Trump anti-immigrant agenda moves forward and other immigration news – May 19, 2017

House committee squares off on aggressive immigration bills (CNN, 5/18/17)

“The Davis-Oliver Act would substantially increase the capabilities of federal and local immigration enforcement, including empowering state and local law enforcement to enact their own immigration laws and penalties. It also would give the government powers to revoke visas, beef up Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ability to arrest and deport undocumented immigrants, increase criminal penalties for undocumented immigrants and punish sanctuary jurisdictions.”

The Trump administration is arresting over 100 immigrants without criminal records a day (Vox, 5//17)

“But the biggest difference in what the Trump administration is bragging about is “at-large arrests”: cases where ICE agents are going into immigrant communities to track people down….

“Those are the arrests that have the biggest chilling effects rippling through immigrant communities. They’re the ones that make it impossible to know whether ICE is targeting specific individuals or sweeping indiscriminately through neighborhoods — and engender false rumors about roadside checkpoints and arrests in schools. They’re the arrests that do the most to remind millions of unauthorized immigrants that they could be next.”

“The government had told the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, a nonprofit in Washington state, that it could not advise people in immigration court without formally representing them.

“The project argued that it did not have resources to formally represent everyone it advises, and much of the work involves informally guiding people how to file legal documents on their own behalf. It filed a lawsuit against the government earlier this month in Seattle federal court.”

“Minnesota will have a “clean” REAL ID law, without anti-immigrant language – but there’s more to the story. There will still likely be efforts by House Republicans to put the anti-immigrant & anti-rulemaking for driver’s licenses language in a different bill, such as the Omnibus Judiciary/Public Safety budget bill.”

U.S. Immigration Policy and the Case for Family Unity (Journal on Migration and Human Security, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2017)

“Reducing wait times for family reunification with spouses and children of lawful permanent residents, allowing prospective family-based migrants to visit their relatives in the United States while their applications are being processed, and providing relief from deportation and a path to legalization to parents and spouses of US citizens should be prioritized. The cost to implement these measures would likely be minor compared to current and projected spending on immigration enforcement and it would be more than offset by the improved health and well-being of American families.”

Despite Hiring, Immigration Court Backlog and Wait Times Climb (TRAC Immigration, 5/15/17) An appalling report from the TRAC Immigration project at Syracuse University.

“As of the end of April 2017, the number of cases waiting for a decision had reached an all-time high of 585,930….

“Viewing these figures from a different perspective, the existing large backlog and extraordinary wait times mean that some individuals are not scheduled to have their day in court until after President Trump’s current four-year term in office has ended. And we are only a little more than 100 days into his four-year term.”

Trump cites MS-13 in immigration crackdown. But others here illegally are helping police bring down the gang (Los Angeles Times, 5/17/17)

The sweep was possible, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said, because the police got critical help from others who also are in the country illegally.

“The … thing that has been effective is public cooperation,” Beck said. “MS preys on the illegal immigrant community. They extort them. They rob them. They rape them. They murder them. Without their cooperation as witnesses, none of this would be possible.”…

“The sweep was possible, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said, because the police got critical help from others who also are in the country illegally.

“The … thing that has been effective is public cooperation,” Beck said. “MS preys on the illegal immigrant community. They extort them. They rob them. They rape them. They murder them. Without their cooperation as witnesses, none of this would be possible.”

 

Advocates Protest Immigration Arrest of Virginia Mother (U.S. News, 5/1817)

“According to the advocacy group CASA, 30-year-old Liliana Cruz Mendez of Falls Church was arrested Thursday after going with her lawyer to a check-in appointment at Immigration and Customs Enforcement regional headquarters in Fairfax.

“CASA spokeswoman Fernanda Durand said Cruz Mendez has no criminal record and came to the U.S. from El Salvador a decade ago. She came to officials’ attention in 2013 after being stopped for a broken taillight.”

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About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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