Tag Archives: immigration

SCOTUS Backs Trump On “Remain In Mexico” Policy

The Washington Post reports: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the Trump administration may continue its “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers while lower-court challenges continue, after the federal government warned that tens of thousands of immigrants massed at the southern border could overwhelm the immigration system. The justices reversed a decision of a panel of the U.S. Court …

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Trump Vows To Block Funds For Sanctuary Cities

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would withhold money from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions after a U.S. court ruled that his administration could block federal law enforcement funds to states and cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. One such “sanctuary” policy opposed by the administration is a refusal by local jails to hold immigrants in …

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Court Rules Cuccinelli Unlawfully Appointed To USCIS

Axios reports: A federal district judge in D.C. ruled on Sunday that Ken Cuccinelli’s placement as the acting top official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. Why it matters: Policies that were put in place under Cuccinelli are now void, including a directive that gave asylum-seekers less time to consult with legal counsel …

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Court Blocks Trump’s “Remain In Mexico” Asylum Plan

CNN reports: A federal appeals court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from sending asylum seekers to Mexico to wait for their immigration hearings in the US, a major blow to the administration as it has increasingly relied on the program to send thousands of migrants back to Mexico. The ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals applies across …

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Appeals Court Sides With Trump On Sanctuary Cities, Rules Millions Can Be Withheld Over ICE Compliance

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a lower …

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Miller To Staff: I Only Care About Stopping Immigrants

The New Yorker reports: Miller has a habit of berating officials, especially lower-ranking ones, for an agency’s perceived failures. Chad Wolf, now the acting head of D.H.S., used to advise colleagues to placate Miller by picking one item from his long list of demands, and vowing to execute it. “It’s a war of attrition,” Wolf told them. “Maybe he forgets …

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Post-Brexit UK To Close Door On “Unskilled” Migrants

Politico Europe reports: The U.K. government will not create a visa route for low-skilled migrants and temporary workers in its post-Brexit immigration system, which will give “top priority” to those with the highest skills, including scientists, engineers and academics. A policy paper published Tuesday evening outlines plans for a new points-based system after EU freedom of movement ends in December. …

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Elite Border Patrol Tactical Units To Hit Sanctuary Cities

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country, an escalation in the president’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement. The specially trained officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York …

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Pentagon Transfers $3.8 Billion To Trump’s Border Wall

The Hill reports: The Pentagon is moving $3.8 billion from various weapons programs such as the F-35 fighter jet to pay for President Trump’s southern border wall, according to a notice sent to Congress on Thursday. The notice sent to Congress said the money is going toward the “support of higher priority items” and is “required to provide support for …

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Trump’s Wall Requires Hundreds Of Gates That Must Be Left Open At Times Or Flash Floods Will Knock It Down

This morning it was storm winds, now it’s storm water: President Trump’s border wall likely will require the installation of hundreds of storm gates to prevent flash floods from undermining or knocking it over, gates that must be left open for months every summer during “monsoon season” in the desert, according to U.S. border officials, agents and engineers familiar with …

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Trump’s Grandfather Would Fail Immigrant Wealth Test

Newsweek reports: The Supreme Court this week allowed the administration of President Donald Trump to move forward with implementing its hard-line immigration policy that would deny legal permanent residency to immigrants the government believed could require public assistance. However, it’s not clear that Trump’s own grandfather would have passed the stringent requirements if they had been in place back in …

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SCOTUS Rules For Trump On Immigrant Wealth Tests

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on Monday for one of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies, allowing his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future. The justices, on a 5-4 vote, granted the administration’s request to lift a lower court’s injunction that …

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Trump Confirms Plan To Expand Muslim Travel Ban

The Wall Street Journal reports: President Trump on Tuesday confirmed he plans to expand his controversial travel ban that bars citizens of certain countries from entering the United States. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that he is looking to add more countries, though he would …

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Human Rights Groups Sue Over Trump’s Asylum Policy

Via press release from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union, National Immigrant Justice Center, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Human Rights First filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s policies regarding so-called “safe third country” agreements with Guatemala and other nations that force people fleeing for their lives to seek asylum in the same dangerous …

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National Immigrant Rights Group Endorses Sanders

Politico reports: Make the Road Action, an immigrant rights group, is endorsing Bernie Sanders for president, lending the Vermont senator significant political muscle in the early caucus state of Nevada and a delegate-heavy group of northeastern states. The 10-year-old organization, which mobilizes immigrants and minority communities for political action in Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, has not …

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Trump To Divert $7.2 Billion In Pentagon Funds To Wall

The Washington Post reports: President Trump is preparing to divert an additional $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year, five times what Congress authorized him to spend on the project in the 2020 budget, according to internal planning figures obtained by The Washington Post. The Pentagon funds would be extracted, for the second year in a row, …

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Fugitive Anti-Migrant Vigilante Found Dead Of Suicide

The Dallas News reports: A North Texas militia member and vigilante who led armed patrols of the Texas-Mexico border and was wanted by federal authorities died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to law enforcement officials. Kevin Lyndel Massey’s body was discovered Dec. 23 in Van Zandt County, according to the sheriff. Pending autopsy results will officially determine the …

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Trump Org Fires More Undocumented Workers

The Washington Post reports: Nearly a year after the Trump Organization pledged to root out undocumented workers at its properties, supervisors at the Trump Winery on Monday summoned at least seven employees and fired them because of their lack of legal immigration status, according to two of the dismissed workers. The timing of the firings at the rural Virginia winery, …

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Census Bureau: US Population Growth Still Slowing

New data from the US Census Bureau: According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s national and state population estimates released today, forty-two states and the District of Columbia had fewer births in 2019 than 2018, while eight states saw a birth increase. With fewer births in recent years and the number of deaths increasing, natural increase (or births minus deaths) has …

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INDIA: Immigration Law Spurs Violent Protests [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Furious protests against a new citizenship law continued to erupt across India on Monday, provoking a harsh security response and presenting the most widespread challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he came to power five years ago. On Sunday, police officers stormed a predominantly Muslim university in New Delhi, the capital, firing tear gas …

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