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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...

ICE Memo to Field: The Gloves are Off, Everyone's a Target

Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica, July 7, 2017 - "The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories. The guidance appears to go beyond...

Battle emerging inside Trump administration over who controls immigration and refugees

Josh Rogin, Washington Post, July 9, 2017 - "When President Trump spoke of the need to defend Western civilization in Poland last week, many saw an effort by him and some of his top White House advisers to redefine the mission of American foreign policy away from building relationships and spreading...

The Immigration Effect

Lena Groeger, ProPublica. July 19, 2017 - "There’s a Way for President Trump to Boost the Economy by Four Percent, But He Probably Won’t Like It. President Trump has promised to increase U.S. economic growth – in fact, he’s banking on it. The budget he proposed to Congress...

The Trump Administration at Six Months: A Sea Change in Immigration Enforcement

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, July 19, 2017 - "Reaching its six-month mark in office on July 20, the Trump administration is making good on Donald Trump’s campaign promises to ratchet up immigration enforcement. Acting swiftly during his early days in office, the president issued...

U.S. Policy Stole 8 Lives in a Truck; Why the Dying Won’t End - Juan Castillo

Juan Castillo, Austin American-Statesman, July 28, 2017 - "Jammed into the back of a locked, pitch-black moving furnace without water or food, eight immigrants began a journey to what they thought would be a better life in America. Instead, inside that hellish trap they drew their final breaths...

Expert: Immigration Enforcement Targets 'Low-Hanging Fruit' Under Trump

John Bacon, USA Today, Aug. 1, 2017 - "An Ohio mother of four who has lived in the U.S. for 17 years faced deportation Tuesday, nine days after a routine traffic stop that led authorities to discover her undocumented status. Beatriz Morelos Casillas, 37, her husband and their children live in Painesville...

Senators Cotton & Perdue Flank Pres. Trump in Introducing 'Merit-Based' Immigration Bill

Washington Post, Aug. 2, 2017 - "President Trump on Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels over a decade, a goal Trump endorsed on the campaign trail that would represent a profound change to U.S. immigration policies that have been in place for half...

Expert: GOP Immigration Bill Will 'Be Very Hard to Get Through Congress'

David J. Lynch, Financial Times, Aug. 2, 2017 - "Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed legislation that would dramatically reshape legal immigration to the US, slashing annual admissions in half and prioritising education and skills rather than family ties in deciding who can enter the country. ...

Cyrus Mehta: RAISE Act Will Hurt Immigrants, Americans and America

Cyrus Mehta, Aug. 6, 2017 - "Last week, President Trump lent full throated support towards the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act ( RAISE Act ), which will dramatically alter the immigration system in the United States the way we know it. Although this bill, proposed by Republican...

How Democrats Gave Us Trump’s Immigration Nightmare

Clio Chang, New Republic, Aug. 17, 2017 - "[If] the Trump administration is exceptionally hostile towards immigrants, he is building upon an anti-immigrant, enforcement-first framework that was implemented over the past few decades not only by conservative presidents like George W. Bush, but also...

It's Who You Know...

Ronald Brownstein, CNN, Aug. 22, 2017 - "As President Donald Trump's trip to Arizona is certain to demonstrate, immigration remains one of the most polarizing issues in American politics. But the central political fault line around the dispute follows a surprising path. The paradox of this...

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Making New Homes More Expensive

Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg, Aug. 28, 2017 - "Last year, Jim Brown and other home builders around Atlanta could get a good framing crew at a rate of $3.25 per square foot. This year, the few framers they can find demand, and get, almost double that. “They can ask anything,” Brown said...

Houston Immigration Closures (as of 4pm CST, Aug. 28, 2017)

1) From the Houston Asylum Office’ Lubna Fazal, today: Due to local weather conditions the Houston Asylum Office will be closed for the remainder of the week through Friday Sept 1, 2017. We will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate re-opening on Tuesday September 5, 2017. We will...

TRUST Act Signed Into Law In Illinois

NIJC, Aug. 28, 2017 - "Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed the Illinois TRUST Act (SB 31) into law this morning, enacting the nation’s strongest state-level due process protections for immigrants who fear any interaction with local police could result in deportation. The TRUST Act...

Unanimous Denver City Council Passes Ordinance Protecting Immigrants

Jon Murray, Denver Post, Aug. 29, 2017 - "An elevated immigration policy stance approved Monday night by the Denver City Council boils down easily: Don’t ask about anyone’s status, don’t share it and don’t help federal authorities with enforcement. ... The new ordinance is...

Denver Mayor Signs Immigration Ordinance: "We do not do the work of ICE."

Jon Murray, Denver Post, Aug. 31, 2017 - "Denver’s new immigration measures aim to resist federal enforcement in several ways, but Denver Police Chief Robert White summarized them bluntly at signing ceremony Thursday. “We do not do the work of ICE,” he said, referring to U.S...

Video: Immigration and Executive Power (Cornell Law School Panel, Sept. 8, 2017)

Link to video - Cornell Law School, Sept. 8, 2017. Moderated by Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr . "The panelists were three eminent constitutional scholars: Michael Dorf from Cornell, Ilya Somin from George Mason, and Eric Posner from the University of Chicago. The panel discussed both the travel ban...

Untangling the Immigration Enforcement Web: NILC Report (Sept. 2017)

NILC, Sept. 2017 - "Immigrants are caught in a complex and opaque web of databases, related systems, and information-sharing mechanisms that facilitate immigration enforcement and erect barriers to their full participation in economic and social life in the United States. These databases, systems...

Expert: GOP 'Solutions' Will Make Our Immigration Problems Worse

Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr and Aaron El Sabrout, USA Today, Sept. 14, 2014 - "The U.S. immigration system is at an important crossroads. The Trump administration recently announced that in sixDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which temporarily protects some 800,000 undocumented...

NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Executive Order Prohibiting State Agencies from Inquiring About Immigration Status

Gov. Cuomo, Sept. 15, 2017 - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued Executive Order 170 that prohibits state agencies and officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual's immigration status unless required by law or necessary to determine eligibility for a benefit or service. Law...