Eve Levin  //  8/20/17  //  Topic Update


The ACLU filed a class action alleging that the Trump administration has unconstitutionally detained immigrant teens based on false allegations of gang affiliations (ACLU, NPRNYT).

DHS announced it will end an Obama-era program that brought young Central American refugees to the U.S. on a temporary basis (NYT). 

Approximately 100 immigration professors wrote to President Trump outlining the legal support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

In a speech supporting the RAISE Act, President Trump claimed high levels of legal immigrants hurt the job prospects of African Americans and Latinos, reports Kevin Johnson for the ImmigrationProf Blog.

  • The RAISE Act is a return to the 1920’s nativism and protectionism, argues José Calderón for the Hill.
  • The Act would significantly exclude Asian, Latino, and African immigrants from the U.S. (ImmigrationProf Blog).

President Trump has twisted and exploited the story of Kate Steinle, a shooting victim, contends Jeremy Stahl at Slate.

Immigrants living in the United States must decide whether to leave America and reunite with deported family members or stay in America without them (NYT).

President Trump said he might pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Politico).

  • Responding to the possible pardon, the ACLU stated that the pardon “would undo a conviction secured by his own career attorneys at the Justice Department” and amount to an “official presidential endorsement of racism.”

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump offered a proposal that would offer legal status for the Dreamers in exchange for a border wall and increased regulation of immigration. The Trump administration has significantly increased regulation of immigration, in contrast with its anti-regulatory policies in other fields.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

Bipartisan negotiations over an agreement to address "Dreamers" is imperiled after President Trump makes disparaging remarks about Haitians and Africans. The Trump Administration announces plans to end Temporary Protected Status for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

A deal on the "Dreamers" may be less likely after an announcement from President Trump.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School