US Politics in Trump era Public date: 17.09.2019 01:44:11

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26 Apr 2019

Border Patrol to Pay Out $84 Million in Bonuses to Agents in Bid to Stop Them From Leaving

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has offered bonuses equivalent to 5 percent of current salaries to agents willing to remain at their jobs for another year as the agency struggles with dwindling staff numbers and a surge in immigrants seeking asylum.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has offered bonuses equivalent to 5 percent of current salaries to agents...
18 Apr 2019

Barr to withhold bail from asylum seekers in latest asylum crackdown

The nation’s top prosecutor broadened the Trump administration’s authority to detain asylum seekers who cross the border illegally by declaring Tuesday that they are not entitled to bond hearings.
The nation’s top prosecutor broadened the Trump administration’s authority to detain asylum seekers who cross the...
9 Apr 2019

Trump Reportedly Tells Stephen Miller: You’re “in Charge” of Immigration

A purge is currently underway in the Department of Homeland Security. In the wake of Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation Sunday, a slew of top DHS officials appear headed for the exits as President Trump and his dead-eyed policy adviser Stephen Miller look to ram their immigration priorities through no matter the cost or consequence.
A purge is currently underway in the Department of Homeland Security. In the wake of Secretary of Homeland Security...
9 Feb 2019

From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back years

At his home on the misty slope of Costa Rica’s tallest mountain, Dario Angulo keeps a set of photographs from the years he tended the rolling fairways and clipped greens of a faraway American golf resort. Angulo learned to drive backhoes and bulldozers, carving water hazards and tee boxes out of former horse pastures in Bedminster, N.J., where a famous New Yorker was building a world-class course. Angulo earned $8 an hour, a fraction of what a state-licensed heavy equipment operator would make, with no benefits or overtime pay.
At his home on the misty slope of Costa Rica’s tallest mountain, Dario Angulo keeps a set of photographs from the...
29 Jan 2019

ICE Courthouse Arrests in New York Increased 1,700 Percent Under Trump

More than two years after Donald Trump’s inauguration ushered in sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration enforcement system, accounts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arresting undocumented immigrants in and around New York courts have increased by 1,700 percent, according to a new report.
More than two years after Donald Trump’s inauguration ushered in sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration...
27 Dec 2018

Investigation Finds at Least $800M in Taxpayer Money Went to Funding For-Profit Immigrant Prisons in 2018

While President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant agenda has been disastrous and deadly for asylum-seekers fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, a Daily Beast investigation published on Thursday found that the White House's xenophobic policies have been a major boon for the private prison industry—at the expense of American taxpayers.
While President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant agenda has been disastrous and deadly for asylum-seekers fleeing violence...
22 Dec 2018

Texas Detention Players Ramp Up Trump’s For-Profit ‘Baby Jails’

Family detention centers run by the country’s two largest for-profit prison operators are set to become some of Texas’s biggest child-care providers, following a recent state appeals court decision. Under the ruling, the centers—which have been accused of enabling sexual abuse and allowing children to die in their care—will receive the same type of licenses granted to the state’s daycares, potentially enabling them to detain children indefinitely.
Family detention centers run by the country’s two largest for-profit prison operators are set to become some of...

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21 Dec 2018

Trump to turn back asylum seekers coming to US through Mexico

The US is going to start forcing asylum-seekers who try to enter the US without papers to wait in Mexico for their asylum claims to be processed, instead of allowing them to enter the United States first. A senior administration official described the policy as “one of the most significant border security developments in decades” on a call with reporters Thursday.
The US is going to start forcing asylum-seekers who try to enter the US without papers to wait in Mexico for their...
20 Dec 2018

Cambodians Who Fled War, U.S. Bombs and Genocide Now Face ICE Raids and Deportations Under Trump

Cambodians are being deported from the U.S. at record numbers, including many who have been living in the U.S. for decades after fleeing war, U.S. bombings and genocide under the Khmer Rouge. On Monday, an Omni Air flight departed from El Paso, Texas, with 36 Cambodians on board. They were deported to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Attorneys believe it to be one of the largest deportation flights to Cambodia yet under the Trump administration.
Cambodians are being deported from the U.S. at record numbers, including many who have been living in the U.S. for...
12 Dec 2018

Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees

The White House again wants to expel certain groups of protected immigrants, a reversal after backing away from the policy months ago. In essence, the administration has now decided that Vietnamese immigrants who arrived in the country before the establishment of diplomatic ties between the United States and Vietnam are subject to standard immigration law—meaning they are all eligible for deportation.
The White House again wants to expel certain groups of protected immigrants, a reversal after backing away from the...

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7 Dec 2018

Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers

During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies. When he visited as president, she was directed to wear a pin in the shape of the American flag adorned with a Secret Service logo.Because of the “outstanding” support she has provided during Mr. Trump’s visits, Ms. Morales in July was given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency inscribed with her name. Quite an achievement for an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.
During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has...

