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Fact-Checking Trump on Immigration

Eugene Kiely and D'Angelo Gore, May 30, 2018 - "The claim: “Think of it, a lottery. You pick people. Now, let me ask you. So these countries that are sending people in — do you think they are sending us their finest?” The facts: Trump is again distorting the Diversity Immigrant...

Groups Sue Trump Administration, Challenging Addition of Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

MALDEF, May 31, 2018 - "The Trump administration’s eleventh-hour decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census violates the U.S. Constitution because it is racially discriminatory and could result in a severe undercount of minorities, according to a federal lawsuit filed today...

TPS for Honduras Will Terminate on Jan. 5, 2020

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 108 / Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - "The designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is set to expire on July 5, 2018. After reviewing country conditions and consulting with appropriate U.S. Government agencies, the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined...

Three Fearless Asylum Attorneys Challenge Trump in Tijuana

Nicole Ramos, Erika Pinheiro and Nora Phillips form the legal team at Al Otro Lado in Tijuana. They were profiled in The California Sunday Magazine, May 30, 2018 .

Federal Court: Sessions' Bid to Curb Philly's Sanctuary City Status is Unconstitutional

Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBCPhiladelphia, June 6, 2018 - "In a decision that made Mayor Jim Kenney break out into song and dance, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over how the city deals with undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Judge...

Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border (Updated June 17, 2018)

Dahlia Lithwick, Margo Schlanger, Slate, June 17, 2018 - "If you’re horrified by news of families being separated at the borders, here’s a bit of news you can use. First, the policy: It helps to be incredibly clear on what the law is, and what has and has not changed. When Donald Trump...

Kids in Cages, Laura Bush Pushes Back, and S.3036

Begin your Monday, June 18, 2018 with these three stories: 1) "Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside." 2) "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries...

We Are Better Than This

Claire Thomas-Duckwitz, M.A., Ph.D., L.P., June 18, 2018 - "I visited Dilley, Texas in 2015 as part of a research team investigating practices at detention centers that housed migrants from Central America. Our study was commissioned by the Unitarian Universalist Church in order to report on and...

Babies Behind Bars: Child Abuse Now Government Policy Under Trump, Sessions, Nielsen

Steve Turnham, ABC News, June 18, 2018 - "There’s a vivid term mental health experts use to describe the destruction of the love of life in another human being, especially in a child: It's called “soul murder.” It can happen as a result of physical abuse, they say, but just...

Expert: Family Separation at Border Unlikely to Deter Central American Asylum Seekers

Tana Ganeva, Raw Story, June 19, 2018 - "Immigration experts point out that in addition to being inhumane, the policy is not likely to be effective because unlike Homan’s contention that the parents are choosing poorly, many don’t have much choice when it comes to fleeing their home...

Trump Executive Order Keeps Families Together...Behind Bars

White House, June 20, 2018 - "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq ., it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1 . Policy . It is the policy of this...

Expert: Trump Executive Order Narrower Than Anticipated

Tal Kopan, CNN, June 20, 2018 - "President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed course after days of digging in on a policy that resulted in immigrant family separations at the border, signing an executive order that will keep far more families together at the border. The order also seeks more authority...

A Former U.S. Attorney Speaks on 'Zero Tolerance'

Barbara McQuade, June 22, 2018 - "Prosecutors accept the fact that they must decline to prosecute some cases so that they can devote resources to more important cases instead. But with zero tolerance for illegal entry misdemeanors, many other crimes will go unaddressed. The Justice Department prosecutes...

Expert: Trump's Effort to Modify Flores Agreement Likely Doomed

Erik Larson, Bloomberg, June 21, 2018 - "President Donald Trump may have a hard time reversing his policy of separating undocumented children from their parents at the U.S. border because his alternative may get shot down in court. Implementing the June 20 directive hinges in part on whether U.S...

Where Family Separation Began: A Case in El Paso Shows Flores is the Solution, Not the Problem

Katherine Hawkins, Just Security, June 22, 2018 - " ... The Trump administration has denounced Flores as a “loophole,” and demanded that Congress override it so that it can start detaining families for longer periods of time. The executive order instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions...

Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming

Stephanie Leutert, Lawfare, June 23, 2018 - "Over the past week, the separation of 2,000 children from their parents along the U.S. border has forced immigration into the national spotlight. President Trump, who initiated the separations and then sought to quash criticism with a muddled executive...

How Trump Administration Officials Can Be Found Criminally Culpable For Separating Children From Parents - Cyrus Mehta & Sophia Genovese

Cyrus Mehta & Sophia Genovese, June 24, 2018 - "The Trump Administration has continued to perpetuate the falsehood that immigrants are criminals, despite overwhelming evidence that communities are safer when immigrants arrive . Trump’s recent spectacle to honor victims of crimes perpetrated...

ASYLUM SEEKERS FILE CLASS-ACTION SUIT DEMANDING TO BE REUNITED WITH THEIR CHILDREN

NWIRP, June 25, 2018 - "Three women who were forcibly separated from their children by immigration officials when they entered the United States to seek asylum filed a lawsuit today in Seattle, Washington, on behalf of themselves and dozens of other separated families. The lawsuit seeks an order...

Supreme Court, 5-4, Upholds Travel Ban: Trump v. Hawaii

Trump v. Hawaii - C.J. Roberts: "By its plain language, §1182(f) grants the President broad discretion to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States. The President lawfully exercised that discretion based on his findings—following a worldwide, multi-agency review—that entry...

Court Orders Reunification of Families Separated at Border, Certifies Nationwide Class (Ms. L. v. ICE)

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR CLASSWIDE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION - "Unless there is a determination that the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child, or the parent affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily declines to be reunited with the child: (a) Defendants must reunify...

Reflections on 5-4 Travel Ban Decision: Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

Prof. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia - "The human impact of Travel Ban 3.0 cannot be overstated. The ban has been in full effect since December 4, 2017, because of written orders by the Supreme Court. Well before today’s ruling, America has already witnessed devastating consequences, including hundreds...

Trump v. Hawaii Q&A with Expert Law Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr

Forbes, June 27, 2018 - "On June 26, 2018, in a 5-4 decision , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to ban the entry of individuals from a group of primarily Muslim countries was constitutional. The court ruled, “The Proclamation is squarely within...

Immigration Court Bonds Rise Under Trump

Daniel Bush, PBS, June 28, 2018 - "Federal judges are setting unusually large bonds for detained immigrants, immigration attorneys say, including for parents who were separated from their children at the border, a shift that has delayed the parents’ release even as the Trump administration...

Threading the Needle: Challenging Trump’s Travel Ban Despite Trump v. Hawaii - Cyrus Mehta & Sophia Genovese

Threading the Needle: Challenging Trump’s Travel Ban Despite Trump v. Hawaii, July 2, 2018, Cyrus Mehta & Sophia Genovese - "On June 26, 2018, the US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in Trump v. Hawaii upheld President Trump’s travel ban against seven countries, the majority of which...

Family Separation Update - 4 Things You Need to Know (July 10, 2018)

ACLU, July 10, 2018 - "On June 26, a federal judge issued a national injunction in the ACLU’s class action lawsuit against the Trump administration’s policy of separating children and parents at the border. He ordered the government to reunite all children under five with their parents...