Alexandra Widas  //  6/11/17  //  Topic Update


Visa applicants deemed to be a potential threat to national security will be required to provide their social media handles under new vetting procedures (Ars Technica).

Fake posters in Washington, D.C., urged residents to report “illegal aliens” to immigration authorities and provided telephone numbers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) (NYT).

A new lawsuit challenges ICE’s policy requiring pre-approval for advocates to access family detention facilities to assist clients (ImmigrationProf Blog).

A new Government Accountability Office report highlights the need to reduce case backlog and improve management at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (ImmigrationProf Blog).

A look back at the debates and government action against Italian immigrants in the 19th and early-20th centuries reveals numerous parallels to today’s immigration debates, argues Helene Stapinski (NYT). 

Despite Department of Homeland Security officials’ claims that “catch-and-release” immigration enforcement practices have ended, that is not the case (ReutersChristian Science Monitor). 

Immigration judges have been reassigned to posts at border detention facilities by the Trump Administration to speed up deportations at the border (Immigration Prof Blog).

U.S. immigration law enables modern slavery, argues Christopher Lapinig (The Atlantic).


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