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IMMIGRATION POLICIES, ANALYSIS, AND RESOURCES

The Immigration Domain tracks and reports on policies that deal with illegal and legal immigration, refugee resettlement and sanctuary cities. This domain tracks policies emanating from the White House, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US Border Patrol, and state and city government policies that respond to federal policies. Our Principal Analyst is Allie Blum who can be reached at allie@usresistnews.org.

Latest Immigration Posts

 

DHS Ends TPS for 9,000 Nepalis

Brief #52 Immigration April 24, 2018 Policy Summary On Tuesday, April 24, The Washington Post reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is once again ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 9,000 Nepalis living in the United States legally under the...

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Third Federal Judge Upholds DACA

Brief #50 Immigration Policy Summary On Wednesday, April 25, Judge John D. Bates became the third federal judge to uphold the DACA program, dealing a blow to Trump’s hard-lined anti-immigration policies, calling the administration’s decision to terminate the program...

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Trump Announces Quotas for Immigration Judges

On Monday, April 2, the Justice Department announced that it will be instating quotas for immigration judges to fill in order to process cases faster. Immigration judges will be expected to clear a minimum of 700 cases per year in order to keep their jobs.

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Trump Says ‘NO MORE DACA DEAL!’

On Easter Sunday, before entering services, Trump took to Twitter to announce that there would be “no more DACA deal.” Speaking with reporters before going to church, Trump cited that an influx of Mexican border crossings, for which he has no evidence to back up, put a wrench in the deal…

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Special Legal Status Ended for Liberian Community

On Tuesday, March 27, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration will be terminating Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for the Liberian community. DED is a non-specific temporary immigration status that enables citizens from countries around the world experiencing conflict, natural disaster, or disease to live and work in the United States while the home country’s government restores living conditions.

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Texas Laws Against Sanctuary Cities Upheld in Federal Court

On Tuesday, March 13, The Hill reported that a “federal appeals court ruled that most of Texas’ laws targeting so-called sanctuary cities can remain in effect.” The ruling specifically upholds Senate Bill 4, enabling law enforcement to inquire about individuals’ immigration status upon detainment.

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Trump Administration Sues California Over Sanctuary Policies

On Tuesday, March 6, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration is suing the State of California, its Governor Jerry Brown (D), and its Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D), over three recently passed pieces of legislation, referred to as “sanctuary laws,” that have “made it impossible for federal immigration…

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DHS Ends TPS for 9,000 Nepalis

Brief #52 Immigration

April 24, 2018

Policy Summary

On Tuesday, April 24, The Washington Post reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is once again ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 9,000 Nepalis living in the United States legally under the program. DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen is allowing Nepali THS recipients to remain in the country for one year before they are forcibly removed, setting the official termination date to June 24, 2019. Nepalis now joins the ranks of Nicaraguans, Haitians, Liberians, and Salvadorans, who will also face deportation in 2018 and 2019 as DHS ends TPS for these populations as well. 9,000 citizens of Nepal came to the United States in 2015 after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake ravaged the South Asian republic, killing nearly 9,000 people, injuring 23,000 more, and destroying over 800,000 homes.

Analysis

The decision to end TPS for the Nepalis community has received less pushback than the decision to end TPS for Nicaraguans, Haitians,  Liberians and Salvadorans last year and earlier this year. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the population of Nepalis living in the US under TPS is considerably smaller than those from the aforementioned nations, and that most Nepalis are living in a concentrated area, settling in New York City. However, while this decision effects less people and may have a smaller geo-economic impact, the implications still matter; it is yet another moved made by the Trump administration to cleanse the US of immigrants for unfounded, bigoted, and unjust reasons.

Engagement Resources

Act with America’s Voice: America’s Voice is a progressive immigration reform nonprofit that advocates for full and equal rights of all immigrants. The organization runs numerous campaignsmaps incidents of hate against people of color, and assists with voter registration, amongst other activities essential to promoting equity for immigrant lives in the United States. You can make a contribution to America’s Voice here.

Support the Center for Migration Studies:  The Center for Migration Studies is a think-tank and educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers. You can support the institute through purchasing its publications or attending an event.

Stay Up to Date with the National Immigration Forum:  The National Immigration Forum is a DC-based nonprofit that leads the nation in constructive conversation and advocacy for the value of immigrants and immigration. The Forum is currently running a program called Immigration 2020, a multi-constituency effort to ensure that new Americans have the opportunities, skills, and status they need to contribute to the United States and realize their maximum potential. Join the organization’s email list to stay up date on all things related to immigration policy.

