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

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

An executive order cannot repeal birthright citizenship, period.

An executive order cannot repeal birthright citizenship, period.

Should President Trump make good on his threats to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship, the move would be both legally and procedurally invalid. In an op-ed for The New York Daily News, I outline several obstacles the President’s stated intent, starting with the legal precedent that should prevent an executive order voiding the 14th Amendment.

An even stronger counterpoint to an executive order is the fact that only a change to the Constitution can effectively end birthright citizenship, and this would have to come from a Congressional decision, not a unilateral order issued by the President.

My third, and final point of contention comes from the sheer impracticality of the move. There is no clear procedure for handling the children and families that would be affected by such an order.

For more thorough insight into these points, click on the the link below:

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-an-executive-order-cannot-repeal-birthright-citizenship-period-20181031-story.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.