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26 Nov 2018

Trump Is Forging His Own Gaza on the Southern Border

When President Donald Trump announced that he would be deploying soldiers to the southern border, in numbers that seemed to swell in direct proportion to the fever of his campaign rallies, the media eagerly enabled his hysteria, treating the arrival of a few hundred refugees as an impending alien invasion. And while Nicholas Kristof has since acknowledged that The New York Times allowed itself to be manipulated ahead of a midterm election, few appear willing to confront the darker reality this assault has laid bare: The Trump administration has sought to militarize the region from the start.
When President Donald Trump announced that he would be deploying soldiers to the southern border, in numbers that seemed...

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22 Nov 2018

Chief Justice Defends Judicial Independence After Trump Attacks ‘Obama Judge’

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. defended the independence and integrity of the federal judiciary on Wednesday, issuing a statement rebuking President Trump’s criticism of a judge who had ruled against the administration’s asylum policy. The chief justice seemed particularly offended by Mr. Trump’s assertion that Judge Jon S. Tigar, of the United States District Court in San Francisco, was “an Obama judge.”
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. defended the independence and integrity of the federal judiciary on Wednesday, issuing...
3 Nov 2018

Noam Chomsky: Members of Migrant Caravan Are Fleeing from Misery & Horrors Created by the U.S.

As President Trump escalated his attacks and threats against the Central American migrant caravans making their way to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump administration unveiled new sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba on Thursday. National security adviser John Bolton declared Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to be part of a “troika of tyranny” and a “triangle of terror.”
As President Trump escalated his attacks and threats against the Central American migrant caravans making their way to...

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2 Nov 2018

As Midterm Vote Nears, Trump Reprises a Favorite Message: Fear Immigrants

Immigration has been the animating issue of the Trump presidency, and now — with the possibility that Republicans could face significant losses in the midterm elections on Tuesday — the president has fully embraced a dark, anti-immigrant message in the hope that stoking fear will motivate voters to reject Democrats.
Immigration has been the animating issue of the Trump presidency, and now — with the possibility that Republicans...
26 Oct 2018

It’s Not A Violation Of Posse Comitatus If We Are Preparing For War With Mexico, I Guess

Posse Comitatus is supposed to prevent the U.S. military from engaging in police actions on U.S. soil. There are lots of good reasons for this, but mainly it’s military-takeover repellent. When the police arrest you, there is process. When the Marines arrest you, you need a prisoner exchange to get you out.
Posse Comitatus is supposed to prevent the U.S. military from engaging in police actions on U.S. soil. There are lots of...
17 Oct 2018

Trump threatens to cut Honduras aid unless it stops migrant caravan

Donald Trump has threatened to cut off millions of dollars of aid to Honduras if it fails to stop a group of as many as 2,000 migrants fleeing violence and poverty who are attempting to the reach the US border overland. Guatemalan police detained the migrant caravan’s spokesman on Tuesday, a day after the group defied warnings from local authorities and crossed the border from Honduras.
Donald Trump has threatened to cut off millions of dollars of aid to Honduras if it fails to stop a group of as many as...
12 Oct 2018

At Largest ICE Detention Center in the Country, Guards Called Attempted Suicides “Failures”

When Carlos Hidalgo was detained at the ICE processing center, in Adelanto, California, guards would mock the detainees lined up to get their meals by imitating the call of cows. “Moo! Here are the cows, walking through!”
When Carlos Hidalgo was detained at the ICE processing center, in Adelanto, California, guards would mock the...
30 Sep 2018

Hundreds of Migrant Children Quietly Moved to a Tent Camp on the Texas Border

n shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas. Until now, most undocumented children being held by federal immigration authorities had been housed in private foster homes or shelters, sleeping two or three to a room. They received formal schooling and regular visits with legal representatives assigned to their immigration cases.
n shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent...

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18 Sep 2018

DHS transferred $169 million from other programs to ICE for migrant detention

The Department of Homeland Security transferred $169 million from other agencies to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the detention and removal of migrants this year, according to a document sent to Congress by DHS.
The Department of Homeland Security transferred $169 million from other agencies to Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
13 Sep 2018

Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever

Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States.
Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court...
13 Jul 2018

Andrew Cuomo’s Biggest Donors Rake in Millions From ICE

ndrew Cuomo has a glaring conflict of interest when it comes to the politics of abolishing ICE. Luxury landlords across the state collect millions in rent from the agency — money they have turned around and funneled to Cuomo’s political campaigns, according to a new report by the New York-based watchdog group Public Accountability Initiative. 
ndrew Cuomo has a glaring conflict of interest when it comes to the politics of abolishing ICE....

