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Oregon Man Sentenced to Prison After Attempting to ‘Bribe’ ICE to Deport his Wife

According to reporting from the ABC News, a Portland, OR man attempted to bribe an ICE agent into initiating deportation proceedings against his wife and her young child. Antonio Burgos — who was going through a divorce at the time — allegedly offered an ICE agent as much as $4,000 in exchange for deporting his…

Federal Appeals Court: Immigrants Can Still Be Deported for Pre-2016 Marijuana Offenses in California

In November of 2016, California residents voted in favor of the state’s recreational marijuana bill, Proposition 64, by a margin of 57 to 43. On January 1st, 2018, it became legal — at the state level — for people over the age of 21 in California to possess and use small amounts of marijuana. In…

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.…

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…

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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