Last week, I spoke with several news outlets about Trump’s planned immigration raids. While the number of people targeted by these raids is significantly smaller in scale than the number of people ICE detains on an ongoing basis, the announcement and execution of the operation have caused significant turmoil for immigrant communities and the businesses where they work. Immigrant advocates are preparing for some major battles in the coming months.
Undocumented people living in the United States are protected by certain constitutional rights and are able to bring certain issues to court. For starters, immigration agents are not legally allowed to forcibly enter a home without authorization. Immigrants can refuse to open the door when an agent approaches unless the agents have a valid search warrant.
Furthermore, although Trump has a right to deport people with final deportation orders, many people may have been ordered deported illegally. If the immigration agency didn’t have their correct address to notify them about their immigration court date, they may have the right to reopen their immigration case.
You can learn more about these developments here:
Marketplace Morning Report:
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Despite Trump’s claims that he wants someone who will be “tougher”, on immigration issues, Kirstjen Nielsen will be perceived as the most hardline Secretary of Homeland Security we’ve ever had.
Recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Recent reveal Trump’s immigration policies aren’t reducing the number of illegal border crossings. In fact, with each hardline policy he announces, he aggravates the growing crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Read Matt Kwong’s reporting and see what the data are showing us here.
Trump’s call for a “tougher” secretary of homeland security is unrealistic.
ABC reports on how Kirstjen Nielsen’s time in the Trump administration was complicated by her accountability to Congress and how the immigration changes Trump and his administration have been demanding aren’t as straightforward as he makes them sound.
The number of migrants seeking asylum at the southern border of the US has been steadily rising. Trump’s administration has tried to make claiming asylum harder by narrowing grounds for winning asylum, imposing daily entry quotas, and forcing people to stay in Mexico while awaiting a decision.
Earlier this week, a federal appeals court ruled that applicants who are initially denied asylum have a right to appeal their case. The Trump administration will likely try to appeal this historic ruling before the Supreme Court. Read the New York Times’ reporting on this historical case at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/us/asylum-seekers-ninth-circuit.html
In 2010, James Dimaya’s no contest plea for residential burglargies led an Obama administration immigration judge to bring removal proceedings against the lawful permanent resident. Arguing the law used against him was unconstitutionally vague, Dimaya’s lawyers challenged the order.
Dimaya’s case made it to the Supreme Court, where he worried that Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch would surely rule against him. Much to Dimaya’s relief, Gorsuch sided with the liberal side of the court.
Some are wondering if this indicates a trend where Gorsuch will lean more liberal than Trump expected, but it’s more likely a signal of his position on vague laws. He probably won’t be pro-immigrant on every case, but I think Congress will need to be more careful when drafting immigration laws if they’re hoping for favorable rulings from Gorsuch.
Read the story on CNN at: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/05/politics/james-dimaya-justice-neil-gorsuch/
The Trump administration asserts that Hoda Muthana, the Alabama woman who joined ISIS and is publicly pleading to come back to the United State, cannot return, but the situation is not clear cut.
I spoke with CNN about some of the circumstances and details involving this case. See the full article at: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/20/politics/hoda-muthana-state-department/index.html