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10 Jul 2018

Illinois governor profits off ICE detention center contracts

Gov. Bruce Rauner this year reported a profit from a private equity fund that owns a health care group servicing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers, including facilities that hold immigrant families with children.. The financial connection between a sitting governor and for-profit ICE detention contractors is one that immigration rights groups insist is a clear conflict of interest. They also point to Correct Care Solutions’ track record involving dozens of lawsuits alleging wide-ranging negligence.
Gov. Bruce Rauner this year reported a profit from a private equity fund that owns a health care group servicing U.S....

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4 Jul 2018

Some Contractors Housing Migrant Children Are Familiar to Trump’s Inner Circle

Many of the nonprofits, corporations and religious groups watching over migrant children detained at the southwest border have been in this business for years — and they have a history of political connections, donating millions of dollars to Democrats and Republicans alike. Now, as new federal policies greatly expand the number of migrants held in  detention, it is also becoming clear that some of the players in this  billion-dollar industry have particularly strong ties to the Trump  administration.
Many of the nonprofits, corporations and religious groups watching over migrant children detained at the southwest...
29 Jun 2018

Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America

The United States has everything to do with the creation of the monsters that are driving the refugees up to our border. They’re fleeing the cartels. Who are the heads of the cartels? People who were trained in the United States, worked very closely with the United States intelligence throughout the genocide. And we were, of course, severely criticized for that by the United Nations Truth Commission, and President Clinton apologized.
The United States has everything to do with the creation of the monsters that are driving the refugees up to our border....

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27 Jun 2018

Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban, Delivering Endorsement of Presidential Power

In a 5-to-4 vote, the court’s conservatives said the president’s statutory power over immigration was not undermined by his history of incendiary statements about the dangers he said Muslims pose to Americans. Mr. Trump, who has battled court challenges to the travel ban since the first days of his administration, hailed the decision to uphold his third version of an executive order as a “tremendous victory” and promised to continue using his office to defend the country against terrorism and extremism.
In a 5-to-4 vote, the court’s conservatives said the president’s statutory power over immigration was not...
27 Jun 2018

Before Trump, Israel Put Palestinian Children In Cages

Immigrant children have been mistreated and abused for years in the  United States. But so have Palestinian youth, who Israeli officials caged outside in the cold. In light of recent news, this practice is now being compared to how President Donald Trump’s administration is treating minors separated from their parents at the border.
Immigrant children have been mistreated and abused for years in the  United States. But so have...
27 Jun 2018

DHS warns threats against staff are rising amid anger over Trump immigration policies

Employees of the Department of Homeland Security have been targeted by escalating online threats and harassment in their neighborhoods during the past week, officials say, with rancor over the Trump administration’s immigration policies taking a greater personal toll on the agency’s staff.
Employees of the Department of Homeland Security have been targeted by escalating online threats and...

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26 Jun 2018

I’ve Been Reporting on MS-13 for a Year. Here Are the 5

The gang is not invading the country. They’re not posing as fake families. They’re not growing. To stop them, the government needs to understand them. Congressional Research Service said that it could be misleading to call MS-13 a transnational criminal organization at all, because it has no central leader or global ambitions. The gang is made up of sometimes competing cliques, often led by teenagers most interested in wielding power over other young people in their immediate circles.
The gang is not invading the country. They’re not posing as fake families. They’re not growing. To stop them, the...

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26 Jun 2018

Bethany Christian Services providing foster homes for 81 children due to border crisis

81 immigrant children forcibly separated from their parents have been sent to a conservative Christian adoption agency tied to the Betsy DeVos family. Betsy DeVos donated $300,000 to the group and her husband's cousin Brian DeVos was a Vice  President. Most of children have had no contact with their parents. How is this legal??
81 immigrant children forcibly separated from their parents have been sent to a conservative Christian...
25 Jun 2018

Trump advocates depriving undocumented immigrants of due-process rights

President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights, arguing that people who cross the border into the United States illegally must immediately be deported without trial — and sowing more confusion among Republicans ahead of a planned immigration vote this week.
President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights,...

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24 Jun 2018

Company that runs immigration detention centers is top donor for three Texas congressmen

One of the country’s largest operators of private immigration  detention facilities has made significant contributions to several Texas members of Congress. The GEO Group’s PAC and executives have given $32,900 to Houston Republican Rep. John Culberson’s campaign this election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission documents and OpenSecrets.org. GEO is Culberson's largest donor.
One of the country’s largest operators of private immigration  detention facilities has made significant...

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21 Jun 2018

The Billion-Dollar Business of Operating Shelters for Migrant Children

The business of housing, transporting  and watching over migrant children detained along the southwest border  is not a multimillion-dollar business. It’s a billion-dollar one. The nonprofit Southwest Key Programs has won at least $955 million in  federal contracts since 2015 to run shelters and provide other services to immigrant children in federal custody.
The business of housing, transporting  and watching over migrant children detained along the...

