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Trump Administration Slashes Refugee Cap Again — Down to a Historic Low of 18,000

According to reporting from The Washington Post, the Trump Administration is set to cut the refugee limit down to 18,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. Not only has President Trump slashed the number of refugees every year that he has been in office, but this will be the lowest cap in the nearly 40-year history…

Trump Administration Puts Nearly 60,000 Immigration Cases on the “Fast Track” — Los Angeles is One of Ten Cities Included in the Pilot Program

According to reporting from PBS NewsHour, the Trump Administration has rolled out a new pilot program — putting more than 56,000 immigration cases on a “fast track”. Ten cities have been included within this pilot program, including Los Angeles.  While frustrating delays and lengthy backlogs have been a major problem in immigration courts, the Trump…

Senate Republicans Block Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans — Congress Will Go Into Recess Without Passing the Bill

On July 25th, 2019, the House of Representatives passed a TPS for Venezuelans by a margin of 272-158 — a rare bit of good news for immigrant rights in the Trump era. Unfortunately, the bill has now been stopped in its tracks. According to reporting from the Miami Herald, Senate Republicans have, at least for…

Proposed Trump Administration Asylum Rule Would Deny Protection to Most Central Americans

According to reporting from The New York Times, the Trump Administration is proposing a new rule that would bar most Central American migrants from applying for asylum protection in the United States. If allowed to go into effect, this immigration restriction would have a devastating impact on some of the most vulnerable people. Here, our…

ICE Inspector Finds “Egregious” Violations at Several Immigration Detention Facilities

According to reporting from PBS Newshour, an internal watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found very serious legal violations at several immigration detention facilities across the country — including at the Adelanto Detention Facility in San Bernardino County, California. In far too many cases, the health and safety of detainees are being put…

How California’s Leaders Reacted to President Trump’s Latest Immigration Proposals

On May 16th, 2019, President Trump took to the South Lawn of the White House to unveil his Administration’s latest proposed immigration reforms. As reported by the Associated Press, the Trump Administration’s latest proposals seek to transform the immigration system in this country into one that devalues family-based immigration and puts a greater emphasis on…

Homeland Security Rolls Out Invasive New Pilot Program to Test DNA of Asylum Seekers

According to reporting from NBC Southern California, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is unveiling a new plan to conduct DNA testing of asylum seekers who arrive at the border with young children. The Trump Administration claims that the highly invasive testing is necessary to prevent immigration fraud — which, despite the president’s claim, is…

President Trump is Pushing a New Rule that Would Force Asylum Seekers to Pay an Application Fee

According to reporting from The New York Times, President Trump is once again attempting to impose new burdens on people claiming asylum in the United States. On April 29th, 2019, the Trump Administration unveiled a new set of regulatory changes aimed at restricting the rights of asylum seekers. Asylum seekers are fleeing violence and persecution.…

Supreme Court Will Decide if U.S. States Can Prosecute Undocumented Immigrants Who Use False Social Security Numbers for Identity Theft

According to reporting from USA Today, the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear an appeal from the state of Kansas — which is leading a coalition of ten other states — regarding  undocumented immigrants using false Social Security numbers to obtain employment. Kansas, along with other conservative leaning states, is seeking…

House Democrats Introduce the ‘Dream and Promise Act’ — A Bill Offering a Path to Permanent Status for 2.5. Million People

As reported by ThinkProgress, House Democrats have formally introduced HR 6 — also known as the ‘Dream and Promise Act’ — a bill that would potentially provide a realistic path to permanent residency for around 2.5 million immigrants. At a time when immigrants are under increased pressure from the Trump Administration, the introduction of this…