Conservative SCOTUS Justices Appear to Be in Favor of Trump Travel Ban

Brief #51 Immigration

April 25, 2018

Policy Summary

On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard arguments over the Trump Travel ban in the case of Trump v. Hawaii. This case is going to decide if the third iteration of Trump’s travel ban is constitutional. The third and most current revision of the ban currently in place bars citizens from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela from entering the country. (Chad was on the third travel ban but was removed before arguments in front of the Supreme Court took place.) SCOTUS is specifically taking a look at the restrictions placed on travelers from the first five of the seven aforementioned countries.

After the arguments, National Public Radio and The Washington Post both reported that Conservative SCOTUS justices appear to be siding with the Trump administration on the constitutionality of the travel ban. This notion is drawn largely from claims made by Justice Kennedy, who is often SCOTUS swing vote in spite of his conservative nature. Justice Kennedy repeatedly stated that the Court does not tend to question national security decisions made by a president, who tends to have more up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge on contemporary national security issues.

The Court is expected to release its decision on Trump v. Hawaii in early June.

Analysis

While Justice Kennedy isn’t wrong when he claims that the President in all likelihood has more insider knowledge on national security issues than the SCOTUS, it seems that he is neglecting to consider that it is up to him and the rest of the Supreme Court to decide on the constitutionality of the ban and not to decide the depth of the President’s knowledge on the topic of national security. The ban is solely founded on anti-Muslim sentiments fueled by false claims that all Muslims from the banned countries are terrorists and pose a threat to the security of the United States. If the Court rules in favor of Trump, it is upholding the fear-mongering tactics Trump has used to garner support for the ban, threatening American democracy, tolerance, and against Trump’s false word, safety.

Engagement Resources

Act with ACLU ActionACLU Action enables people to sign petitions and contact their representatives regarding pressing social and political matters. Through ACLU Action, you can add your name to the petition to call on Congress to rescind the travel ban immediately.

Support the National Immigration Law Center: Since 1979, NILC has been exclusively dedicated to defending immigrants with low income. Through impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic communications, NILC advances the rights of those who came here in search of a better life. You can support NILC’s mission by donating or attending one of their training or educational events.

Stay Up to Date with the National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is a DC-based nonprofit that leads the nation in constructive conversation and advocacy for the value of immigrants and immigration. The Forum is currently running a program called Immigration 2020, a multi-constituency effort to ensure that new Americans have the opportunities, skills, and status they need to contribute to the United States and realize their maximum potential. Join the organization’s email list to stay update on all things related to immigration policy.

 

Third Federal Judge Upholds DACA

Brief #50 Immigration

Policy Summary

On Wednesday, April 25, Judge John D. Bates became the third federal judge to uphold the DACA program, dealing a blow to Trump’s hard-lined anti-immigration policies, calling the administration’s decision to terminate the program capricious. In his decision, Judge Bates cited that the move to end DACA was unlawful because no rationale was provided in ending the program. Judge Bates gave the Department of Homeland Security 90 days to come up with a reason or reasons as to why DACA should be made illegal, otherwise the program will stand and DHS will be forced to accept and process DACA renewal applications.

Analysis

Once again, DACA recipients and immigration advocates can take a sigh of relief that federal judges are upholding the legality and necessity of the program, enabling Dreamers to remain in America as they continue to go to school, work, raise their families, and generally speaking, live their lives. Judge Bates was explicit in his demands for DHS to come up with a sound argument as to why DACA should be illegal, slapping a three-month timeframe on the demand, creating a sense of urgency for DHS, and in doing so became an advocate for Dreamers all over the country. However, Dreamers, their families, and advocates alike are going to have to monitor DHS over the next three months to act and react to how the administration may attempt to undermine DACA, and in doing so, threaten Dreamers and the American Dream, once again.

 Engagement Resources

Support Here to Stay: Here to Stay is a campaign run by United We Dream aimed at defending DACA. The organization hosts local Defend DACA rallies and other events, holds community calls, and provides resources for understanding DACA, as well as mental health resources for anyone who is affected by Trump’s decision to end DACA.

