Alexandra Widas  //  10/21/17  //  Topic Update


DOJ may implement quotas for immigration judges to evaluate performance (ImmigrationProf Blog).

Like many of his predecessors, President Trump has found immigration issues more difficult than he imagined they would be (NPR).

President Trump is reportedly planning to insist that funding for a border wall be part of any DREAM Act deal (Immigration Prof Blog).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is blinded by animus against asylum seekers, and so misapprehends the lawyer’s role in protecting people fearing prosecution, writes Cyrus Mehta on his blog. 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will crack down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants (CNN).

DOJ appealed a federal district court’s order to permit an undocumented teenager in federal custody to get an abortion (WaPo).

  • A U.S. District Court ordered the government to permit an undocumented teenager in custody to get an abortion (WaPo).
  • The D.C. Circuit halted the District Court’s order until oral arguments on Friday.
  • This is a test of the Trump administration’s policies on abortion and immigration (LA Times).
  • DOJ is evoking Dred Scott, the worst Supreme Court decision of all time, write Perry Grossman and Mark Joseph Stern at Slate.

A section of the Immigration and Naturalization Act that criminalizes encouraging a non-citizen to “come to, enter, or reside” in the U.S. violates the First Amendment (ACLU).


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