I collect immigration news on a Flipboard magazine. Since I can’t yet embed that magazine on my blog, I’m trying to post some of the latest links each weekday morning.
The Department of Homeland Security released new “implementation memos” on deportation on Tuesday. According to the Washington Post [Trump administration issues new immigration enforcement policies, says goal is not ‘mass deportations’]:
“The new guidelines, intended as a road map toward implementing a pair of executive actions Trump signed last month, call for the hiring of thousands of additional enforcement agents, expanding the pool of immigrants who are prioritized for removal, speeding up deportation hearings and enlisting local law enforcement to help make arrests.”
But, says “a senior Department of Homeland Security official,” there’s no need to panic. The new policies are really “not intended to produce mass roundups, mass deportations.”
President Trump’s Harsh Immigration Policy Is Now a Reality (The Atlantic, 2/21/2017)
“But amid the hardline realignment of U.S. immigration policy, the memos also had a notable exception: The Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields from immediate deportation undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children. That program’s fate—and the fate of its estimated 750,000 participants in the program—will be addressed in “future guidance,” the memo said.”
Trump steps up deportation push (The Hill, 2/21/2017)
“For the first time, agents in the interior of the country will be allowed to start expedited removal proceedings for immigrants who cannot prove they have been in the country for more than two years. The process does not require a court order.
“That power was previously restricted to officers within 100 miles of U.S. borders, so they could quickly detain and remove immigrants as they entered the country.
“The memo contemplates a massive expansion of people being removed from the country without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom,” said Tom Jawetz, vice president of immigration policy at the liberal Center for American Progress.”
Trump’s mass deportations have arrived. But will Republicans pay for them? (Washington Post, 2/21/2017)
The Opposite of Sanctuary (The Marshall Project, 2/20/2017)
Trump Plan: Deport to Mexico Immigrants Crossing Border Illegally, Regardless of Nationality (Pro Publica, 2/20/2017)
Immigration courts deciding more cases, but backlog growing (Immigration Prof Blog, 2/21/2017)
Trump deportation threats to constrict already-tight job market (Bloomberg News, 2/21/2017)
Texas hunters claimed they were shot by ‘illegal aliens.’ Authorities say they shot each other. (Washington Post, 2/21/2017)
“The story was harrowing, to be sure, not to mention rife with political implications. The Texas Agriculture Commissioner even shared it on his Facebook page, saying it underscored the need for President Trump’s proposed border wall.
“But authorities say it was all a lie.
“Daugherty and Bryant were indicted last week on one count each of using deadly conduct by discharging firearms in the direction of others, according to CBS 7. Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez told the station that an investigation had found Daugherty and the other injured hunter were struck by friendly fire. There was no sign, he said, that anyone else was involved.”
Red Crescent: 74 bodies of migrants wash ashore in Libya (AP via MPR, 2/21/2017)
“According to Leggeri, migrant deaths along the central Mediterranean route stood at 4,579 for last year, which still might be much less than the true loss of life. That’s compared to 2,869 deaths in 2015 and 3,161 in 2014.
“There is little sign of the surge is abating, even during wintertime. There were 228 recorded deaths in January, by far the biggest monthly toll in recent years.”
The Fallout From ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ (The Atlantic, 2/21/2017)
Is the Southern Border a Constitution-Free Zone? (The Atlantic, 2/21/2017)
As the Trump administration ramps up border harassment, many U.S. citizens report being stopped at the border and detained for varying amounts of time and under varying conditions:
A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone (The Verge, 2/12/2017)
A NASA Engineer Was Required to Unlock His Phone at the Border (The Atlantic, 2/13/2017)
“In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly dated Feb. 20, the Democratic senator from Oregon said border searches that take place without a warrant circumvent the right to privacy and “weaken our national and economic security.”
“I am alarmed by recent media reports of Americans being detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and pressured to give CBP agents access to their smartphone PIN numbers or otherwise provide access to locked mobile devices,” Sen. Wyden writes. “Circumventing the normal protections for such private information is simply unacceptable.”