Take Action with the National Immigration Law Center: Since 1979, NILC has been exclusively dedicated to defending immigrants with low income. Through impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic communications, NILC advances the rights of those who came here in search of a better life. You can help NILC advance its mission by donating or attending one of their training or educational events.

Show Your Solidarity with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center: ILRC is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, as well as engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights. You can show your solidarity with ILRC by making a contribution to the center or attending a virtual or in-person ILRC training.

Trump Announces Quotas for Immigration Judges

Brief #46 Immigration

Policy Summary

On Monday, April 2, the Justice Department announced that it will be instating quotas for immigration judges to fill in order to process cases faster. Immigration judges will be expected to clear a minimum of 700 cases per year in order to keep their jobs. Of these 700 some cases, judges can only refer 15% or less of cases to higher courts, which typically prolongs the process of deportation in the event that an immigrant is to be removed from the country. On top of these measures, judges will be penalized if they schedule cases too far apart from one another.

These new measures are part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ promise to tighten immigration enforcement and clear a backlog of 600,000 pending cases at the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EIOR). Director of EOIR James McHenry said the quota will “encourage efficient and effective case management while preserving immigration judge discretion and due process.”

Analysis

The first concern raised by the implementation of quotas is a judge’s ability to remain impartial during court cases. Judges worry that due process will be violated if they are rushing through cases merely to receive a ‘satisfactory’ on an annual review. Justice is undermined when judges are pressured to meet metrics backed by anti-immigrant sentiments, which is precisely what Attorney General Sessions has championed as the country’s chief law enforcement officer and throughout his decades-long career in the Senate.

Equally concerning, immigrant judges and advocates alike feel that the implementation of the quota was created solely to rush the deportation of all immigrants going through Immigration Court, regardless of what circumstances brought them to the United States and what they’ve contributed to the fabric of the country’s economy and culture since arriving in the US.

It won’t be surprising if immigration judges pushback on this new measure given the legal implications and complications that could arise from instating quotas, but for now the implementation stands.

Engagement Resources

Support the National Immigrant Justice Center: Immigrant Justice protects human rights and provides access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. A project of the Heartland Alliance, a Chicago-based nonprofit working in the areas of health, housing, and human care, Immigrant Justice champions the human rights of immigrants through providing quality, low-cost legal services, improving the immigrant legal system simultaneously. Learn how you can help advance Immigrant Justice’s work here.

Show Your Solidarity with The New Americans Campaign: The New Americans Campaign is a national, nonpartisan network of immigrant organizations, legal service providers, faith-based organizations, faith-based organizations, immigrant rights groups, foundations, and community leaders. A project by the Immigration Legal Resource Center, the campaign is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance. Click here to support the campaign.

Stay Informed with the National Association of Immigrant Judges: NAIJ is a voluntary organization of the United States Immigration Judges. The mission of NAIJ is to promote independence and enhance the professionalism, dignity, and efficiency of Immigrant Courts. To stay up-to-date on all things related to Immigration Court news, check out to the NAIJ news page.

Trump Says ‘NO MORE DACA DEAL!’

Policy Summary

On Easter Sunday, before entering services, Trump took to Twitter to announce that there would be “no more DACA deal.” Speaking with reporters before going to church, Trump cited that an influx of Mexican border crossings, for which he has no evidence to back up, put a wrench in the deal; that Hondurans caravanning through Mexico are crossing to take advantage of the program, and that Democrats “blew their great chance” of securing the future of dreamers.

Analysis

The tweet prompting discussion on DACA expressed frustrations with “ridiculous liberal laws” preventing Border Patrol Agents from doing their jobs, indicating that “no more DACA deal” is a retaliation towards Democrats, as well as a gross misunderstanding of what’s actually going on at the US-Mexican border. First and foremost, illegal border crossings are at a 46 year low, according to a Department of Homeland Security study. This would negate the notion that Border Patrol Agents aren’t able to do their jobs, as well as the idea that the influx of Latin Americans entering the United States illegally en masse. Secondly, the “caravans” Trump speaks of are groups of Hondurans migrating to Mexico City, ending their foot travels to safety there. Unfounded rhetoric like the content of this tweet is what continues to stoke anti-immigrant sentiments in the US that are founded upon false truths. Nevertheless, in the wake of Trump’s twitter tirade, the fate of DACA remains largely uncertain.

