//  1/14/18  //  Topic Update

A pair of lawmakers unveiled a bipartisan DACA plan that they hope will be acceptable to the Trump Administration (CNN).

  • But, the White House’s expansive list of hard-line immigration measures, including an $18 billion request to build a wall at the Mexican border, have imperiled a bipartisan deal to protect young unauthorized immigrants (NYT).
  • President Trump says lawmakers are ‘getting close’ on a DACA deal (WSJ).
  • Politico argues that the solution to a DACA deal is to ‘go big’.  
  • The Wall Street Journal dives into what compromise legislation will mean for Dreamers.
  • Politico says that senators have reached a preliminary deal, but President Trump seems unlikely to sign off. 

The White House left out a crucial Trump quote in the transcript from the bipartisan immigration negotiation meeting on Tuesday (LA Times).

  • Video of the meeting available here.
  • President Trump gave contradictory answers on his immigration stance (WaPo).
  • The Washington Post analyzes President Trump’s behavior at the meeting.
  • President Trump endorses earmarks as a way to get past gridlock on immigration reform (Politico). 

In the wake of meeting with President Trump, some Democrats worry that the proposed bipartisan immigration deal will concede too much (Politico).

  • President Trump’s alleged concessions seems to clash with House Republicans hard-line stance (NYT).
  • During the bipartisan immigration meeting President Trump suggested bringing back the pork barrel buffet (NYT).
  • The Wall Street Journal analyzes the effect of the President’s rhetoric on the right. 

President Trump disparaged Haiti and Africa in talks about the bipartisan immigration bill (NYT, LA Times).

  • The White House hasn’t denied the President’s remarks (Politico).
  • The New York Times analyzes all of President Trump’s remarks on chain migration.
  • The Washington Post examines these remarks in the context of other racist rhetoric from the President. 

The Trump Administration plans to end Temporary Protected Status for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans, many of whom have lived in the United States for almost two decades (NYT; WaPo; LA Times).

  • You can find the announcement from DHS Secretary Nielsen here.
  • President Trump’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status program for El Salvadorians may be unwise, but is not indefensible, writes Paul Rosenzweig at Lawfare.
  • Subjecting Salvadorians to deportation is a reminder that our immigration system needs an overhaul, writes David Leonhart for the New York Times.

 The number of immigrants approved for family-based visas has dropped this year to the lowest level in more than a decade, according to a review of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data (Reuters).

Under the Trump administration, many in the agricultural industry worry that deportations could cut the supply of farmworkers from rural Mexico, which has long been “primary source of hired farm labor in the U.S.” (LA Times).

The Trump Administration may be undermining the 2020 census by adding a question about citizenship and removing questions about gender identity and sexual orientation (ACLU).

A federal judge in Brooklyn held that the government cannot decide to criminally prosecute immigrants and then keep them locked up on immigration detainers if they are subsequently granted bail (NYT).

AG Sessions is reviewing the authority of immigration judges to “administratively close” cases, a move that could result in more deportations (The Marshall Project).

ICE targets 7-Eleven Stores in 17 states in illegal immigration probe (LA Times, NYT, WaPo).

ICE abused Somali citizens and is now rushing to deport them before a judge can consider the danger to their lives if they return, says the ACLU.

In spite of the ‘Trump Effect’, border crossings are again on the rise (NYT).




Updates | The Week of February 19, 2018

2/25/18  //  Daily Update

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new charge against Paul Manafort while Richard Gates pled guilty. Meanwhile, President Trump's proposal to arm teachers drew controversy in Washington.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Updates | The Week of February 5, 2018

2/11/18  //  Daily Update

The Nunes memo set off aftershocks; agencies scrambled to implement the Trump Administration's policies to mixed effect; and Congress passes a budget after a brief overnight shutdown.

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.