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18 Jun 2018

Family separation at the border: 2,000 kids taken in just 6 weeks

The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border — taking children from their parents, arresting the parents, and taking the kids into custody — sounds almost too cruel to be real. But the separations are, in fact, real, and new data reported by the Associated Press shows just how many children have been separated from their parents.
The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border — taking children from their parents,...

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18 Jun 2018

Trump Defends Child Separation but Still Blames Democrats

In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, the president also railed against Europe’s immigration issues, especially in Germany, as his own policies come under enhanced scrutiny and criticism.
In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, the president also railed against Europe’s immigration issues, especially in...

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12 Jun 2018

Jeff Sessions all but slams asylum door on migrant survivors of domestic, gang violence

Tens of thousands of people who are currently waiting for their asylum cases in the US to be resolved — or waiting for their chance to apply — just got the door all but slammed on them. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a ruling Monday in an immigration case, Matter of A- B-, that will make it hard or even impossible for Central Americans fleeing gang violence in their home countries, and women fleeing domestic violence, to get asylum in the US — or even be allowed to stay in the US to seek asylum instead of being summarily deported. 
Tens of thousands of people who are currently waiting for their asylum cases in the US to be resolved — or...

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31 May 2018

Trump Has Quietly Cut Legal Aid for Migrant Kids Separated from Parents

“The government is creating unaccompanied kids, then releasing them to someone other than parents, and then further restricting their ability to access counsel,” said Manoj Govindaiah, director of family detention services for Texas’s Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which has represented kids through the ORR funds. “So they’re almost ensuring people cannot successfully navigate the immigration court process.”
“The government is creating unaccompanied kids, then releasing them to someone other than parents, and then further...
29 May 2018

The U.S. lost track of 1,475 immigrant children last year. Here’s why people are outraged now.

Senior immigration and border officials called for the increased prosecutions [in  April] in a confidential memo to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen  Nielsen. They said filing criminal charges against migrants, including parents traveling with children, would be the “most effective” way to tamp down on illegal border crossings.
Senior immigration and border officials called for the increased prosecutions [in  April] in a...
29 May 2018

Trump is blaming Democrats for separating migrant families at the border. Here’s why this isn’t a surprise.

President Trump’s attempt to blame Democrats for separating migrant families at the border is renewing a political uproar over immigration, an issue that has challenged Trump throughout his presidency and threatens to grow more heated as he imposes more restrictions to stem the flow of illegal immigration.
President Trump’s attempt to blame Democrats for separating migrant families at the border is renewing a...
28 May 2018

ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody

IICE has asked for permission to begin routinely destroying 11 kinds of records, including those related to sexual assaults, solitary confinement and even deaths of people in its custody.
IICE has asked for permission to begin routinely destroying 11 kinds of records,...

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19 May 2018

House Farm Bill Collapses Amid Republican Disarray

The House, in a striking display of Republican division, rejected a massive farm bill on Friday that would have imposed strict new work requirements on beneficiaries of federal food aid while continuing farm subsidies popular with rural voters. The twice-a-decade farm policy measure failed on a 213-to-198 vote, after a key bloc of conservatives rebuked Speaker Paul D. Ryan over his refusal to schedule an immediate vote on a restrictive immigration bill sponsored by the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia.
The House, in a striking display of Republican division, rejected a massive farm bill on Friday that would have...
4 May 2018

Trump administration ends protections for 50,000 Hondurans living in U.S. since 1999

More than 50,000 Hondurans who have been allowed to live and work in the United States since 1999 will have 20 months to leave the country or face deportation, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Friday, the latest in a series of DHS measures aimed at tightening U.S. immigration controls.
More than 50,000 Hondurans who have been allowed to live and work in the United States since 1999 will have 20...
12 Apr 2018

1,224 Complaints Reveal a Staggering Pattern of Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention. Half of Those Accused Worked for ICE.

lsewhere in Florida, a man said a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent threatened him with deportation after he refused to engage in oral sex — and that the officer told him he would be deported to Haiti, even though the man is from the Bahamas. In Texas, a Border Patrol agent driving detainees between detention centers pulled over and  let a woman get out after she performed oral sex on him, according to another complaint.
lsewhere in Florida, a man said a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent threatened him with...
11 Apr 2018

The Day After Trump’s ICE Raid in a Small Tennessee Town, 550 Kids Stayed Home From School

The rural community of Morristown, Tennessee, is reeling  following the largest raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a business in a decade. On Thursday, agents with ICE’s Homeland  Security Investigations wing, also known as HSI, stormed the Southeastern Provision meatpacking plant and detained scores of people.
The rural community of Morristown, Tennessee, is reeling  following the largest raid by U.S. Immigration and...
6 Apr 2018

Trump’s Attacks on Migrant Caravan Underscore How the U.S. Outsources Immigration Enforcement to Mexico

The migrant and refugee caravan traveling through Mexico continued its northbound trek on Wednesday, heading towards Mexico City after temporarily stopping in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where they regrouped amid a flood of attention lavished on their journey. Organized  by a migrant activist collective called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an  estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people are participating in the caravan.
The migrant and refugee caravan traveling through Mexico continued its northbound trek on Wednesday, heading towards...

