The iconic California road signs warned motorists to look out for immigrant families. What kind of sign could capture our new reality? In this new reality, ICE is trying to deport children, despite a court order giving them Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, which entitles them to a green card. A 43-year-old Hawaiian farmer, brought to the United States at age 15, is forced back to Mexico, separated from his wife and three children. ICE orders officers to exercise no discretion – every undocumented person they encounter must be put into deportation proceedings. And in two days, the United States will stop admitting refugees, having reached the newly-lowered quota of 50,000 for the year.
With only one left, iconic yellow road sign showing running immigrants now borders on extinct (Los Angeles Times, 7/8/17)
“Ten signs once dotted the shoulders of the 5 Freeway, just north of the Mexican border. They became iconic markers of the perils of the immigrant journey north. But they began to disappear — victims of crashes, storms, vandalism and the fame conferred on them by popular culture.
“Today, one sign remains. And when it’s gone, it won’t be replaced — the result of California’s diminished role as a crossing point for immigrants striving to make it to America.”
A judge said these kids get a green card. ICE says they get deported. (Reveal/PRI, 7/6/17)
“State judges and immigration authorities can jointly grant children a special humanitarian designation known as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status if they decide undocumented children have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one of their parents in their home country. Children who qualify are given a US Social Security number, a work permit and a green card.
“Now, a group of children from Central America who are close to becoming legal permanent residents face imminent deportation after US Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to close their deportation cases in February.”
Coffee Farmer in Hawaii Loses Deportation Battle, Returns to Mexico (NBC News, 7/8/17) Andres Magana Ortiz left his wife and three U.S. citizen children in Hawaii.
“Ortiz voluntarily left Hawaii to return to Mexico, where he told reporters that he no longer has family. The 43-year-old was smuggled in to the U.S. when he was 15 in order to join his mother.
“Since then, he’s started his own coffee farm in Hawaii’s Kona region and became a well-respected member of his community, KNHL said….
“Ortiz had been working to obtain legal citizenship in the United States for nearly three decades, and his daughter — who is a U.S. citizen — had recently filed for permission to allow him to remain in the country as the relative of a citizen. But in March, while those applications were pending, the government ordered him to report for removal.”
“The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories. The guidance appears to go beyond the Trump administration’s publicly stated aims, and some advocates say may explain a marked increase in immigration arrests….
“Sarah Saldaña, who retired in January as head of ICE for the Obama administration, said the wording in the memo would have real consequences for undocumented immigrants.
“When you use the word ‘will’ instead of ‘may’ you are taking it a step further,” said Saldaña.”
‘Your life becomes like hell:’ Refugees fear drawn-out fight over Trump travel ban (The Guardian, 7/8/17)
“It’s beyond to express or explain what we went through,” said Shaz, who confessed to having “mixed feelings” in the moment. Asked about the impact of not knowing whether the US would still open its doors to her family, she said: “My mother suffered major depression. My younger sister, she started to have panic attacks.
“It’s difficult for others to understand even that pain – when you are already a stateless person, going through so many insecurities, and then you are uncertain about your future and do not have any control of your own life.” …
“The state department predicts that after 12 July, the US will have exceeded the 50,000 yearly refugee resettlement limit imposed by Trump’s travel ban. “
U.S. judge extends halt on Iraqi deportations (Reuters, 7/6/17) Stay extended until at least July 24.
“U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Detroit said there was “good cause” to extend the stay, which was sought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU says those arrested in immigration enforcement operations last month mostly in Michigan and Tennessee face persecution, torture or death if they are deported to Iraq.”
Immigration cases in the 2017 term of the Supreme Court (ImmigrationProf blog, 7/7/17) The article discusses three key cases:
2. Jennings v. Rodriguez, a class action challenge to immigrant detention that was heard in the 2016 term, but is scheduled for rehearing in 2017, probably signaling a close division of the court in 2016.
3. Sessions v. Dimaya ,also set for rehearing, involves a void-for-vagueness challenge to the “aggravated felony” and “crime of violence” provisions of immigration law. Dimaya was ordered deported because of two residential burglaries, which did not involve violence.
The Generational Significance of the Travel Ban Cases (The Atlantic, 7/8/17) Garrett Epps teaches constitutional law and creative writing, a combination that yields a passionate and well-reasoned discussion of the constitutional issues raised by First Amendment claims.
“We know that three justices—Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch—are eager to approve the travel ban in its entirety. What of the other two conservatives, and the four moderate liberals? Would any of them like to pass over the lawyers’ gabble of “deference” and “facial neutrality” and tackle a constitutional issue in the high style of the great justices of the past? Are there any who want to leave (perhaps as a parting gift) a legacy as enduring as Justice John Marshall Harlan’s dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson, Justice Robert Jackson’s concurrence in the Steel Seizure Cases, or Chief Justice Earl Warren’s majority opinion in Brown v. Board of Education?”
More than half of new green cards go to people already living in the U.S. (Pew Research, 7/6/17) The research also looks at age, origin, and type of previous visa held by new green card grants.
“In every fiscal year since 2004, the U.S. has issued more green cards to immigrants living in the country on another visa who adjust their legal status than to new arrivals. (In fiscal 2015, the most recent full year available, there were 542,315 in the former category and 508,716 in the latter.) Since 2004, a total of 7.4 million people who adjusted their status and 5.5 million new arrivals have received lawful permanent residency in the form of a green card.”
Family stories, Minnesota history (Marshall Independent, 7/7/17)
“Immigrants from countries like Norway have had a big impact on Minnesota’s history and population. But telling their story also means telling the stories of local residents and their families.
“A new traveling exhibit at the Lyon County Museum looks at both of those angles, combining historical research on Norwegian immigrants with artifacts on loan from area residents. The exhibit, titled “New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota 1825-1925,” was made possible by the St. Paul Sons of Norway Synnove-Nordkap lodge, and the Canby Sons of Norway Vennskap lodge.”
Opinion: Taco vendor’s death showed flaws in Texas immigration law (Star-Telegram, 7/8/17)
“The law’s local opponents from United Fort Worth won support Saturday from a cousin of heroic taco vendor Jose M. Ontiveros, 58, a 25-year Fort Worth homeowner and businessman shot and killed July 1 trying to stop a robbery in a Mansfield Highway parking lot where he was selling tacos.
“One of the suspects told police teens targeted Hispanics “because they’ve got money and they don’t call the police.” (That’s exactly why Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald and Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson, among others, opposed the new law as damaging for criminal law enforcement.)”
Latinos key to U.S. economic growth, study finds (CNN, 7/1a/17)
“In 2015, the 55 million Latinos living and working in the U.S. were responsible for $2.13 trillion — or 11.8% — of America’s $18.04 trillion gross domestic product, according to a study released Thursday by the Latino Donors Collaborative, a nonpartisan association of Latino business, political and academic leaders.”
The Montana Moms Who Decided Refugees will be Welcome in Their City (YES Magazine, 7/3/17)
“[C]ultivating understanding between those who wish to welcome refugees and those who oppose their resettlement has become an important goal for Soft Landing, especially since the arrival of refugees in Missoula has been a source of contention in surrounding towns and rural areas.”