Trump’s tougher border policy appears to be backfiring, experts and data suggest

Trump’s tougher border policy appears to be backfiring, experts and data suggest

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.

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Grants More Protections for Asylum Seekers

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Grants More Protections for Asylum Seekers

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

Meet the immigrant who got a second chance from Justice Neil Gorsuch

Meet the immigrant who got a second chance from Justice Neil Gorsuch

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/

CNN: Trump says Alabama woman who joined ISIS should not return to US

CNN: Trump says Alabama woman who joined ISIS should not return to US

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

Refugees In The Empire State: A Panel Discussion – 8/20/18

Refugees In The Empire State: A Panel Discussion – 8/20/18

I was honored to participate in an hour-long panel discussion on WCNY about how President Trump’s immigration changes are affecting people in NY. The show is available via live-stream starting Monday Aug. 20 at 10 pm at http://www.wcny.org/connect-ny/. A preview is currently available via the same link.

Please join me and my fellow panelists as we discuss immigration policy, and how New York State is responding to the needs of refugees and the effects they have on Central New York communities.