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2 Apr 2018

Venting on Immigration, Trump Vows ‘No More DACA Deal’ and Threatens Nafta

It was unclear whether the president’s tweets represented any change in his immigration policy, or were just the sort of venting he is known to  do after reading a newspaper article or seeing a television program. The president, who spent much of his holiday weekend golfing with supporters and watching television, was apparently reacting to a “Fox and Friends” segment on immigration that had aired minutes before.
It was unclear whether the president’s tweets represented any change in his immigration policy, or were just...

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31 Mar 2018

The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant

As of 2017, according to Gallup polls, almost half of Americans agreed that immigrants make crime worse. But is it true that immigration drives crime? Many studies have shown that it does not. Immigrant populations in the United States have been growing fast for decades now. Crime in the same period, however, has moved in the opposite direction, with the national rate of violent crime today well below what it was in 1980.
As of 2017, according to Gallup polls, almost half of Americans agreed that immigrants make crime worse....
29 Mar 2018

Trump proposal would penalize immigrants who use tax credits and other benefits

Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied legal U.S. residency under a proposal awaiting approval by the Trump administration, which is seeking to reduce the number of foreigners living in the United States.
Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied...
20 Feb 2018

Former Skadden Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Lying in Russia Investigation

The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, acknowledged in federal court in Washington that he lied to prosecutors about a September 2016 conversation with Rick Gates, the former Trump aide, over work they did together for a Ukrainian political party aligned with Russia. He also admitted that he deleted records of email exchanges that prosecutors had sought. He faces up to five years in prison but said in court that he expected to serve six months or less.
The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, acknowledged in federal court in Washington that he lied to...
16 Feb 2018

Republican Senators Slam Trump Admin For Killing DACA Compromise

After three consecutive plans to address the DACA program went down in flames  Thursday afternoon, Republicans who signed onto the bipartisan compromise bill that came closest to passage tore into the Trump administration for lobbying against it.
After three consecutive plans to address the DACA program went down in flames  Thursday afternoon,...

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26 Jan 2018

The Facts Behind the Weaponized Phrase ‘Chain Migration’

Below is a look at the facts behind recent family/chain immigration patterns. In January 2018, for example, most immigrants sponsored by their United States-citizen siblings could begin to apply for a green card if their priority date was before June 22, 2004, a waiting period of 13.5 years. Those from other “oversubscribed” countries like India, Mexico and the Philippines would have needed to have an even earlier priority date.
Below is a look at the facts behind recent family/chain immigration patterns. In January 2018, for example, most...

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21 Jan 2018

Right Wing Messaging: Dems. Begin to Crack – Rep. Gutierrez Shows Reluctant Support for Funding the Wall

Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois appeared on CNN today, where he expressed his reluctant willingness to fund a southern border wall in exchange for amnesty for 800,000-or-so “dreamers.” Dreamers are the illegal aliens brought into the country as children who currently receive government protection form deportation.
Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois appeared on CNN today, where he expressed his reluctant...

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8 Jan 2018

Trump Administration Says That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave

Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade must leave the country, government officials announced Monday. It is the Trump administration’s latest reversal of years of immigration policies and one of the most consequential to date.
Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a...
8 Dec 2017

New DHS Numbers Show Trump is Deporting Longtime U.S. Residents, Ripping Families Apart

Human Rights Watch found that the number of people detained inside the U.S. rather than at the border — meaning that they were not new arrivals — increased by 42 percent over last year, while immigration arrests of people with no criminal convictions nearly tripled.
Human Rights Watch found that the number of people detained inside the U.S. rather than at the border — meaning...
29 Nov 2017

President Trump Hired Undocumented Immigrants for $4 An Hour for Demolition Project: Court Docs

President Donald Trump hired hundreds of undocumented Polish immigrants to demolish a New York City building in 1980 and paid them as  little as $4 an hour without providing proper safety equipment to do the job, court documents show. The workers and their contractor, William Kaszycki of Kaszycki & Sons, sued Trump for unfair labor practices in 1983. After litigation dragged on for 15 years, Trump  ultimately paid $1.375 million to settle the case.
President Donald Trump hired hundreds of undocumented Polish immigrants to demolish a New York City...

