Eve Levin  //  7/23/17  //  Topic Update


Subtle changes in enforcement policies will ensure a Muslim Ban, argue Farhana Khera and Johnathan Smith for the New York Times.

Political exigencies historically have shaped definitions of families in immigration law, observes Mae Ngai at the New York Times.

According to a recent State Department memo, grandparents now qualify as a close enough relation to be eligible to receive a US visa (Reuters).

President Trump has expanded the H-2B visa program, which allows lower-skilled workers into the United States on a seasonal basis (WaPoLA Times, Politico).

Immigration courts have become backlogged, and new hiring of judges will not be enough (LA Times).

Maslenjak v. United States, a case regarding misrepresentations and revocation of naturalization, sets a heightened standard for a range of cases, theorizes Cyrus Mehta on The Insightful Immigration Blog.

A letter from 58 former diplomats and national security advisers urged the State Department to stop the contemplated relocation of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (WaPoPolitico).


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