Engagement Resources

Get Involved with Here to Stay: Here to Stay is a campaign run by United We Dream aimed at defending DACA. The organization hosts local Defend DACA rallies and other events, holds community calls, and provides resources for understanding DACA, as well as mental health resources for anyone who is affected by Trump’s decision to end DACA.

Support the Center for Migration Studies: The Center for Migration Studies is a New York-based think tank that conducts crucial research on international migration patterns. The Center publishes journals, sponsors events, produces research for policy recommendations, partners with faith-based institutions to support migrants, and maintains migration archives. You can support the Center by donating here.

Contact Your Representative: Tell your representative how you feel about DACA! Click this link to find out who your representatives are and how you can contact them.

Trump Administration to Add Citizenship Question to Census; California Sues

Policy Summary

On Monday, March 26, The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration will be adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census. This decision was made at the request of  the Department of Justice, which wrote to the Census Bureau in December of 2017 asking that a citizenship question be reinstated to “provide census block level citizenship voting age population data (CVAP).” CVAP data is used to determine any violations to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, according to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

Following this announcement, the State of California sued the Trump administration, citing that the citizenship question is unconstitutional.

Analysis

The problem with the citizenship question is twofold: 1) it intimidates undocumented immigrants out of participating in the census; and 2) results of the census can be skewed to unfairly favor the GOP. Should undocumented immigrants abstain from participating in the 2020 Census for fear of deportation or other reasons surrounding the citizenship question, population numbers in urban areas where undocumented immigrants are most populous will fall. This impacts partisan politics because the census determines who draws district lines at the state level. State legislatures draw their own district lines in accordance with census data. The party in control of a state’s legislature is afforded the power to redraw the district lines after census data comes out in order to make sure that districts are near equal in population number, which is required at the state level. By deterring undocumented immigrants from participating in the 2020 census, urban populations will decline and districts will have to be redrawn to include suburban and even rural populations in the same district as urban ones. Because rural populations tend to be Republican, districts that are typically blue may become red following the 2020 census. Because some conservative Republicans have aired on the side of hard-lined immigration policies, more red districts could mean more unwarranted deportations for undocumented immigrants.

Engagement Resources

Act with America’s Voice: America’s Voice is a progressive immigration reform nonprofit that advocates for full and equal rights of all immigrants. The organization runs numerous campaigns, maps incidents of hate against people of color, and assists with voter registration, amongst other activities essential to promoting equity for immigrant lives in the United States. You can make a contribution to America’s Voice here.

Support the New Americans Campaign: The New Americans Campaign is a national, nonpartisan network of immigrant organizations, legal service providers, faith-based organizations, faith-based organizations, immigrant rights groups, foundations, and community leaders. A project by the Immigration Legal Resource Center, the campaign is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance. Click here to support the campaign.

Stay Up to Date with the National Immigration Forum:  The National Immigration Forum is a DC-based nonprofit that leads the nation in constructive conversation and advocacy for the value of immigrants and immigration. The Forum is currently running a program called Immigration 2020, a multi-constituency effort to ensure that new Americans have the opportunities, skills, and status they need to contribute to the United States and realize their maximum potential. Join the organization’s email list to stay up date on all things related to immigration policy.

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This brief was compiled by Principal Immigration News Analyst Allie Blum. For questions or comments, you can reach her at allie@usresistnews.org.

Special Legal Status Ended for Liberian Community

Policy Summary

On Tuesday, March 27, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration will be terminating Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for the Liberian community. DED is a non-specific temporary immigration status that enables citizens from countries around the world experiencing conflict, natural disaster, or disease to live and work in the United States while the home country’s government restores living conditions. DED status was first granted to Liberians by President Bill Clinton in 1999 following the outbreak of Liberia’s second civil war, which lasted until 2003. Presidents George W. Bush  was the first to grant DED to Liberians as the country recovered from war, only to be raptured again by an Ebola outbreak in 2014. DED status will end for the Liberian community as of March 31, 2018. By that date next year, all will be forced back to Liberia. President Trump terminated DED for Liberians citing improved conditions in the country.

Liberians now join the ranks of  Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Salvadoran communities that face deportation from the United States in 2019 (January for Haitians, July for Nicaraguans, and September for Salvadorans, respectively). These groups are being forcibly removed from the US following the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a similar program to DED that enables citizens of other countries to seek refuge and employment in the United States while the home country heals from natural or man-made disaster.

