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Monthly Archives: September 2018
The children were awakened in the middle of the night, in shelters across the country. They were ordered to put their possessions in backpacks and then loaded on buses for the trek to a Texas tent city immigration jail. Sometimes … Continue reading
Each week, FWD.US compiles a list of individual cases that show the human consequences of U.S. immigration law. They are added to an on-going tracker, as part of FWD.US efforts to move toward fixing our country’s broken immigration system. Here are … Continue reading
As newspapers, advocates, and think tanks weigh in on the public charge rule, denunciation ranges from “unnecessarily strict and hard-hearted rules aimed at solving a problem that social scientists say doesn’t exist” (Los Angeles Times) to “direct attack on children” … Continue reading
While the punitive public benefit regulation will force hard choices on many immigrant families, other tough choices already abound, some imposed by law and more by deliberately harsh policies and practices.
The weekend’s biggest immigration news broke on Saturday evening, as the Department of Homeland Security posted online a long-threatened 447-page proposed “public charge” regulation. The regulation can be used to deny permanent legal residence to immigrants if they, or anyone … Continue reading
Once again using his power to overrule immigration judges, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new edict that orders no discretionary termination of deportation cases. He wrote that judges “have no inherent authority to terminate removal proceedings even though a … Continue reading
Several recent reports gave important new data on immigrants in the United States.
Back from a long weekend on Lake Superior, to the not-unexpected news that Trump has cut refugee numbers again, setting the cap for fiscal year 2019 at a historic low of 30,000. Last year, he reduced the cap on refugee … Continue reading
Trying to catch up, as the week slips away from me. Yesterday’s big news included a new deal to allow about one thousand parents to re-apply for asylum, a Trump push to pay Mexico to deport Central Americans before they … Continue reading
Remember the tent city in the Texas desert serving as a “temporary shelter” for children? It started with 360 beds, grew to 1,200, and now now the ironically named Department of Health and Human Services has announced plans to more … Continue reading