Categories for Immigration

29,077. 10/4/2019

IMMIGRATION/POLAND/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I have just officially nominated Poland for entry into the Visa Waiver Program. With this decades long-awaited announcement, we are in the final steps of the process which, when complete, would grant Polish nationals visa-free business and tourism travel to the U.S. & vice versa.” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 4, 2019 5:02 pm

28,403. 9/14/2019

IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @realDonaldTrump: Great news about the work we are doing on illegal immigration! https://t.co/ihTYQAYWxu

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 14, 2019 2:15 pm

28,385. 9/13/2019

IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great news about the work we are doing on illegal immigration! https://t.co/ihTYQAYWxu

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 13, 2019 5:08 pm

28,381. 9/13/2019

DEMS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Illegal Immigration costs the USA over 300 Billion Dollars a year. There is no reason for this, and things are being set in motion to have this number come WAY DOWN. Democrats could end Loopholes and it would be a whole lot easier, and faster. But it will all happen anyway!….” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 13, 2019 9:41 am

28,375. 9/13/2019

COURTS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The nation’s immigration judges lost a key leader this week, the latest in a string of departures at the top of the system amid a backlog of cases and a migrant crisis at the southwestern border. The official, David Neal, said that he would retire from his position as head of the judges’ appeals board effective Saturday [9-14-19]. ‘With a heavy heart, I have decided to retire from government service,’ Mr. Neal wrote in a letter sent to the board Thursday [9-12-19] and obtained by The New York Times. He gave no reason for his abrupt departure and asked his colleagues to ‘keep true to your commitment to fairness and justice.’ No replacement has been announced, and a Justice Department spokesman declined to comment, citing a policy to not do so on personnel matters.”

Katie Benner, “Top Immigration Judge Departs Amid Broader Discontent Over Trump Policies,” The New York Times online, September 13, 2019

28,322. 9/11/2019

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Chhaya Chhoum’s journey to the Bronx began in the forced labor camp where the Khmer Rouge, during its genocidal rule in 1970s Cambodia, had forced her parents to wed. Her mother, who was 18, fled with her family, carrying her infant through jungle trails to refugee camps in Thailand. But the camps offered neither safety nor a future. So the family began a second journey: applying for refugee resettlement in the United States. By the time they were brought to New York, Ms. Chhoum had spent almost seven years in the camps. The family thrived in the Bronx. Her mother became a mental health worker, a leader in the community. And as an adult, Ms. Chhoum founded an organization, Mekong NYC, that provides services for Southeast Asian refugees and their families…But stories like Ms. Chhoum’s may soon become far rarer. The White House is considering plans to slash refugee resettlement numbers to a fraction of historic levels or even to zero, all but ending the program.”

Amanda Taub and Max Fisher, “Trump’s Refugee Cuts Threaten Deep Consequences at Home and Abroad,” The New York Times online, September 11, 2019

28,242. 9/9/2019

BORDER/COURTS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Monday [9-9-19] issued a nationwide order barring a Trump administration policy that denies asylum to migrants crossing the border unless they have already tried and failed to obtain asylum in another country along the way, a rule that effectively bans claims for most Central Americans fleeing persecution and poverty. Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California reinstated a nationwide injunction preventing implementation of the new asylum policy in response to a federal appeals court ruling that had limited his original ruling’s scope to border states in the West. Judge Tigar made findings, as outlined by the appellate judges, that applying the injunction across the country was necessary to maintain a ‘uniform immigration policy’ and prevent ‘uneven enforcement.’”

Sarah Mervosh, “Judge Reinstates Nationwide Injunction on Trump Asylum Rule,” The New York Times online, September 9, 2019

28,162. 9/6/2019

DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Immigration Law Institute’s Christopher Hajec says, ‘The Supreme Court has to look st whether DACA is lawful. What they are looking at now is whether Trump’s recision of DACA is lawful. Must consider lawfulness of DACA itself. Looks very odd that President Trump doesn’t…..” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 6, 2019 7:08 am

28,156. 9/5/2019

BORDER/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “RT @DaveNYviii: President Trump Border Update 500 Miles of Wall Complete by Close of 2020 Irregular Migration Reduced by 50% #BuildTheWal…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 5, 2019 7:06 am

28,140. 9/4/2019

DHS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/INVESTIGATIONS/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [9-4-19] subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security for documents connected to President Donald Trump’s alleged offer to pardon officials who break the law while carrying out his immigration agenda. Trump has denied making such an offer, and his allies have reportedly claimed his closed-door comments — revealed in media reports — were jokes. But Democrats say they want to see the records from inside the department, particularly as the Judiciary Committee weighs the prospect of impeachment…Nadler said his panel will also hold hearings in the coming months related to the issue of pardons as it continues its sweeping investigation into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuses of power by the president. The New York Democrat added that the ‘troubling pattern of obstruction of justice would represent a continuation of the misconduct identified in the Mueller report.’”