While the exact number of Liberians living in the US under DED is not known, an estimated 800,000 Liberians were displaced by the civil war, some fleeing to the United States.

Analysis

The picture Trump paints of a stable, prosperous, livable Liberia contrasts the reality of the country’s conditions, according to the Liberian community and its advocates. While armed conflict has ceased, this does not change the fact that Liberians in the US under DED have started businesses and families and are important contributors to local and national economies. Like the Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Salvadoran populations in a similar predicament, many Liberians gave birth to children here, and those children are US citizens. Do they abandon their children at the hands of the Trump administration, or do they bring their children to an unfamiliar land?

The decision to end DED for Liberians further demonstrates Trumps commitment to purging immigrant communities with unfounded reasoning. As the country braces to say goodbye to hundreds of thousands of immigrants next calendar year, the social, political, and economic repercussions will be felt in all corners of this country and throughout the world.

Engagement Resources

Act with America’s Voice: America’s Voice is a progressive immigration reform nonprofit that advocates for full and equal rights of all immigrants. The organization runs numerous campaigns, maps incidents of hate against people of color, and assists with voter registration, amongst other activities essential to promoting equity for immigrant lives in the United States. You can make a contribution to America’s Voice here.

Support the Center for Migration Studies:  The Center for Migration Studies is a think-tank and educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers. You can support the institute through purchasing its publications or attending an event.

Stay Up to Date with the National Immigration Forum:  The National Immigration Forum is a DC-based nonprofit that leads the nation in constructive conversation and advocacy for the value of immigrants and immigration. The Forum is currently running a program called Immigration 2020, a multi-constituency effort to ensure that new Americans have the opportunities, skills, and status they need to contribute to the United States and realize their maximum potential. Join the organization’s email list to stay up date on all things related to immigration policy.

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This brief was compiled by USRESISTNEWS Analyst Allie Blum: allie@usresistnews.org.

 

 

Texas Laws Against Sanctuary Cities Upheld in Federal Court

Policy Summary

On Tuesday, March 13, The Hill reported that a “federal appeals court ruled that most of Texas’ laws targeting so-called sanctuary cities can remain in effect.” The ruling specifically upholds Senate Bill 4, enabling law enforcement to inquire about individuals’ immigration status upon detainment. The bill goes further against sanctuary city policies by punishing local government officials who refuse to turn over immigrants in custody to federal immigration enforcement agents. This decision comes to just one week after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would be suing the State of California over a number of bills preserving sanctuary cities.

Analysis

While this ruling affects state-level policy in Texas, it also signifies a win for Trump and other immigration hardliners. The intolerance for immigration stoked by rulings like this and rhetoric by the administration is harmful to the whole country—not just immigrant communities. From breaking up families to breaking down local economies, policies opposing sanctuary cities are unfounded and inherently against public interest. In weeks that follow, immigration activists will be watching closely to see how this ruling is implemented, and will not stand idly by if the implementation results in the unjust removal of immigrants.

Engagement Resources

Show Your Solidarity with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center: The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights. You can support the center by donating or attending one of their virtual or in-person trainings.

Act with America’s Voice: America’s Voice is a progressive immigration reform nonprofit that advocates for full and equal rights of all immigrants. The organization runs numerous campaigns, maps incidents of hate against people of color, and assists with voter registration, amongst other activities essential to promoting equity for immigrant lives in the United States. You can make a contribution to America’s Voice here.

Support the New Americans Campaign: The New Americans Campaign is a national, nonpartisan network of immigrant organizations, legal service providers, faith-based organizations, faith-based organizations, immigrant rights groups, foundations, and community leaders. A project by the Immigration Legal Resource Center, the campaign is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance. Click here to support the campaign.

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This brief was compiled by Principal Immigration News Analyst Allie Blum. For questions or comments, you can reach her at allie@usresistnews.org.

 

 

Trump Administration Sues California Over Sanctuary Policies

March 6, 2018

Summary

On Tuesday, March 6, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration is suing the State of California, its Governor Jerry Brown (D), and its Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D), over three recently passed pieces of legislation, referred to as “sanctuary laws,” that have “made it impossible for federal immigration officials to do their jobs and deport criminals who were born outside of the United States” (New York Times). Specifically, the lawsuit seeks to render the Immigration Worker Protection Act (AB 450), Assembly Bill 103, and the California Values Act (SB 54) unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court in Sacramento.