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21 Nov 2017

Trump Administration Ends Temporary Protection for Haitians

About 320,000 people now benefit from the Temporary Protected Status program,  which was signed into law by President George Bush in 1990, and the decision on Monday followed another one last month that ended protections for 2,500 Nicaraguans. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is still struggling to recover from the earthquake and relies heavily on money its expatriates send to relatives back home. The Haitian government had asked the Trump administration to extend the protected status.
About 320,000 people now benefit from the Temporary Protected Status program,  which was signed into law by...

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16 Nov 2017

The Trump administration rejected 4,000 “late” DACA renewals. Some were sitting in its mailbox at the deadline

It’s beginning to look like a lot of immigrants were denied one last renewal of their deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — even though they made good-faith efforts to file their paperwork.
It’s beginning to look like a lot of immigrants were denied one last renewal of their deportation...
16 Nov 2017

Federal Prosecutors Are Using Plea Bargains as a Secret Weapon for Deportations

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing federal prosecutors to bypass immigration courts as part of the Trump administration’s  hard-line strategy on deportation. Behind closed doors, prosecutors are pressing noncitizens to sign away their rights to make a case for  remaining in the country.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing federal prosecutors to bypass immigration courts as part of the Trump...
10 Nov 2017

White House chief of staff tried to pressure acting DHS secretary to expel thousands of Hondurans, officials say

On Monday, as the Department of Homeland Security prepared to extend the residency permits of tens of thousands of Hondurans living in the United States, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called acting secretary Elaine Duke to pressure her to expel them, according to current and former administration officials.
On Monday, as the Department of Homeland Security prepared to extend the residency permits of tens of...

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1 Nov 2017

Trump, Citing Attack in New York, Calls for End to Visa Program

President Trump touched off a sharply partisan debate over some of the  most divisive issues in American life on Wednesday as he cited this  week’s terrorist attack in New York to advance his agenda on immigration and national security while assailing Democrats for endangering the country.
President Trump touched off a sharply partisan debate over some of the  most divisive issues in American life...
17 Oct 2017

Top Trump Official John Kelly Ordered ICE to Portray Immigrants as Criminals to Justify Raids

A directive to immigration officials across the country to try to portray undocumented immigrants swept up in mass raids as criminals  came directly from then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, The Intercept has learned. The redacted emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by students at Vanderbilt University Law School, show that while hundreds of undocumented immigrants were rounded up across the country, DHS officials tried — and largely failed — to engineer a narrative that would substantiate the administration’s claims that the raids were motivated by public safety concerns.
A directive to immigration officials across the country to try to portray undocumented immigrants swept up in mass...
5 Oct 2017

Internal Emails Show ICE Agents Struggling to Substantiate Trump’s Lies About Immigrants

As hundreds of undocumented immigrants were rounded up across the country last February in the first mass raids of the Trump  administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials went out  of their way to portray the people they detained as hardened criminals, instructing field offices to highlight the worst cases for the media and attempting to distract attention from the dozens of individuals who were apprehended despite having no criminal background at all.
As hundreds of undocumented immigrants were rounded up across the country last February in the first mass raids of...
30 Sep 2017

These Numbers Show Just How Bad Trump Has Been for Immigrants

Between January and July of this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal history skyrocketed by more than 200 percent, according to a Reuters analysis—jumping from 1,411 arrests in January to a whopping 4,399 in July. Arrests of immigrants with criminal records have also increased but by a much smaller margin of 17 percent.
Between January and July of this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
21 Sep 2017

‘Chuck and Nancy,’ Washington’s New Power Couple, Set Sights on Health Care

In a city where they hold no formal reins of power, the two are helping to set the agenda on Capitol Hill. They cut a fiscal deal with Mr. Trump, then reached a tentative agreement to protect young immigrants in the country illegally from deportation. Now they face a tougher test: Killing the latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and persuading the mercurial president to work with them to shore up shaky health insurance markets.
In a city where they hold no formal reins of power, the two are helping to set the agenda on...
15 Sep 2017

GOP’s Ryan dismisses potential DACA deal between Trump and Democrats

President Trump’s effort to strike an immigration deal with Democrats  attracted cautious support from lawmakers of both parties Thursday even as it prompted a swift backlash from scattered conservatives and an attempt by irritated Republican leaders to reassert their authority.
President Trump’s effort to strike an immigration deal with Democrats  attracted...
6 Sep 2017

Sessions’ DACA speech was full of nativist lies.

Many Republicans have made clear in recent weeks that they favor the basic policy DACA enshrined, and merely oppose its executive implementation. Sessions, who helped persuade Trump to kill the program, is not one of those Republicans. In his remarks, he directly denounced the very idea of granting any kind of amnesty to undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children through no fault of their own. At the heart of his speech were two lies, straight from Breitbart, explaining why DACA must end:
Many Republicans have made clear in recent weeks that they favor the basic policy DACA...

