AILA welcomed the decision by federal judge Orlando Garcia to enjoin the implementation of several unconstitutional provisions of SB 4, a Texas law targeting immigrant communities which would have taken effect September 1.
Immigration was the centerpiece of his campaign, and 100 days into his presidency, enforcing immigration laws is one area where President Donald Trump already can claim some victories.
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told the host of critics to shut up and let his agents do their jobs, pushing back against the overwhelming wave of criticism from advocacy groups who have complained that immigration enforcement has grown too strict under the Trump administration.
The Washington Posts David Nakamura obtained an internal DHS assessment that outlines what the department has done to fulfill Trump’s call for intensified immigration enforcement.
Parents and children caught crossing the Mexican border into the United States illegally generally can remain together, the Homeland Security chief said Wednesday, in a partial reversal of previous comments.
Senate Democrats wanted reassurances from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that there would be boundaries to President Donald Trump’s plan to intensify immigration enforcement..
US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Wednesday assured Senate Democrats he doesn't intend to separate mothers and children at the border -- apparently walking back an earlier statement he made that such a policy could deter people from entering the country illegally.
President Trump stated that he has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims during his Joint Address to congress. The office is called VOICE – Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, was created by the interior enforcement executive order that was signed in January. Any victim of crime deserves acknowledgement and sympathy, and crime is an issue that must be taken seriously. However, the emphasis on victims of immigrant crimes is problematic. It only serves to scapegoat and demonize immigrants even though the data clearly shows that immigrants, including unauthorized immigrants, are less likely than native-born Americans to commit crimes.
The Trump administration ensured this week that its immigration enforcement policies will be a chaotic affair marked by mistakes, civil rights violations and overzealous enforcement. They did this by outlining measures that they claim simply return power to immigration agents to do their jobs—measures such as authorizing the hiring of thousands more border and interior enforcement officers, eliminating targeted priorities for removal, and creating an aggressive plan to deputize local law enforcement.
The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 national guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by the Associated Press. The draft memo calls for unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement, including targeting undocumented people nowhere near Mexican border.