. The class-action lawsuit , filed Wednesday in San Diego federal court...

Expert: Family-Based Immigration Brings 'Drive and Entrepreneurial Spirit' to U.S.A.

Mica Rosenberg, Reuters, Jan. 4, 2018 - "President Donald Trump is ramping up calls on the U.S. Congress to stop legal immigrants from sponsoring extended family members who want to move to the United States, saying so-called “chain migration” poses a threat to national security. .....

Op-Ed: Changes to Family-Based Immigration Attack Bedrock Values - Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski, Jan. 4, 2018 - "At this time of year, those of us with healthy families are comforted by the strength and security we find in their fold. Much of our local, state and federal laws revolve around strengthening and protecting families. Since LBJ signed the modern Immigration...

Revanchist Immigration: The Aftermath of “Buy American, Hire American” - Angelo A. Paparelli

Angelo A. Paparelli, Jan. 4, 2018 - " “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” ~ An unidentified U.S. major, referring to the February 7, 1968 bombing of the South Vietnamese town of Ben Tre that killed hundreds of noncombatants, as recounted by Associated Press reporter...

Tom Gjelten on Truman, LBJ, Trump, Visa Quotas and Family-Based Migration

Tom Gjelten, NPR, Jan. 13, 2018 - "This [quota] system violated the basic principle of American democracy, the principle that values and rewards each man on the basis of his merit as a man," Johnson declared as he signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 in the shadow of the Statue...

Lawsuit Challenges Immigration Judges Who Refuse to Hold Bond Hearings: Palacios v. Sessions

AIC, Jan. 17, 2018 - "The government cannot lock people up without giving them access to prompt bond hearings and an opportunity to show that they should be released for the months or years that it takes to adjudicate their removal cases. This lawsuit challenges the actions of immigration judges...

Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Contentious Issue

Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Contentious Issue Graham C. Ousey and Charis E. Kubrin Annual Review of Criminology 2018 1:1, 63-84 "Are immigration and crime related? This review addresses this question in order to build a deeper understanding of the immigration-crime relationship."

Shifting Gears, Trump Administration Launches High-Profile Worksite Immigration Enforcement Operations - MPI

MPI, Jan. 24, 2018 - "In January 2018, the Trump administration carried out its largest immigration action yet against a U.S. employer, with hundreds of federal immigration agents descending upon 98 stores in the 7-Eleven chain in 17 states and the District of Columbia. The enforcement operation...

The Myth of 'Chain Migration'

Cecilia Muñoz, Jan. 26, 2018 - "[B]ack in 1988, the federal agency then known as the General Accounting Office found that the immigration system’s waiting lists make chain migration a theory that doesn’t really happen in practice. This is because each link in the chain takes years...

Expert: White House Immigration Plan 'Dead on Arrival'

Laura D. Francis, Bloomberg BNA, Jan. 26, 2018 - "The White House’s legislative framework, originally mentioned Jan. 24 and expanded upon Jan. 25, would provide legal status and eventual citizenship to 1.8 million undocumented immigrants. It also would create a $25 billion trust fund for a...

The American Dream is for Everyone

Cyrus D. Mehta and Sophia Genovese, Jan. 29, 2018 - "The Trump Administration has announced an immigration proposal that pits the lives of Dreamers against other immigrant populations. Dreamers are young people who came to the United States prior to the age of 16, and fell out of status of status...

Robert G. Heiserman - In Memoriam

Heiserman family & Mike McPhee, former Denver Post reporter, Jan. 2018 - "Robert Gifford Heiserman, a respected immigration attorney whose clients around the world ranged from the wealthy and powerful to poverty-stricken Haitian immigrants, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in his apartment in Denver...

The Proper Role of Immigration Judges as Asylum Adjudicators - Jeffrey S. Chase

Jeffrey S. Chase, Feb. 4, 2018 - "I would like to expand on the topic raised in my response to the BIA’s recent precedent decision in Matter of W-Y-C- & H-O-B- . In the U.S. system, what tensions exist between an immigration judge’s role as an independent judge within an adversarial...

My Great-Grandparents Weren’t ‘Illegal’ When They Came To The U.S. They Would Be Now.

Prof. Kari Hong, Feb. 3, 2018 - "Around 1905, when Norway would have been considered a “shithole,” my great-grandmother sailed to the United States. She was 16 years old, without family and money, and found work as a house cleaner. My great-grandfather was a Norwegian sailor who jumped...

Trump’s Misuse of Barbara Jordan’s Legacy on Immigration - Susan F. Martin

Susan F. Martin, Feb. 5, 2018 - "After years of talking about a broken immigration system, President Trump offered a framework for immigration reform in his State of the Union address. In the lead-up to the address, the White House issued a statement on January 17 honoring Barbara Jordan, the former...

Expert: The 'Tale of the Tape' on Trump's Immigration Enforcement

Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr & Emmie Smith, Feb. 5, 2018 - "Now that President Trump has been in office a year, it's appropriate to assess how much his administration has changed immigration law. Trump's State of the Union address a few days ago also outlines his plans for immigration...

Trump Memo Sets Up 'National Vetting Center'

White House, Feb. 6, 2018 - "Border and immigration security are essential to ensuring the safety, security, and prosperity of the United States. The Federal Government must improve the manner in which executive departments and agencies (agencies) coordinate and use intelligence and other information...

Trump's Misuse of Barbara Jordan's Legacy on Immigration - Susan F. Martin

Susan F. Martin, Feb. 5, 2018 - "After years of talking about a broken immigration system, President Trump offered a framework for immigration reform in his State of the Union address. In the lead-up to the address, the White House issued a statement on January 17 honoring Barbara Jordan, the former...

Unless You’re an American Citizen, Legal Marijuana is Not For You

Ann Marie Awad, Colorado Public Radio, Feb. 12, 2018 - "Marijuana may be a multi-billion dollar industry in Colorado, but cannabis is still illegal federally — so any job in the industry can be considered trafficking in a controlled substance. Normally, this hasn’t been a tricky distinction...

From School Suspension to Immigration Detention

Alice Speri, The Intercept, Feb. 11, 2018 - "The path from school to immigration detention usually goes like this: A teenager, often recently resettled in the United States, gets into some sort of trouble at school. Sometimes, as in Dennis’s case, a fight triggers a criminal charge —...

The Try Guys Try Immigrating To America

The Try Guys, Oct. 7, 2017 - "The Try Guys take on the immigration system and find out how hard it really is to become a US citizen." [Featuring my friend and mentor, UCLA Law Prof. Hiroshi Motomura !]

The Prosecutor's Role in the Current Immigration Landscape

Hillary Blout, Rose Cahn, and Miriam Aroni Krinsky, Criminal Justice magazine, Winter 2018 - "The United States Supreme Court has held that criminal defense counsel is constitutionally obligated to advise noncitizen defendants about the immigration consequences of guilty pleas and to defend against...