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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ninth Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Asylum Seekers — Blocks Some ‘Fast Track’ Deportations

According to reporting from The New York Times, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled in favor of asylum seekers who were facing possible ‘fast track’ deportation from the Trump Administration. In the case of Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam v. United States Department of Homeland Security, the appeals court broadened protections for…