Analysis

California has the largest immigrant population in the United States as of 2012, according to the Pew Research Center, so it is no wonder that the state has gone to greater lengths than others to protect the rights and interests of its immigrant residents through the passage of sanctuary laws. These laws, however, contradict and threaten the populist, nationalist, hateful rhetoric and political action spearheaded by Trump and Sessions. By putting the federal government at odds with the State of California, the Trump administration continues to polarize government at all levels, fostering an increasingly toxic and dangerous political climate.

In this particular instance, the California Values Act, which was signed into law by Governor Brown in October of 2017, seems to have been the straw that broke Trump’s back, for he threatened to pull Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials from the state following the bill’s passage. This lawsuit could be an indication of precedent: when Trump doesn’t get his way, he sues.

For the most part, federal judges have been crucial in blocking some of Trump’s most outlandish immigration policy, particularly as it pertains to the phase-out of DACA. As the litigation unfolds, Californians and non-Californians alike in favor of progressive (and quite frankly—fair) immigration policies will vigorously advocate for these policies to remain in place. In the event that the ruling is in favor of the plaintiff (Trump), the results could be devastating, leading to the deportation of thousands of people across California. Should the ruling be in favor of the defendants, however, it will signify to the President and his administration that the country is losing tolerance for unfounded hate.

Engagement Resources

  • Show Your Solidarity with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center: The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights. You can support the center by donating or attending one of their virtual or in-person trainings.
  • Act with America’s Voice: America’s Voice is a progressive immigration reform nonprofit that advocates for full and equal rights of all immigrants. The organization runs numerous campaigns, maps incidents of hate against people of color, and assists with voter registration, amongst other activities essential to promoting equity for immigrant lives in the United States. You can make a contribution to America’s Voice here.
  • Support the New Americans Campaign: The New Americans Campaign is a national, nonpartisan network of immigrant organizations, legal service providers, faith-based organizations, faith-based organizations, immigrant rights groups, foundations, and community leaders. A project by the Immigration Legal Resource Center, the campaign is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance. Click here to support the campaign.

This brief was compiled by Allie Blum. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact allie@usresistnews.org.


 

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Trump Threatens to Pull ICE Officers Out of California

February 22, 2018

Summary

On Thursday, February 22, the Washington Post reported that a very frustrated Trump threatened to pull Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials from the state of California as punishment for the “lousy job” the state has been doing to crackdown on illegal immigration per administration standards.

Last December, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed the California Values Act into law. This law prohibits local officials from inquiring about the status of one’s immigration, but does not infringe upon the ability of ICE officials to do their jobs. Trump finds this policy to be problematic, as he finds “sanctuary city” related policies to be problematic.

Analysis

While this isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last of Trump’s outlandish threats and claims related to immigration policy, it is nevertheless concerning that he continues to casually spew rhetoric that would endanger the lives of American citizens, immigrants and non-immigrants alike. The tone that he has set for political incorrectness has trickled down to every level of government, in communities, in schools, and even in some workplaces. As we continue to advocate for fair and equal treatment of our immigrant communities, we must remain vigilant and respond appropriately to the claims Trump makes.

Engagement Resources

  • Act with America’s Voice: America’s Voice is a progressive immigration reform nonprofit that advocates for full and equal rights of all immigrants. The organization runs numerous campaigns, maps incidents of hate against people of color, and assists with voter registration, amongst other activities essential to promoting equity for immigrant lives in the United States. You can make a contribution to America’s Voice here.
  • Support the New Americans Campaign: The New Americans Campaign is a national, nonpartisan network of immigrant organizations, legal service providers, faith-based organizations, faith-based organizations, immigrant rights groups, foundations, and community leaders. A project by the Immigration Legal Resource Center, the campaign is committed to connecting lawful permanent residents to trusted legal assistance. Click here to support the campaign.
  • Stay Up to Date with the National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is a DC-based nonprofit that leads the nation in constructive conversation and advocacy for the value of immigrants and immigration. The Forum is currently running a program called Immigration 2020, a multi-constituency effort to ensure that new Americans have the opportunities, skills, and status they need to contribute to the United States and realize their maximum potential. Join the organization’s email list to stay up to date on all things related to immigration policy.

This brief was compiled by Allie Blum. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact allie@usresistnews.org.


 

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