More anti-immigrant moves by Trump administration and other immigration news – October 18, 2017


With a presidential pledge to “take it five steps further” on immigration enforcement, the ICE acting director’s promise to quintuple workplace raids, and an email to Army recruiters directly contradicting DoD policy and federal law on enlistment by permanent residents, the Trump administration is back to full-on anti-immigrant posture.

In other news: courts halt Trump travel ban 3.0, DACA organizing and legal action, Minnesota news, and more. 

Trump doubles down on tough immigration proposals (The Hill, 10/16/17) 

“President Trump on Monday praised his administration’s work on immigration enforcement and border security, saying he’s “going to take it five steps further.”

Army bans green card holders from enlisting, a move that may break federal law (Mic, 10/17/17) The Monday email directly contradicts Defense Department policy announced on Friday.

“EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY DO NOT ‘SHIP’ OR ‘ENLIST’ ANY FOREIGN NATIONAL’S (ALL I-551 CARD HOLDERS) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE,” reads an email sent to Army recruiters on Monday by Gregory C. Williamson, chief of the Accessions Suitability Office Guard Strength Division….

“Barring green card holders from enlisting in the military is against federal law, which states that an “alien who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence” may be enlisted in “any armed force.”

ICE chief pledges quadrupling or more of workplace crackdowns (CNN, 10/17/17)

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan spoke at the conservative Heritage Foundation and was asked whether his agency would do more to target not just undocumented workers, but their places of work.

“Homan said he has instructed Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the investigative unit of ICE, to potentially quintuple worksite enforcement actions next year.”

Trump travel ban 3.0

Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims (Washington Post, 10/18/17)

“U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued a somewhat less complete halt on the ban than his counterpart in Hawaii did a day earlier, blocking the administration from enforcing the directive only on those who lacked a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the United States, such as family members or some type of professional or other engagement in the United States.

“But in some ways, Chuang’s ruling was more personally cutting to Trump, as he said the president’s own words cast his latest attempt to impose a travel blockade as the “inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban.”

Judge Temporarily Halts New Version of Trump’s Travel Ban (New York Times, 10/17/17)

The third travel ban, Judge Watson wrote on Tuesday, “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.” Among those flaws, he wrote, was that the ban “plainly discriminates based on nationality” in a way that undercut “the founding principles of this Nation,” and that the government had not shown that the United States’ national interests would be harmed by admitting travelers from the affected countries.”

Minnesota news

Lawyers come to aid of immigrants in crisis, for free (MPR, 10/17/17)  Thanks to all of our wonderful pro bono attorneys!

Anne Applebaum, the pro bono director at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, said many area law firms have pro bono built into their infrastructure, and recent anti-immigration rhetoric hasn’t hindered their willingness to sign up for complex immigration cases.

“Quite the opposite,” she said. That the attorneys are willing to do such work for free, she added, gives clients a sense of empowerment.

“The person who’s helping to make this reality for me is someone who doesn’t have to do this,” she said. “They’re not being paid, they’re working above and beyond high-hour jobs and families and other restrictions, and they’re choosing to do this.”

Temporary ban on refugees? City council member proposes it (St. Cloud Times, 10/17/17) Council member Jeff Johnson introduced the resolution, which will be up for discussion at the October 23 council meeting.

“I believe a moratorium violates the U.S. Constitution, particularly the equal protection  clause,” [St. Cloud Mayor Dave] Kleis said, referring to the 14th Amendment. “We strive very hard to be a welcoming community. We work very hard to encourage people to come to the community. We should be focusing our efforts on making sure everyone succeeds.” 

Minnesota Somalis shaken by bombing in Mogadishu (Star Tribune, 10/17/17)

The Minnesota Somali community was profoundly shaken by this weekend’s attack, which claimed more than 300 lives and devastated a bustling intersection that had come to symbolize a return to relative normalcy. Some community members said most locally at least know someone who lost a relative, friend or neighbor in the blast. It claimed the life of a Bloomington father of three who had arrived that day to look for jobs that would let him help with rebuilding.

But Afyare and others said the attack would not chill a growing hunger among Minnesota Somalis to help the country of their roots. Here in North America’s largest Somali refugee settlement, imams and other community leaders were making plans Monday to raise funds, ship medical supplies and otherwise respond to the attack.”

DACA news

Judge Orders Trump Administration to Turn Over DACA Emails (Huffington Post, 10/17/17)

“The Trump administration must turn over all emails and memos used to make its decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 program created to protect undocumented youths from deportation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.  

“The order is part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by several parties in the Northern District of California in an effort to overturn the Trump administration’s decision last month to rescind the program.”

‘Insanely worried’: Students and colleges urge Congress to protect ‘dreamers’ (Washington Post, 10/16/17)

“On Monday, the three students joined college presidents in a forum at Georgetown University that sought to publicize the plight of those who could soon lose protection from the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA, as it is known, is a major issue on campuses nationwide.

“I am insanely worried,” Medrano-Frías said. “I’ve been here since I was 3. This is all that I know, as far back as I can remember. This is it.”

And in other Immigration news

He thought he was getting his green card. Instead, a Colorado man was detained. (Denver Post, 10/17/17) Viviana Andazola Marquez took time off from her studies at Yale to fly home for her father’s green card interview, the final step in a 16-year process.

At the interview on Oct. 12, an agent went through all of the questions their lawyer had prepared them for, Andazola Marquez said. “After that she said, ‘Your dad has been recommended for approval, but there’s just one more thing.’ And then she asked my dad to ask me to leave the room.”

“Twenty minutes later, her father’s attorney and interpreter appeared and said they’d been pushed out of the room by three Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. “And my dad’s been in detention ever since,” she said.”

Democrats demand border wall will move through ‘regular order’ (Politico, 10/13/17) Democrats want the committee hearing process known as the ‘regular order,’ but Republicans want to fast track the bill.

Judge in Chicago refuses to change ruling on sanctuary cities (Chicago Tribune, 10/13/17) Judge Leinenweber refused the government’s request that he change his ruling or modify it to apply only to Chicago instead of nationwide.

“In granting the preliminary injunction last month, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration could suffer “irreparable harm” in its relationship with the immigrant community if it were to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice’s new rules. The judge also said the attorney general overstepped his authority by imposing the special conditions, agreeing with the city’s argument that it was an attempt to usurp power from Congress over the country’s purse strings.

Trump official halts abortions among undocumented, pregnant teens (Politico, 10/16/17)

“For the last seven months, the Health and Human Services Department has intervened to prevent abortions sought by girls at federally funded shelters, even in cases of rape and incest and when the teen had a way to pay for the procedure. The agency has instead forced minors to visit crisis pregnancy centers, religiously affiliated groups that counsel women against having abortions, according to documents obtained by POLITICO, interviews with sources involved in the Brownsville case and those familiar with the agency’s policy.

“In some cases, a senior HHS official has personally visited or called pregnant teens to try to talk them out of ending their pregnancies.”

They fled danger at home to make a high-stakes bet on U.S. immigration courts (Reuters, 10/17/17) The two Honduran women had nearly identical stories. One went before an immigration judge in California and was granted asylum. The other went to North Carolina – and was denied asylum and ordered deported. Their cases illustrate the “gross disparities” in asylum decisions from state to state and from judge to judge.

They were elected in 2013 to the board of the parent-teacher association at their children’s school in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. They hoped that mothers working together could oust the violent gangs that plagued the campus.

“Instead, they became targets. Weeks apart, in the spring of 2014, each of the women was confronted by armed gang members who vowed to kill them and their children if they didn’t meet the thugs’ demands”



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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