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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...

TX Ct. Crim. App. Extends Padilla Coverage: Ex Parte Aguilar

Ex Parte Aguilar, Sept. 20, 2017 - "[W]hen a conviction automatically triggers a loss of status which, in turn, renders a defendant presumptively removable, Padilla applies. ... [P]lea counsel negotiated a plea agreement for a state-jail felony and incorrectly advised Aguilar that the plea would...

Experts: Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch Could Be Key Vote on Immigration Cases

UC Davis School of Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson and Cornell Law School Professor of Immigration Law Practice Stephen W. Yale-Loehr share their thoughts on how Justice Neil Gorsuch's views could affect two big immigration cases now pending at the Supreme Court, Sessions v. Dimaya (to be argued Monday...

White House Sets Immigration Reform Markers (Updated; Annotated)

On October 8, 2017 the White House released several documents related to immigration, including: Immigration Principles and Policies Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities, Executive Summary Securing the Border by Deterring and Swiftly Removing Illegal Entrants Enforce Immigration...

David Isaacson on the SUCCEED Act

David Isaacson, Oct. 10, 2017 - "Following the Trump Administration’s decision in September to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program , President Trump suggested in a Tweet that Congress should “legalize DACA” within the next six months . There have been...

Expert Jan Pederson: Immigrants Could Ease Growing Psychiatrist Shortage

Laura D. Francis, BNA, Oct. 19, 2017 - "More than 60 percent of U.S. counties, including 80 percent of rural counties, don’t have a single psychiatrist, according to a report from New American Economy provided exclusively to Bloomberg Law. In those rural counties, 590 psychiatrists serve more...

Expert: Texas Abortion Case Raised Constitutional 'Gray Area' in Immigration Law

Politico, Oct. 24, 2017 - "A federal appeals court has ruled that an undocumented pregnant minor being held in a federally-funded shelter in Texas can receive an abortion. ... If the teen had been in the United States for a long time or had come in legally, her right to an abortion would be harder...

Will White House Immigration Wish List Tank Emerging DREAMer Momentum in Congress?

Muzaffar Chishti, Jessica Bolter, and Sarah Pierce, MPI, Oct. 19, 2017 - "Will the Trump administration’s lengthy wish list of restrictive immigration proposals sent to Congress earlier this month upset growing bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill to provide protection to unauthorized immigrants...

Expert: Diversity Visa Controversy Calls into Question All Immigration Quotas

Sintia Radu, U.S. News, Nov. 10, 2017 - ""What is the right amount and the right type of immigration for the Unites States?" asks Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University . ... [I]t is difficult to assess the impact of the visa lottery on low-skill immigration...

Cleveland Fed President: USA Needs More Immigration to Save Economy

Jeff Cox, CNBC, Nov. 16, 2017 - "The U.S. economy faces higher deficits, reduced government benefits and near-zero interest rates unless policymakers act aggressively, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said Thursday. In a speech to the Cato Institute in Washington, Mester painted a bleak...

Asylum Representation Rates Have Fallen Amid Rising Denial Rates

TRAC, Nov. 28, 2017 - "Very recent Immigration Court records reveal that during FY 2017 asylum decisions were up sharply. A total of 30,179 cases were decided by judges last year, a marked increase from 22,312 cases in FY 2016. This is the largest number of asylum cases decided in any one year since...

L.A. Defense Fund for Immigrants Gets Underway

Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC, Nov. 30, 2017 - "Money to help immigrants fight deportation will be distributed to legal nonprofits from a $10 million defense fund set up with public money from the city and county of Los Angeles and private philanthropic contributions. Grants from the L.A. Justice...

Attorney General Sessions Pushes for 'Timely and Efficient' Immigration Courts

DOJ Press Release, Dec. 6, 2017 - Attorney General Sessions Issues Memo Outlining Principles to Ensure That the Adjudication of Immigration Cases Serves the National Interest Memo - Renewing our Commitment to the Timely and Efficient Adjudication of Immigration Cases to Serve the National Interest...