Kyle Cheney, “Judiciary panel issues subpoena on Trump’s alleged offer to pardon DHS officials,” Politico, September 4, 2019 5:52 pm

28,139. 9/4/2019

FLORIDA/IMMIGRATION/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott asked President Donald Trump on Wednesday [9-4-19] to waive some visa requirements for citizens of the Bahamas, which was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. In a letter to Trump, Rubio and Scott requested that the administration make it easier for citizens of the Bahamas to seek shelter with their families in the United States, in the aftermath of the Category 5 hurricane that left at least seven dead and devastated much of the island nation…Both senators also noted Florida’s strong ties to the Bahamas and said Floridians ‘are eager to help their family and friends in the Bahamas.’ About 20,000 Bahamians reportedly live in South Florida. Hubert Minnis, prime minister of the Bahamas, said Tuesday [9-3-19] that the country was ‘in the midst of one of the great national crises in our country’s history.’”

Marianne Levine, “Rubio, Scott ask Trump to waive visa requirements for Bahamians,” Politico, September 4, 2019 5:46 pm

28,128. 9/4/2019

BORDER/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The number of migrants caught crossing the southwest border continued a sharp decline in August, according to preliminary figures obtained by POLITICO. Border Patrol arrested roughly 51,000 migrants in August, a 30 percent drop from the previous month. The latest figures signal that counter-migration measures instituted by the Trump administration may be reducing the number of border crossers. Border arrests rose from July to August in eight of the last 10 years, which suggests the current drop is not related to recent historical patterns. President Donald Trump has made reducing illegal immigration a major focus of his administration and nascent reelection campaign, with mixed results. The number of migrants arrested at the border soared in the spring to the highest monthly levels in more than a decade. At the peak, Border Patrol arrested nearly 133,000 migrants at the southwest border, the biggest monthly total since March 2006.”

Ted Hesson, “Border arrests continued to drop in August amid Trump crackdown,” Politico, September 4, 2019 2:46 pm

28,053. 9/2/2019

DHS/HEALTHCARE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Monday [9-2-19] announced that it would reconsider its decision to force immigrants facing life-threatening health crises to return to their home countries, an abrupt move last month that generated public outrage and was roundly condemned by the medical establishment. On Aug. 7, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, without public notice, eliminated a ‘deferred action’ program that had allowed immigrants to avoid deportation while they or their relatives were undergoing lifesaving medical treatment. The agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, had sent letters informing those who had asked for a renewal, which the immigrants must make every two years, that it was no longer entertaining such requests. The letters said that the immigrants must leave the country within 33 days, or face deportation. On Monday, the agency said in a statement that while limiting the program was ‘appropriate,’ officials would ‘complete the caseload that was pending on August 7.’”

Miriam Jordan, “Faced With Criticism, Trump Administration Reverses Abrupt End to Humanitarian Relief,” The New York Times online, September 2, 2019

28,029. 9/1/2019

IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: ‘It is disheartening that families continue to put their lives and the lives of their children at risk of drowning and heat…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 1, 2019 9:03 am

27,878. 8/28/2019

EDUCATION/IMMIGRATION/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Cottey College, a women’s college in Nevada, Mo., accepted six students from Ethiopia this year, and officials were disappointed when two of them were denied visas. They were puzzled by the reason: The students, the State Department said, did not have strong enough ties to their home country and might not return. ‘At the age of 17 or 18?’ Megan Corrigan, international education coordinator for the college, said on Wednesday. Unexpected denials and long delays have become increasingly common for international students and scholars seeking visas, raising concerns among college officials who see a threat to the diversity and enrichment of their campuses, and causing anxiety for students who may have spent years preparing to study in the United States — only to have their hopes dashed…University officials say the number of visas going through extended security checks has spiked under the Trump administration. The government has cracked down on international students who overstay their visas, issuing harsher penalties on violators.”

Anemona Hartocollis, “International Students Face Hurdles Under Trump Administration Policy,” The New York Times online, August 28, 2019

27,876. 8/28/2019

BORDER/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WALL: “President Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall along the southwestern border is far behind schedule. So he has told his aides to get the job done by whatever means necessary, including by seizing land on the Mexican frontier. The president has repeatedly suggested during meetings on immigration policy that aides ‘take the land’ and ‘get it done,’ according to a person who has heard him say it. The Washington Post first reported that Mr. Trump had brought up the land seizures and had floated the idea of offering pardons to aides willing to break the law, a suggestion he has made previously when exploring ways to fulfill his campaign promises. On Wednesday [8-28-19], a senior administration official insisted that Mr. Trump had never seriously raised pardons or asked anyone to break the law. The president had been joking, the official said — ‘he winks when he does it.’”

