Trump backs out of Dreamer deal and other immigration news – October 8, 2017

IMG_3725On Sunday, Trump released “principles” that basically blew up any DACA/Dreamer deal previously agreed to. Trump’s demands comprise a line-up of proposals already rejected by Democrats and Dreamers, including funding the border wall, stopping Central American minors who seek asylum here, punishing sanctuary cities, replacing family reunification visas with a work and education-based preference, and cutting overall immigration.  Here are four reports:

I’m on vacation, so this post offers mostly links to important articles, and little commentary.

ICE director signals ‘at large arrests’ over California’s new sanctuary law (The Hill, 10/7/17) Acting ICE Director Homan said that because California has passed sanctuary legislation, ICE will do more workplace and neighborhood raids and will send immigration detainees to out-of-state prisons, far from family and lawyers.

Camión de la Muerte (The Intercept, 10/1/17)

“The government wants your help, but then says, once you help me, I don’t have need for you anymore, and so I’m not going to help you at all,” [attorney Michael] McCrum said. “Here, help me out, but let me stomp on your face after.”…

“They weren’t released. They were detained. They’re now in an immigration detention center possibly facing deportation,” [Griselda Barrera, director of American Gateways San Antonio office] said. “I think that adds to what the community is sensing as a whole — that whether it be this administration or just this time in our life, immigration laws are just a lot harsher, and the compassion is going away.”

Deportations from the interior of the U.S. are rising under Trump (Washington Post, 10/7/17) While deportations along the border are down, deportations from the interior of the United States are up by about one-third over last year.

Extreme vetting and the Muslim ban (Brennan Center for Justice, 10/2/17)

“This report identifies at least three key failings of Trump’s travel and vetting policies: their failure to enhance national security, engendered in part by the administration’s perhaps willful blindness to the fact that the U.S. already has one of the world’s most rigorous visitor screening systems; their discriminatory nature and reliance on unproven methodologies that target particular groups; and their real costs, including economic harm, to the American people….

“And as a federal appellate court recently pointed out: “There is no finding that present vetting standards are inadequate, and no finding that absent the improved vetting procedures there likely will be harm to our national interests.” Indeed, empirical studies show that the risk of a deadly attack on U.S. soil by a foreigner who has been improperly vetted is infinitesimally small. This is not surprising: The process for screening foreign nationals entering the U.S. is rigorous and the U.S. has one of the world’s most thorough visa vetting systems.”

How a bond hearing saved me from deportation (ImmigrationProf blog, 10//17) First-person story of an immigrant business owner, illustrating the crucial importance of Jennings v. Rodriguez.

UW Center for Human Rights studies law enforcement collaboration with federal agencies on immigration (University of Washington, 10/2/17) The human rights problems that the University of Washington researchers found with Washington state collaborations show disturbing patterns that seem likely to exist across other states as well.

Center for Immigration Studies debunked (Southern Poverty Law Center, 10/2/17)

“CIS’s veneer of legitimacy starts with its motto on the top of its website claiming the group is “low-immigration, pro-immigrant.” But the truth is that CIS was founded by white nationalist John Tanton and throughout its 30-plus years of existence, the group has promoted an immigration platform that has never strayed far from its origins. In between reports about the cost of undocumented immigration are others promoting age-old racist tropes about immigrants bringing disease into the country and blaming them for increases in crime, as well as fear-mongering around terrorism….

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) rounded up four debunked studies back in 2009. What follows is a look at more recent CIS studies, challenged by an array of immigration policy experts. “

Undocumented ‘Dreamers’ look to an uncertain future as Daca closes down (The Guardian, 10/7/17)

“As of Thursday afternoon, 36,000 of the 154,000 people eligible for Daca renewal had applied, according to early estimates by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Immigration advocates raised money to help people pay the $495 application fee and lawyers turned out in droves to offer free legal counseling.

“And yet, advocates said, some people were deterred from applying for renewal because they did not have access to such resources, because the application window was too short, and because they were concerned about sharing personal data with the government.”


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,, 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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