Sarah Mahmood  //  5/7/17  //  Topic Update

The Texas state legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would punish localities for failing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement (ImmigrationProf Blog).

  • On Take Care, Larry Tribe examines the law and argues it is bad policy and may be unconstitutional.

The Trump Administration has been a disaster for the so-called DREAM-ers, argues Leah Litman on Take Care.

Some asylum seekers have been turned away by Customs and Border Protection, unable to plead their case, in violation of U.S. and international law, report Caitlin Dickerson and Miriam Jordan (NYT).

The period from 2005 to 2015 saw a substantial decline in attempted re-entry by unauthorized immigrants from Mexico, while Border Patrol data show a decline in recidivism, according to reports by the Migration Policy Institute (ImmigrationProf Blog).

  • The reports can be found here and here.

Due process requires termination of proceedings where an asylum seeker is forcibly separated from his family, with whom he shares identical asylum claims, argues Geoffrey Hoffman (ImmigrationProf Blog).

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has built and entrenched a deeply negative reputation, one its public relations campaign cannot overcome, argues Lisette Diaz (ACLU).

Shortly after opening, the Trump Administration's new Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) was overwhelmed by calls reporting "aliens" (from space) (Immigration Prof Blog).

The new budget contains provisions restricting how appropriated funds can be used for border security and does not allow for the building of a new wall (WaPo, NYT).

  • Trump's proposed border wall has cast a shadow over 15 millions residents in Southwest border communities (ACLU).

  • A cheaper and faster way to end illegal immigration involves a streamlined guest worker program, not border apprehension, demonstrates Alex Nowrasteh for the CATO Institute.

New reports argue that President Trump’s immigration actions and rhetoric hurt two vulnerable communities: mothers and children fleeing gender-based violence, and American Muslims.

  • A report by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum focusing on how the President’s immigration executive orders affect women and families can be found here.

  • A report by the Brennan Center for Justice on how the President’s rhetoric and policies affect American Muslims can be found here.

  • Criminalizing unauthorized entry to the United States had racist designs, and this racism will infect Attorney General Sessions’s plan to “restore a lawful system of immigration,” writes Kelly Hernandez for The Conversation.

David Post asserts that the immigration ban, which the government defended on the grounds that it is enforcing the law not changing it, amounts to not-so-sneaky bullying (WaPo).


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.

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