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Attorney General William Barr Orders Withholding of Bail From Asylum Seekers

According to reporting from The New York Times, President’s Trump new Attorney General William Barr has issued a new order that could result in the denial of bail to thousands of asylum seekers — just the latest in a long line of attacks on immigrant rights by the Trump Administration. In this article, our Los…

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Responds to President Trump’s Illegal Plan to Release Detained Immigrant in “Sanctuary Cities”

NBC Los Angeles reports that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing back strongly against President Trump’s unlawful “plan” to release detained immigrants strictly in “sanctuary cities”. In recent weeks, the President has taken to Twitter and announced that his administration is exploring the option of transporting detained immigrants directly to sanctuary jurisdictions. As explained…

A California Judge Halted the Trump Administration’s ‘Wait-in-Mexico’ Policy — But the Ninth Circuit Temporarily Blocked the Ruling

As reported by The Washington Post, Judge Richard Seeborg, a federal judge from San Francisco, ruled that the Trump Administration’s ‘Wait-in-Mexico’ policy for asylum-seekers violates key provisions of federal immigration law. In recent months, the Trump Administration has been forcing many asylum-seekers to return to Mexico while they were awaiting their court date. However, on…

Green Card Holders are Being Denied U.S. Citizenship Because of Jobs in the Marijuana Industry

Marijuana laws are in a state of flux. According to information from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), recreational marijuana is legal, in some form, in approximately a dozen U.S. states, including in California. However, marijuana remains strictly illegal under federal law. While the cannabis industry is growing rapidly, the federal prohibition on marijuana…

Exclusive Reuters Report: Only Six Percent of Travel Ban ‘Waivers’ Have Been Granted

The Supreme Court upheld a revised version of President Trump’s travel ban, in part, because the administration included a waiver system. Through the waiver process, people who were subject to the ban could still enter the United State if they met certain basic criteria, including demonstrating that the denial of travel would cause them an…

Long-Time U.S. Resident and Mother of Four Helped Prosecutors Put a Rapist in Jail; She Was Still Deported By ICE

According to reporting from The Nation, a 39-year-old mother from Michigan was deported to Mexico after nearly two decades in the United States. What makes this story especially heart wrenching is that she worked directly with American law enforcement by testifying against the man who sexually assaulted her, which helped prosecutors obtain a conviction and…

Report: Some California Law Enforcement Agencies are Circumventing the State’s Sanctuary State Legislation

In October of 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 54 into law. Often referred to as California’s ‘sanctuary state’ law, SB 54 puts considerable limits on how state and local law enforcement agencies can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agencies. According to reporting from CityLab, new data reveals that the law has had a…

Confusion at the U.S.-Mexico Border; ICE is Unable to Answer Basic Questions About Trump Administration’s New Asylum Policy

According to reporting from Colorlines, legal representatives for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are struggling to answer many basic questions about the Trump Administration’s so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers. Desperate migrants who are seeking asylum in Southern California are increasingly being forced to deal with a confusing and potentially dangerous…

Flight Attendant With DACA Released After Spending More than a Month in an Immigration Detention Facility

According to reporting from NBC News, Selene Saavedra Roman — a 28-year-old flight attendant from Phoenix, Arizona — has finally been released after spending more than a month in an immigration detention facility. An enrollee in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Ms. Saavedra Roman arrived in the United States when she was…

Conservative Supreme Court Overturns Ninth Circuit (5-4); Reinforces Government’s Power to Detain and Deport Immigrants

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of the Trump Administration and against immigrant rights groups in a dispute over the federal government’s right to detain immigrants without a hearing. In a split decision, the Court’s conservative majority protected the power of federal…
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