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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…

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…

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…

New Data: President’s Trump Government Shutdown Increased the Immigration Court Backlog By More Than Ten Percent

It is no secret that the United States immigration process can be frustratingly slow. An immigration backlog that is surging in recent years has only compounded this problem — especially in California, where the immigration court backlog has swelled well beyond 140,000 cases. Earlier this week, this data was released, confirming the disruptive and destructive…

Congressional Budget Deal Seeks to Reduce ICE Detention Capacity

On February 14th, 2019, legislators from both parties in the Senate and House of Representatives reached a budget agreement that averted a second federal government shutdown. The first — which lasted for more than one month — caused tremendous disruption within United States immigration courts. Certainly, the aversion of the shutdown and the lack of…

Defying the Trump Administration, Los Angeles Formally Declares Itself a ‘City of Sanctuary’

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a largely symbolic resolution declaring our community as a ‘City of Sanctuary’. While some immigration activists were frustrated by the city’s slow movement on the issue — the resolution was proposed nearly eighteen months ago —  it is still…

Public Radio International: Los Angeles Immigration Court is a ‘Ghost Town’; Government Shutdown Causing Enormous Disruption

As the Trump Administration’s shutdown rolls past the one-month mark, more and more people are being forced to reckon with the damage. Earlier in January, we discussed the impact the federal government shutdown was having on immigration courts. Each day the shutdown goes on, additional immigration hearings are postponed to an uncertain date in the…

The Trump Administration’s Family Separation Program Was Far Larger, More Cruel than Previously Believed

On January 17th, 2019, The New York Times reported that the Trump Administration’s immoral family separation policy affected thousands more children than was previously known. This information was released in a new government OIG report — required to be drafted following a federal court order. According to the report from the Office of the Inspector…

California Attorney General Files 51-Page Comment Against the Trump Administration’s Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Earlier this year, a draft proposal leaked regarding the Trump Administration’s plan to punish immigrants for using basic social services. By dramatically broadening the definition of a ‘public charge’, the administration seeks to reduce the number of immigrants who are eligible for green cards. Under the proposed rules, immigrants could be deemed ineligible for a…

Report: President Trump is Preparing an Unconstitutional Attack on Birthright Citizenship

On the morning of October 30th, 2018, Axios released a bombshell exclusive report stating that President Trump is planning to target birthright citizenship. The president has long been a critic of birthright citizenship, and Axios reports that the president is signaling that he will end birthright citizenship through an executive order. According to the story,…