Pro-immigration groups are criticizing a new Trump administration plan to deny green cards to applicants who use public assistance, such as Medicaid and food stamps, as an attempt to limit immigration to wealthy individuals, thus negatively impacting low-income immigrants in particular.
In an interview with Time, I expressed my concern that this plan will give the Trump administration too much power in deciding who is likely to use public benefits, and pro-immigration groups across the nation have called the plan an effort to racially profile applicants and limit legal migration for people of color.
To learn more about the story and details surrounding access to public benefits for immigrants, visit Time:
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would expand its expedited removal program, usually limited to the southern border, to rapidly deport undocumented immigrants found anywhere in the United States.
The Trump Administration cites long detention waits and immigrant court backlogs as the rationale behind the dramatic expansion. However, by eliminating review with an immigration judge, expedited removal removes due process for immigrants who have lived here for years, creating chaos and uncertainty in immigrant communities. Furthermore, should a U.S. citizen be taken into custody, they can now be fast-tracked for removal without an option to speak before a judge.
Visit the links below to learn more about expedited removal policies and their latest expansion.
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:
Voice of America:
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 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