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The Trump Administration Has Created a DOJ Section Dedicated to the “Denaturalization” of Immigrants

Naturalization is the legal process through which a foreign born immigrant can obtain American citizenship. While you may be familiar with naturalization, you may not have heard the term “denaturalization”—at least not until very recently. Last month, President Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the creation of a brand new section dedicated solely to investigating…

The Trump Administration is Planning “Crackdown” in Sanctuary Cities—Los Angeles Officials Strongly Oppose the Policy

According to a report from Reuters, the Trump Administration is sending teams of immigration enforcement officers to sanctuary cities all across the country—including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Chicago.  The agents—who are members of the CBP Border Patrol Tactical Unit—are being deployed to help ICE ramp up deportations. This is just the…

A Gay Asylum Seeker Sought Protection in the United States; the Trump Administration Sent him to Guatemala

According to reporting from Buzzfeed News, an LGBT asylum seeker was recently sent to Guatemala as part of President Trump’s new so-called “Safe Third Country” program. This took place despite the fact that Guatemala—a country that is dealing with considerable levels of poverty and violence—is essentially just as dangerous as Honduras and El Salvador. Here,…

Supreme Court Decision Allows Trump Administration’s ‘Public Charge’ Rule to Take Effect

As reported by CNN, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Trump’s public charge rule to take effect across the overwhelming majority of the country. In a 5 to 4 vote, the court’s conservative majority granted the administration’s request for extraordinary relief.  As a result, the public charge rule is currently effective in…

Appellate Court Ruling: Huntington Beach—and Other Charter Cities—are Not Exempt from California’s Sanctuary State Law

In response to the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and its draconian policies, California became a sanctuary state. Among other things, California provides much needed legal protection to undocumented immigrants by limiting the amount of cooperation between state and local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Unfortunately, since the bill was passed,…

Are Iranian-Americans Being Detained at the U.S. Border?

On January 2nd, 2020, President Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani,  a top Iranian general. By doing so, the administration unilaterally and dramatically heightened tensions across the globe—potentially even pushing the United States closer to a very serious military crisis.  There have been immediate ramifications back at home. At the border, there have…

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in DACA Cases—The Future of the Program is in Jeopardy

On November 12th, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the set of cases that are likely to decide the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The future of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of DREAMers from deportation is in the fate of a…

Trump Administration Officials Are Pushing New Immigration Fees—Including for Asylum Applications and DACA Renewals

According to reporting from BuzzFeed News, Trump Administration officials are actively pushing new and increased immigration fees. Not only is President Trump proposing a new rule that would require asylum seekers to pay a fee, but administration officials are also moving forward on increased fees across several different types of immigration applications. Here, our Los…

Withholding of Removal: Explained

An immigrant who faces a credible fear of persecution in their country of origin may be eligible to obtain asylum protection in the United States. Although asylum is the most well known immigration options for people who face imminent danger in their native country, it is not the only option that is currently available under…

Exclusive Report: Thousands of Children, Including Infants, Returned to Mexico Under Trump Administration Policy

On October 11th, 2019, Reuters released an exclusive investigative report on how the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP)—that being President Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy—is impacting young children. Since the policy was unveiled in January of 2019, Reuters found that the United States government has sent approximately 16,000 minors back to Mexico—a figure that includes nearly…