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5 Sep 2017

Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act

President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation and called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018. Referring to Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to immediately terminate DACA, Mr. Sessions said Tuesday’s action was what “the president had promised to do,” adding that Mr. Trump “has delivered to the American people.”But the announcement formally started the clock on revoking legal status from those protected under the five-year-old program.
President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young...
5 Sep 2017

Michigan’s Iraqi Chaldean community is fighting to protect dozens of people from deportation.

The Chaldeans of Michigan have a conservative history, consistently  supporting the Republican Party with votes and donations, and they voted heavily for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, helping him win Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence inspired many Chaldeans to show up at voting booths with unprecedented enthusiasm by promising to protect persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
The Chaldeans of Michigan have a conservative history, consistently  supporting the Republican Party with...
26 Aug 2017

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, Who Became Face of Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

Mr. Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who built a national reputation for his efforts to hunt and detain undocumented immigrants, had been convicted of criminal contempt.
Mr. Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who built a national reputation for his efforts to hunt and detain undocumented...
26 Aug 2017

Trump Mulls Stripping Legal Status From 800,000 Young Immigrants

President Donald Trump is “seriously considering”  killing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,  according to multiple reports. The exact timing remains uncertain, though immigration advocates are treating a decision as potentially imminent, perhaps as early as Friday. DACA has since 2012 extended legal status and work permits to more than 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Ending the program would make this population, known as the DREAMers, vulnerable to deportation.
President Donald Trump is “seriously considering”  killing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

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3 Aug 2017

Now Trump targets legal immigration, Urguing 50% reduction

President Trump embraced a proposal on Wednesday to slash legal immigration to  the United States in half within a decade by sharply curtailing the ability of American citizens and legal residents to bring family members into the country. Critics said the bill, which would cut legal immigration in half within a decade, would keep out badly needed low-wage workers.
President Trump embraced a proposal on Wednesday to slash legal immigration to  the...
21 Jul 2017

Trump lifted the cap on H-2B worker visas. Then his businesses asked for 76 of them.

This week, the Trump administration defied its “America First” rhetoric with a policy change that would make it easier for companies to hire guest workers from foreign countries. The Trump Organization is already poised to benefit from it. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security raised the cap on H-2B visas for foreign guest workersfrom 66,000 visas per year to 81,000. On Thursday — just three days later — Trump’s properties told the Department of Labor that they wanted approval to hire 76 guest workers using those visas. 
This week, the Trump administration defied its “America First” rhetoric with a policy change that would make it...
4 Jul 2017

Trump considers scrapping immigrant soldier scheme in move that could lead to deportations

The proposal to cancel the programme, which was established in 2009 to try and address a shortfall in specialised skills and language capabilities, was contained within a memo from Pentagon officials to  Defence Secretary James Mattis. The memo, obtained by NPR, cites concerns about security and inadequate vetting of recruits. Ms Stock, who now works as a lawyer in Anchorage, Alaska, said the decision would not only deny the military of a source of applicants with specialised skills, but was an act of bad faith.
The proposal to cancel the programme, which was established in 2009 to try and address a shortfall in...
2 Jul 2017

U.S. rejects travel visa for Afghan teenage girl robotics team

The  United States denied travel visas for six teenage girls from Afghanistan  looking to attend an international robotics competition in Washington,  D.C this month. The all-girl team from Herat, a city in western Afghanistan, applied for a one-week travel visa to attend the FIRST Global Challenge in mid-July. To interview for their visas, they had to travel about 500 miles to the U.S. embassy in Kabul. They made that trek a second time after their first application was rejected, but they were rejected yet again.
The  United States denied travel visas for six teenage girls from Afghanistan  looking to attend an...
2 Jul 2017

Tillerson Clashes With Second Top White House Aide On Immigration

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson clashed with senior White House aide Stephen Miller last week, according to a report  published Friday by Politico, in his second reported confrontation with a senior staffer in President Donald Trump’s administration. Politico reported Friday, citing four unnamed sources familiar with Tillerson’s and Miller’s exchange in the West Wing, that Miller wanted Tillerson to take a tougher tack to immigration and modify State Department-controlled programs.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson clashed with senior White House aide Stephen Miller last week, according to a...

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27 Jun 2017

Supreme Court Will Hear Travel Ban, Which Is Partly Reinstated

In a win for President Trump, the court said it would hear arguments in October on a case that sets the stage for a major ruling on presidential power. But those challenging the travel ban said the court’s opinion would protect the vast majority of people seeking to enter the United States to visit a relative, accept a job, attend a university or deliver a speech. The court said the travel ban could not be imposed on anyone who had “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
In a win for President Trump, the court said it would hear arguments in October on a case that sets the stage for a...
16 Jun 2017

Iraqi Christians targeted for deportation face ‘death sentence’ in Iraq, lawyers say

Iraqis are being swept up in immigration raids across the US and targeted for deportation by the Trump administration, in a crackdown attorneys and advocates described as a “death sentence” for members of Iraq’s Christian minority.
Iraqis are being swept up in immigration raids across the US and targeted for deportation by the Trump...
28 May 2017

DHS Public Database Includes Personal Information of Abuse Victims

The Trump administration's effort to highlight crimes committed by undocumented immigrants has become a nightmare for immigrant victims of abuse, with the personal information of undocumented victims appearing in a publicly searchable database launched last month by the Department of Homeland Security.
The Trump administration's effort to highlight crimes committed by undocumented immigrants has become a nightmare for...

