Immigration

‘Unconscionable, But Unsurprising’: Trump Border Officials Proposed ‘Heat Ray’ Weapon to Deter Migrants

Reporting by the New York Times Wednesday that Customs and Border Protection officials floated in 2018 the idea of using a “heat ray”weapon to deter migrants at the border was seized upon by the president’s critics as more evidence of the Trump administration’s cruelty-driven immigration policies. “It’s unconscionable that this was even considered,” the ACLU …

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‘Cynical’ as Well as ‘Insultingly Illegal’: Critics Blast Anti-Immigrant Trump for Exploiting Naturalization Ceremony at RNC

As massive backlogs across the U.S. prevent tens of thousands of immigrants from becoming citizens and voters, President Donald Trump—who has spent much of his term demonizing and terrorizing immigrants through rhetoric and policy—hosted a naturalization ceremony at the White House for five new citizens Tuesday on the second night of the Republican National Convention. …

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Steve Bannon Arrested for Fraud Related to Role in Privatized Border Wall Scheme

This is a breaking story and may be updated. Former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was arrested and charged Thursday for his alleged role in “defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors” related to the anti-immigrant “We Build the Wall” campaign. The indictment was unsealed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District …

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Marginalized Communities Could Be ‘Shortchanged’ for Decades to Come by Trump’s Abrupt Change to Census Deadline, Critics Say

In addition to imposing likely delays in the delivery of mail-in ballots during the November elections through its sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service, the Trump administration appears intent on jeopardizing elections and marginalized communities for decades to come, critics said Sunday of the president’s abrupt change to the U.S. census deadline.  When the coronavirus …

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Saying ICE Has ‘Lost the Right to Be Trusted,’ Federal Judge Orders Mandatory Testing at Detention Center Hit by Covid-19

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to find and implement rapid on-site testing following an outbreak that hospitalized two detainees and infected at least seven others at a California detention facility. U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria also ordered ICE not to take in any new detainees at …

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Rights Group Demands ICE End ‘Beyond Inhumane’ Detention and Deportations as Covid-19 Pandemic Intensifies

Blaming the Trump administration’s “irresponsible actions” for the ongoing spread of Covid-19 in immigration detention centers across the U.S. and in countries where ICE has deported hundreds of people since March, the International Rescue Committee on Monday demanded that people be released from detention immediately to mitigate the spread of the virus. ICE currently acknowledges …

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‘This Is Terrorism’: With No Face Masks and No Warrant, Border Patrol Agents Raid Humanitarian Aid Station in Arizona and Detain 30 Migrants

Border Patrol agents on Friday night raided a humanitarian aid station run by immigrant rights advocacy group No More Deaths, detaining 30 people in what activists described as a “massive show of force” aimed at intimidating the group.  “Once again, Border Patrol is concentrating their resources on interfering with humanitarian aid during the most deadly …

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ACLU and Immigrant Rights Groups Challenge Latest Trump Effort to ‘Rig the Census for Partisan Gain’

“The constitutional mandate is clear—every person counts in the census. Undocumented immigrants are people—and nothing President Trump does or says changes that fact.” “We want to make sure that President Trump can’t erase this country’s millions of hard-working immigrants and cripple the regions that have welcomed them as neighbors.”—Gustavo Torres, CASA So said Dale Ho, …

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Twenty-One State Attorneys General File Suit to Stop ‘Illegal’ Effort by Trump to Skew the Census for Political Gain

New York state Attorney General Letitia James on Friday spearheaded a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his attempt to “illegally” tip the representation in the U.S. House of Representatives by excluding the counting of undocumented immigrants in the 2020 census. According to a statement from James’ office, the suit—filed by a coalition of states, …

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Twenty-One State Attorneys General File Suit to Stop ‘Illegal’ Effort by Trump to Skew the Census for Political Gain

New York state Attorney General Letitia James on Friday spearheaded a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his attempt to “illegally” tip the representation in the U.S. House of Representatives by excluding the counting of undocumented immigrants in the 2020 census. According to a statement from James’ office, the suit—filed by a coalition of states, …

