Eve Levin  //  10/1/17  //  Topic Update

White House officials are circulating hardline immigration proposals that include the hiring of 10,000 additional immigration enforcement agents (NYT).

The administration is increasingly targeting parents who pay to have their children smuggled into the United States (NYT).

The White House announced that it will cap the number of refugees admitted to the United States in the next fiscal year to 45,000 (Politico).

  • The administration will evaluate refugees based on their ability to assimilate when making admission determinations (WSJ). 
  • The limit on the number refugees that can resettle in the United States is “a disturbing retreat from the honored U.S. tradition of protecting persons fleeing persecution,” argues J. Kevin Appleby at The Hill. 

The Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to collect social media data on all immigrants entering the United States (NYT).

The Trump administration’s stance on immigration is exacerbating a migrant farmworker shortage (NPR). 

President Trump’s border-wall proposal took a step toward fruition with the beginning of prototype construction in California (WSJ).

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers are holding pregnant immigrants against federal policy, argues Victoria Lopez at the ACLU.

A recent report suggests that anti-immigration rhetoric and policies have led immigrants in California to seek services in lower numbers (ImmigrationProf Blog). 

Recent figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) show that U.S. agents are likely to deport fewer people in 2017 than during the same period last year (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