Katie Rogers and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Trump Tells Aides ‘Take the Land’ as Impatience Grows on Border Wall,” The New York Times online, August 28, 2019

27,848. 8/26/2019

DHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to allow a rule limiting asylum claims to go into effect nationwide while a lower court ruling blocking it is appealed. A federal judge had blocked the Trump administration rule, which dramatically limits the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum if they enter the US by land through Mexico, nationwide. Earlier this month, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals dialed back the nationwide injunction, saying that it can only apply to migrants claiming asylum in California and Arizona, states that fall under the Ninth Circuit’s jurisdiction. In its filing Monday [8-26-19], the administration laid out its case for the rule, arguing that, among other things, it ‘alleviates a crushing burden on the US asylum system’ and deters migrants from coming to the US…The Trump administration has rolled out a slew of policies in recent weeks to try to curb migration to the United States amid high border apprehension numbers.”

Priscilla Alvarez, “Trump lawyers ask Supreme Court to allow rule limiting asylum claims to go into effect nationwide,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 26, 2019 6:04 pm

27,770. 8/23/2019

IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: The Flores agreement is a catch-22—creating ‘an enormous incentive for adult migrants to bring kids along, even if the jour…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 23, 2019 8:11 pm

27,683. 8/22/2019

CITIZENSHIP/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The day after his administration unveiled a regulation that would allow it to indefinitely detain migrant families with children, President Trump also revived talk of a much more radical step: abolishing automatic American citizenship for anyone born in the United States. Mr. Trump said on Wednesday [8-21-19] that the rule, enshrined in the Constitution for more than 150 years and rooted in common law before that, was ‘frankly ridiculous,’ and said the White House was ‘looking very, very seriously” at ending a policy that in the past he has called “a magnet for illegal immigration.’ Here is what you need to know about birthright citizenship and whether the president could put an end to it. Does the Constitution guarantee birthright citizenship? Yes. The 14th Amendment says, ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside’…Can the president abolish it? No. The president cannot amend the Constitution, and an executive order trying to end or restrict the right to citizenship of persons born in the United States would almost certainly be challenged in court as a violation of the 14th Amendment.”

Patrick J. Lyons, “Trump Wants to Abolish Birthright Citizenship. Can He Do That?,” The New York Times online, August 22, 2019

27,656. 8/21/2019

BORDER/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Brandon Judd, President, National Border Patrol Council. ‘This will effectively end Catch and Release and curb illegal entries.’” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 21, 2019 6:44 am

27,631. 8/20/2019

ENTITLEMENTS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: ‘Foreign individuals should not be allowed to come to America in order to take advantage of its welfare programs,’ the Was…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 20, 2019 8:42 am

27,617. 8/20/2019

AGRICULTURE/CENTRAL AMERICA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a bid to strengthen an asylum deal forged between Guatemala’s outgoing president and the United States, a U.S. official offered on Monday [8-19-19] to triple the number of temporary farmworker visas available to Guatemalans. Last month, under threat of painful sanctions issued by U.S. President Donald Trump, Guatemala’s Jimmy Morales agreed to require U.S.-bound Hondurans and Salvadorans to seek refuge in Guatemala instead of proceeding north. The deal, known as a ‘safe third country’ agreement, is meant to reduce U.S. asylum claims. While hailed by Trump, it has also provoked widespread criticism from rights groups citing the risks of sending vulnerable people to a country with endemic poverty and violence. Guatemala’s incoming president, Alejandro Giammattei, won a runoff election earlier this month and said afterwards that the deeply unpopular deal still needs to be approved by Guatemala’s legislature as well as the U.S. Congress, further complicating its future.” 

Sophia Menchu, “U.S. envoy offers farm visas to boost asylum deal with Guatemala,” Reuters, August 20, 2019 4:47 am

27,590. 8/18/2019

IMMIGRATION/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @OliverMcGee: Wow. Throwback to when Senator Barack Obama agreed with @realDonaldTrump on immigration! RT this so your friends see this!…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 18, 2019 10:25 pm

27,518. 8/16/2019

BORDER/COURTS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal appeals court on Friday [8-16-19] handed the Trump administration a partial victory in its quest for an asylum ban, appearing to clear the way for imposing it along the border in New Mexico and Texas, at least temporarily. While the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision to block the ban, it narrowed the nationwide injunction to the 9th Circuit, which encompasses district courts in the border states of Arizona and California. But the panel also said in a related order that the asylum ban, implemented in July, likely violated federal regulatory law because it was issued without an adequate period for public comment. President Donald Trump and his top aides have argued that many asylum seekers arriving at the border lack valid claims to protection. As a result, the administration has sought to restrict access to asylum through a range of experimental policies. The latest asylum clampdown came in the form of a fast-track regulation issued in mid-July that barred migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they first passed through another nation without seeking protection.”

Ted Hesson, “Trump scores partial win on asylum ban as court narrows injunction,” Politico, August 16, 2019 2:01 pm

27,511. 8/16/2019

CRIME/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: [email protected] agents arrested a previously deported child rapist on Wednesday after he attempted to re-enter the United Stat…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 16, 2019 7:43 am