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27 May 2017

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements,  the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates. Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States.
Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements,  the State Department this week...

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18 May 2017

Immigration arrests up 38% nationwide under Trump

In the 100 days since President Trump signed an executive order to enhance immigration enforcement, the arrests of undocumented immigrants  is up 38% from the same time period in 2016, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released Wednesday.
In the 100 days since President Trump signed an executive order to enhance immigration enforcement, the arrests of...
12 May 2017

Trump Is Said to Pick Voter ID Advocate for Election Fraud Panel

President Trump plans to name Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of  state who has pressed for aggressive measures to crack down on undocumented immigrants, to a long-promised commission to investigate voting fraud in the United States, a White House official said on Thursday.
President Trump plans to name Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of  state who has pressed for aggressive...

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8 May 2017

Trump immigration policy spurs ire at Kentucky Derby: ‘We can’t find workers’

A dark cloud has been hanging over the Kentucky Derby this weekend as horse trainers have made public their anger at Trump’s immigration policies, which they say are hurting the Kentucky Derby, the US’s most glamorous horse racing event.  “We can’t find workers this year – it’s been tough,” says Julio Rubio of the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. “Most of the workers we have at the track won’t even leave to go out at night to buy groceries because they are so scared of being deported.”
A dark cloud has been hanging over the Kentucky Derby this weekend as horse trainers have made public their anger...
4 May 2017

“Trump Says We Don’t Have To Let You In:” Report Says U.S. Border Officials Are Turning Away Asylum Seekers

Three times this winter a Honduran woman named Alma went to U.S. officials at the border between Reynosa, Mexico and Hidalgo, Texas, to ask for asylum for herself and her three children. She had fled Honduras because her other child had been killed by gang members, and she had brought documentation to prove it, but three times she was told by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that she would have to wait in Mexico. In February, the family was kidnapped.
Three times this winter a Honduran woman named Alma went to U.S. officials at the border between Reynosa, Mexico...
29 Apr 2017

Trump Targets Undocumented Families, Not Felons, in First 100 Days

The Trump administration’s decision to target families and longtime residents for deportation diverts resources from criminal investigations. The Trump administration’s approach to immigration enforcement has leaned heavily on a combination of bellicose language and hard-line directives effective at driving intense fear into immigrant communities. Beyond that, advocates and former U.S. immigration officials say, the White House agenda is basically a rehashing of some of the most counterproductive policies of the Obama administration, married to a series of mind-boggling and at times hypocritical proposals that threaten to plunge the already broken immigration system into further disarray, all while undermining public safety in the very areas it seeks to improve.
The Trump administration’s decision to target families and longtime residents for deportation diverts resources from...
27 Apr 2017

Immigrants With No Criminal Record Are Now Being Arrested At Twice the Rate

Under the Trump administration, immigration enforcement has become increasingly unfocused. Rather than prioritizing the apprehension and removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes, enforcement personnel are now scooping up anyone who is deportable for any reason. This lack of prioritization has translated into a surge in immigration-related arrests across the board.
Under the Trump administration, immigration enforcement has become increasingly unfocused. Rather than prioritizing the...

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26 Apr 2017

Judge Blocks Trump Effort to Withhold Money From Sanctuary Cities

A federal judge in California on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold funding from cities that limit  their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, another setback for President Trump in what is shaping up to be a long season of litigation surrounding the clash between the White House and so-called sanctuary cities.
A federal judge in California on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold funding...

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19 Apr 2017

Why Trump’s latest speech is a big deal for Silicon Valley

Tech companies have a lot at stake. The United States admits 85,000 people into the country each year on H-1B visas, 20,000 of whom are graduate student workers. But Trump says companies exploit the system to the disadvantage of American workers.
Tech companies have a lot at stake. The United States admits 85,000 people into the country each year on H-1B visas,...
7 Apr 2017

Mother of four to be deported to Mexico in sign of Trump policy shift

Maribel Trujillo has been told that her deportation is set for next Tuesday from the US, where she has lived for the past 15 years. Her  rushed removal is one of the starkest examples yet of Donald Trump’s  push to catch and deport undocumented immigrants who previously were tolerated by the authorities as law-abiding and peaceful members of society.
Maribel Trujillo has been told that her deportation is set for next Tuesday from the US, where she has lived for the...
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