Eve Levin // 8/6/17 //
In a phone call in January with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, President Trump asked Peña Nieto to stop refuting claims that Mexico would pay for the wall, explaining that while the wall was not an important economic issue it did matter “psychologically” (WaPo, NYT, LA Times, CNN).
President Trump announced his support for the RAISE Act, which would reduce the number of legal immigrants admitted to the United States each year and base admission preferences on skills and employability (NYT, WaPo, LA Times).
The immigration courts are increasingly backlogged due to the Trump administration’s decision to end prosecutorial discretion, argues Kevin R. Johnson at ImmigrationProf Blog.
Controversial ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has been convicted of criminal contempt for refusing to stop detaining people he suspected were undocumented (WaPo).
Prosecutors face subjecting undocumented people they charge with minor crimes to near-certain deportation (NYT).
ICE has moved from targeted arrests to a scattershot, arrest-any-suspect approach (San Jose Mercury News).
President Trump’s immigration policy led ICE to detain juveniles merely suspected of gang affiliation, writes Philip Desgranges for the ACLU.
President Trump’s strict border policy is not the answer to San Antonio’s smuggling tragedy, urges Jay Shooster on Just Security.
Immigration detention, as shown by visitation patterns, may perpetuate inequality in immigrant communities, shows a new study by Caitlin Patler and Nicholas Branic published in the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.