The national debate on immigration is heated and has direct implications for policies and practices within the union. Content on this page highlight the experiences found in different states.

A panel of three appeals court judges in California on Tuesday asked the federal government to defend its decision to end a program protecting from deportation some immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children, who are often referred to as 'Dreamers.'

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The attorney general ordered judges to stop administratively closing cases, whether they think it's best or not.

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President Donald Trump is defending his use of the word "animals" to describe some immigrants who enter the country illegally, saying he would continue to use the term to refer to violent gang members despite a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders.

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While it may be a time of great challenges for those who are immigrants, or work with immigrants, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, Marielena Hincapie, says the moment is critical for the United States. 

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White House chief of staff John Kelly said he believes the vast majority of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border into the US do not assimilate well because they are poorly educated.

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With help from Ian Kullgren and Josh Gerstein DACA’S LEGAL LABYRINTH: The 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments Tuesday over President Donald Trump’s decision to end the DACA program, which offers work permits and deportation relief to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. 

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Federal judges have ordered the DACA program continued, but many recipients have been slow to reapply. The pace has picked up, but confusion over the law and fear of Trump policies has caused enough hesitation that some 9,000 have already lost their status and its protection from deportation.

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Immigration officials have sharply increased audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the country, signaling the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a “culture of compliance” among employers who rely on immigrant labor.

 

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Central Americans who travel north to plead for entry at the U.S. border are taking their chances on an immigration system that is deeply divided on whether they can qualify for asylum if they are fleeing domestic violence or street crime, rather than persecution from the government.

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After nearly two decades, the Trump administration is ending special immigration status for around 86,000 Hondurans who live in the U.S. - status granted following Hurricane Mitch in 1998. 

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When: 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. ET 

Event will be also recorded.

Where:

MPI Conference Room 
1400 16th Street NW
Suite 300 (Third Floor)
Washington, DC 20036

 

Speakers: 

Randy Capps, Director of Research, U.S. Programs, MPI

Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI's office at NYU School of Law

J. Thomas Manger, Chief of Police, Montgomery County, Maryland, and President, Major Cities Chiefs Association

Gary Mead, former Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

Rafael Laveaga, Head of Consulate of Mexico in Washington, DC (responsible for DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia) 
 

Moderator: 

Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program, MPI  

Within days of the inauguration, the Trump administration announced sweeping changes that are reshaping the immigration enforcement system in the U.S. interior by which removable noncitizens are arrested, detained, and deported. 
 
In ways big and small, the administration is reorienting the enforcement system. At the same time, there is growing pushback, particularly from states and localities unwilling to cooperate with federal enforcement. How do arrests and deportations under the Trump administration compare to past administrations? How are state and local governments, civil society, and consulates responding? What are the impacts of new policies on federal enforcement, federal-state-local enforcement relationships, and immigrant communities? 
 
To assess the changes and their impacts, Migration Policy Institute researchers visited 15 jurisdictions across the United States, both those cooperating, such as Houston, and those limiting cooperation, such Los Angeles. Their findings are contained in a major new report MPI will release on May 8. It reflects interviews across a broad spectrum including ICE field leadership, senior local law enforcement and elected officials, immigration attorneys, community service providers, immigrant-rights advocates, consular officials, and former immigration judges. The report also provides analysis of national ICE data obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests. 
Join us for the release of this study and a discussion examining the operation of today’s interior enforcement system.   
This event will be recorded. 
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Art museums, a Gold Star father, lawmakers, states and one of Donald Trump's personal lawyers are pleading with the Supreme Court on the fate of the President's travel ban.

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The Trump administration said that the protected immigration status the United States granted to some 9,000 Nepalis after a 2015 earthquake would end in June 2019, making them vulnerable to deportation.

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Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday.

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A federal judge in Brooklyn gave permission to the government on Monday to appeal his recent decision that allowed two lawsuits seeking to preserve a program that shields some undocumented young adults from deportation to cite President Trump’s “racially charged language” against Latinos.

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The Supreme Court has so far had little to say about Donald Trump’s time as president, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That’s about to change.

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The Trump administration says it separates immigrant families only when necessary to protect the child. But the government’s own figures show this has happened in more than 700 cases.

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The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, agreeing with a lower court judge who had imposed a temporary injunction last year. 

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The Trump administration has yet another important immigration decision to make soon: whether to end or extend temporary protections and work permits for Hondurans in the United States. 

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The United States is seeking to send thousands of immigrants from Vietnam back to the communist-ruled country despite a bilateral agreement that should protect most from deportation, according to Washington's former ambassador to Hanoi.

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A wide-ranging coalition that includes a major Republican donor, cruise-line officials, agricultural interests and former pro basketball players is seeking to halt a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Florida businesses to verify the immigration status of new employees. 

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Refugee rights groups say the Trump administration has closed the door on vulnerable Syrian civilians even as it mulls military operations against the regime for humanitarian reasons.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) inspector general will reportedly examine whether the department is separating the children of asylum seekers from their parents while in immigration custody.

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Federal officials arrested 97 immigrants at a meat-processing plant in rural Tennessee on Thursday in what civil rights organizations said was the largest single workplace raid in a decade and a sign that the Trump administration is carrying out its plan to aggressively ramp up enforcement this year.

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According to a study conducted by University at Albany assistant professor Lisa Baranik, access and opportunity — which includes the discounting of home country experiences — was the most common barrier to finding employment cited by the refugees she surveyed.

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Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they would send 400 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border by next week in response to President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to consider tougher charges against people who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time.

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A federal judge in Washington issued an injunction on Friday preventing the Trump administration from interfering with the ability of undocumented teenagers in U.S. custody to have abortions or obtain abortion-related services. 

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At least 12 states signaled Tuesday that they would sue to block the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, arguing that the change would cause fewer Americans to be counted and violate the Constitution. The State of California filed a separate lawsuit on March 26.

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For the first time since 1950, the U.S. Census Bureau is planning to ask everyone living in the United States whether they are citizens when it conducts its next decennial census in 2020. Anticipating that some immigrants might avoid answering the question, the Trump administration wants to try using other government records to fill in missing responses.

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A group of Senate Democrats is requesting a hearing to dig into the 2020 census after the Trump administration announced this week it would include a question on citizenship. 

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Millions of immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants reportedly may have to fork over information from their social media accounts should a new State Department proposal be approved.

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Princeton and 30 other colleges and universities filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, March 30, in support of the State of Hawaii’s challenge to a Trump administration proclamation on immigration.

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case challenging whether immigrants convicted of crimes are exempt from mandatory detention during removal proceedings if they aren’t immediately detained by immigration officials after being released from criminal custody.

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With most public attention around immigration focused on the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, the scope of a series of actions restricting legal entry to the country has gone largely unnoticed. 

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An effort to protect young Dreamer immigrants from deportation never really had much chance of squeezing into the last bill Congress must pass this election year. That’s why bargainers from both parties were surprised when the White House tried anyway.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using backend Facebook data to track down undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation, according to a  report by The Intercept.

 

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Ms. Mangayan is a personal care aide, a grueling and low-paid profession that happens to be one of the country’s fastest growing. It is also increasingly filled with foreign-born, low-skilled workers like Ms. Mangayan, the kind now at the center of a national debate on immigration.

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An Army veteran from Chicago who served two tours in Afghanistan and had been in the U.S. since age 8 has been deported to Mexico because of a 2008 drug-trafficking conviction.

 

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