Immigration News

Bipartisan negotiators in Congress are nearing a compromise deal on border wall funding. Trump is not likely to get the full $5.7 billion he’s been demanding for his wall.  The wild card is Trump himself. No one knows whether he will accept the agreement negotiated on Capitol Hill.

Wait a minute. Did Trump say he wants to increase legal immigration in his State of the Union speech? Could this be a sudden reversal of his immigration stance? Political commentator Ron Brownstein doesn’t buy it.

Brownstein says Trump’s “praise for legal immigration, though distorting his record, provided a critical buttress for that case: It allowed him to suggest that his motivation for the wall isn’t resisting immigration per se, only illegal and dangerous behavior. The truth, though, is that the wall is itself only one brick in a much larger structure aimed at restricting most kinds of immigration.”

In his State of the Union address, Trump’s primary argument for a wall is that a flood of illegal immigrants crossing at the Mexican border is driving up crime across the country. But the data from several studies show that this presumption is just plain wrong.

An interview about DACA with Janet Napolitano. As President Obama’s Secretary for Homeland Security, she signed the memo in 2012 that allowed the DACA Dreamers – undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children – to remain in the USA legally. The Trump administration has challenged the legality of DACA in court, and the issue will almost certainly wind up at the Supreme Court in a year or two. Janet Napolitano’s take on the principle that established DACA is that it’s standard procedure, known as “prosecutorial discretion,” for the executive branch of government to decide on prosecution priorities.

Undocumented immigrants who have children born in the USA often face an excruciating choice if detained by ICE. Since the children are American citizens and not subject to deportation, the parents can turn them over to a legal guardian in the USA or to the USG, which is likely to put them into foster care. Now the states of Maryland and New York have passed laws that would allow immigrants who fear they are at risk of deportation to assign a “standby guardian” for their children. If a parent is deported or arrested, their children could legally stay with that person.

Supreme Court declines to hear Trump’s appeal of an appeals court injunction allowing the DACA Dreamers to stay in USA. This means the Dreamers – undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children – are likely safe till 2020.

Four women from a group called No More Death who placed food and water in the Arizona desert for migrants have been convicted of violating a federal law by entering a wildlife refuge without a permit.

Trump’s latest immigration proposal is no compromise. It would greatly restrict asylum seekers and put caps on the number of asylum requests granted each year.

The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court for an expedited review of its plan to place a question asking about citizenship status on the 2020 U.S. Census.  A federal district court judge had ruled last week that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s plan for the new question had violated both “public trust” in the census process and the Administrative Procedure Act.

Data show crime rates drop in “sanctuary” counties. Why? Immigrants are not afraid to cooperate with police

“The facts have not changed. Building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border. Each section of the border faces unique geographical, cultural, and technological challenges that would be best addressed with a flexible, sector-by-sector approach that empowers the agents on the ground with the resources they need. A wall may be an effective tool in densely populated areas, but a variety of tools are needed between Brownsville, Texas and San Diego, California.  The 23rd District of Texas, which I represent, has over 800 miles of the border, more than any other Member of Congress, and it is impossible to build a physical wall in much of its terrain. Big Bend National Park and many areas in my district are perfect examples of where a wall is unnecessary and would negatively impact the environment, private property rights, and economy. There is no question that we must secure our border, but we need an intelligence-led approach in order to effectively combat the 19 criminal organizations currently operating in Mexico.”

This is an excellent, three-minute video that delineates the racist roots of U.S. immigration laws.