Britany Riley  //  8/27/17  //  Topic Update


The Trump administration is working with local sheriffs and law enforcement on new strategies to move undocumented immigrants from local jails to federal custody (NYT).  

President Trump’s visit to Arizona includes a meeting with Border Patrol officials (NYT).

  • The 5,000 new Border Patrol agents President Trump promised to hire have yet to materialize (LA Times).

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has taken into custody almost 60,000 people in the first five months of the Trump administration (Crimmigration). 

  • A release of data from the Executive Office of Immigration Review also shows an increase in orders of removal, voluntary departures, and final decisions under the Trump administration (ImmigrationProf Blog).

During his rally in Arizona, President Trump threatened a government shutdown if Congress does not finance the construction of a Mexican border wall (NYTWaPo, LA Times).

  • The Arizona crowd’s reception of President Trump’s speech was lukewarm, reports Jenna Johnson at The Washington Post
  • President Trump’s challenge to Congress on border funding faces fierce opposition but may be necessary for the president to appease his base (NY Times).
  • The decision could disrupt delicate Congressional budget negotiations (WaPo).

The White House is considering offering protection to young people who entered the United States illegally as children, a step that would contradict a major campaign promise (McClatchy). 

Hundreds of migrants die each year attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico, and volunteers are working to recover their missing bodies (Guardian)


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