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‘Flagrantly Unconstitutional’: Trump Issues Order to Block Undocumented Immigrants From Being Counted in Census

President Donald Trump issued a memorandum on Tuesday seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census—a move being criticized as “flagrantly unconstitutional” and as another effort “to weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities.” “After losing the battle to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, the Trump administration seeks to …

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‘Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy’: Trump Seizes on Bush-Era Torture Memo Author John Yoo’s Call for Extralegal Executive Authority

Progressives are raising alarm after news Sunday that President Donald Trump is reportedly looking to move forward with a series of extralegal maneuvers to further his agenda by bypassing Congress with use of a legal argument from John Yoo, the lawyer notorious for- helping craft the justification of torture in the George W. Bush administration. …

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120 Rights Groups Demand ICE Immediately ‘Release All Detained Families Together’

Led by Amnesty International USA, 120 rights groups on Friday urged the Trump administration to release all families being held in immigrant detention centers as it complies with a recent court order to release children from these facilities due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We strongly object to any plan to place a …

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80+ Lawmakers Demand Trump Rescind ‘Cruel, Senseless’ Plan to Force International Students Out of US

More than 80 members of Congress late Thursday demanded that the Trump administration immediately withdraw a “cruel, senseless, and xenophobic” directive that would strip international college students of their visas to study in the U.S. if their fall coursework is moved entirely online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Issued earlier this week by Immigration and …

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As Colleges Resort to Online Learning, ICE Issues ‘Needlessly Cruel’ Rule Pushing International Students Out of US

Immigrant rights advocates were angered on Monday after Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced international students whose U.S. schools are moving to an online-only model for the Fall 2020 semester will no longer be welcome in the United States. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a physics and astronomy professor at University of New Hampshire, wrote that the Trump administration …

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Citing ‘Unconscionable and Irresponsible Omission,’ ACLU Demands Equal Covid-19 Protections for Immigrants

The ACLU on Thursday launched a new digital ad campaign calling on the U.S. Senate to correct an “unconscionable” omission in the nation’s coronavirus testing strategy, demanding that all immigrants be made eligible for Covid-19 testing and treatment in any upcoming legislation. “It is your responsibility to make sure everyone has access to health care …

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Because Covid-19 Leaving Detention Centers ‘On Fire,’ Judge Orders Release of Children Held by ICE

A federal judge ruled Friday evening that immigrant children held in ICE detention must be released by July 17 due to the danger of the coronavirus pandemic, an order that was met with urgings from rights groups for the concurrent release of parents as well by the agency. “The ball is in ICE’s court now …

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Betraying ‘Bedrock Principle’ of Due Process, Supreme Court Allows Fast-Tracked Deportations

The ACLU warned Thursday that people’s lives could be “in grave danger” following the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing for fast-tracked deportations of certain asylum seekers. The ruling was 7-2, with Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissenting. CNN reported: Currently, undocumented immigrants who are caught within 100 miles of a land border and within 14 …

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‘Exploitation of a Pandemic to Reshape Immigration Law’: Trump Order on Worker Visa Restrictions Sparks Outrage

President Donald Trump was accused of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to advance his administration’s anti-immigrant agenda in response to his Monday order expanding restrictions on temporary worker visas. “This is another thinly-veiled attempt to implement radical changes to our immigration system, and to limit the number of non-citizens who are able to come to the …

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Trump Accused of ‘Weaponizing’ Pandemic as Administration Weighs Extending Ban on Border Asylum Claims Indefinitely

A reported move by the White House to indefinitely extend restrictions on crossing the border is generating accusations that President Donald Trump is “weaponizing” the coronavirus pandemic crisis to pursue the most radical elements of his anti-immigration agenda.  An order under review by the administration would extend Centers for Disease Control (CDC) restrictions on nonessential …

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A Life of Heat ‘Near Unlivable’ for More Than 3 Billion People in Just Decades, Climate Report Warns

In the next five decades, more than three billion people—one third of the world’s population—could live in regions with climate conditions considered unlivable, according to a new study. Researchers at Washington State University, Nanjing University in China, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands examined the history of the conditions in which humans have comfortably lived, …

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