Immigration News


“The Trump Administration has enacted the harshest immigration policies in a century, but it has also reached the outer limits of what any government can legally do to stem immigration. The courts have blocked a number of the President’s signature initiatives, from his family-separation policy to a Presidential proclamation banning asylum. In response, the Administration has planned more aggressive enforcement measures, but none of them has changed regional migration flows.”
Jonathan Blitzer, staff writer for the New Yorker

The unlawful ambitions of Donald Trump’s immigration policy, 4/17/19

Trump and his aide Stephen Miller see the “credible fear” interview asylum seekers are entitled to under U.S. law as a loophole that needs to be close.

Under Trump, immigration enforcement dominates Homeland Security mission, 4/17/19

One more account of Trump’s firing of Kirstjen Nielsen as head of DHS: she spent too much time working on cybersecurity, not on closing the border.

In new effort to deter migrants, Barr withholds bail to asylum seekers, 4/16/19

U.S. law says you can ask for asylum even if you’re in the country illegally. We’ll see what the courts say about the attorney general’s latest decree.

Bonus Item

“Alone: A snapshot of family separation through the eyes of a child.”

This four-minute video from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service shows what it feels like to be separated from your parents and placed in foster care