Categories for Immigration

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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, August 16, 2019 7:43 am

27,487. 8/15/2019

ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: After @ICEgov recently removed illegal immigrants working at Koch Foods’ plants in Mississippi, Americans are applying for…”

Donald Trump,, August 15, 2019 2:53 pm

27,451. 8/14/2019

IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has said the immigration overhaul it announced this week will ensure that new legal residents carry their own weight, without prejudice or favor. Yet the new rule for weeding out those who might be a drain on taxpayers will almost certainly disadvantage poor people from Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia. Over time, people who are granted green cards — the major step toward winning citizenship — will become wealthier but their numbers will shrink, researchers predicted. More green cards will go to immigrants with a good education and a measure of self-sufficiency; fewer will be granted simply because someone has a family member in the United States. Immigrants from Europe and Canada are least likely to face problems under the new regulations, according to one study, which found that, by contrast, nearly three-quarters of recent arrivals from Mexico and the Caribbean have relatively modest incomes that would jeopardize their chances at a green card.”

Michael D. Shear, Miriam Jordan and Caitlin Dickerson, “Trump’s Policy Could Alter the Face of the American Immigrant,” The New York Times online, August 14, 2019

27,443. 8/14/2019

IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @parscale: WE MUST ENFORCE OUR LAWS! Both suspects are illegal aliens. One was ordered removed but never left. The other was deported &…” 

Donald Trump,, August 14, 2019 4:41 pm

27,366. 8/12/2019

IMMIGRATION/REGULATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Monday [8-12-19] broadened his assault on the nation’s immigration system, issuing a new rule targeting legal immigrants who want to remain in the United States but whose lack of financial resources is judged likely to make them a burden on taxpayers. The new regulation is aimed at hundreds of thousands of immigrants who enter the country legally every year and then apply to become permanent residents. Starting in October, the government’s decision will be based on an aggressive wealth test to determine whether those immigrants have the means to support themselves. Poor immigrants will be denied permanent legal status, also known as a green card, if they are deemed likely to use government benefit programs such as food stamps and subsidized housing. Wealthier immigrants, who are designated as less likely to require public assistance, will be able to obtain a green card.”

Michael D. Shear and Eileen Sullivan, “Trump Policy Favors Wealthier Immigrants for Green Cards,” The New York Times online, August 12, 2019

27,363. 8/12/2019

IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TeamTrump: President @realDonaldTrump is ensuring that non-citizens do not abuse American’s public benefits. The Public Charge Rule wi…”

Donald Trump,, August 12, 2019 5:28 pm

27,353. 8/12/2019

IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: JUST ANNOUNCED: President @realDonaldTrump will enforce a Clinton-era law to ensure that non-citizens do not abuse our publ…”

Donald Trump,, August 12, 2019 2:32 pm

27,308. 8/8/2019

BORDER/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Jim_Jordan: Border Patrol took us to the border itself, including a boat patrol of the Rio Grande River. We saw Mexican government au…”

Donald Trump,, August 8, 2019 10:42 pm

27,292. 8/8/2019

CENTRAL AMERICA/CUBA/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “There is a new hint of life in the dilapidated downtown of Ciudad Juárez, which residents abandoned as a recession and drug gang murders ravaged the city a decade ago. Thousands of Cubans, waiting in limbo for a decision on their requests for asylum in the United States, have made the crumbling few blocks their home, finding work and renting cheap hotel rooms. The first Cuban restaurant opened in April, when a migrant staff of 10 began serving up the traditional shredded beef dish known as ropa vieja. Banners bear the Cuban flag on the sidewalk outside, signaling how the city’s newcomers are starting to forge a life here, even if it still remains difficult, uncertain and temporary…Border communities like Ciudad Juárez, filled with migrants from Cuba, Central America and elsewhere, are adapting to a new reality: They may be the final destination, and no longer just a stop on the way north to the United States.”

Elisabeth Malkin, “In Ciudad Juárez, Migrants Dream of America but ‘Run Into Trump’s Wall’,” The New York Times online, August 8, 2019

27,261. 8/7/2019

IMMIGRATION/JOE BIDEN/MASS SHOOTINGS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Joe Biden lit into President Donald Trump on Wednesday [8-6-19], assailing his moral compass and asserting that the president ‘has publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism and division.’ Vowing that ‘we can’t, and I will not, let this man be reelected,’ Biden warned an audience in Burlington, Iowa, that ‘everything that makes America America is at stake’ in next year’s election. Biden tied the address to the pair of mass shootings that took place over the weekend — one of which was carried out by a suspect who mirrored some of Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric — linking the president in no uncertain terms to the growing threat of white supremacism in the U.S. It’s not ‘that far at all’ of a line from Trump’s language when discussing undocumented immigrants and neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 to various mass shootings throughout his presidency, Biden told the crowd.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Biden, in Iowa, torches Trump’s divisive rhetoric,” Politico, August 7, 2019 4:32 pm

27,258. 8/7/2019

HUMAN RIGHTS/IMMIGRATION/IRAQ/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A 41-year-old Detroit man deported to Iraq in June died Tuesday [8-6-19], according to the American Civil Liberties Union and two people close the man’s family. The man, Jimmy Aldaoud, spent most of his life in the U.S., but was swept up in President Donald Trump’s intensified immigration enforcement efforts. Edward Bajoka, an immigration attorney who described himself as close to Aldaoud’s family, wrote on Facebook that the death appeared to be linked to the man’s inability to obtain insulin in Baghdad to treat his diabetes. Aldaoud was an Iraqi national, but he was born in Greece and came to the U.S. as a young child, his family friend said. He had never lived in Iraq and did not speak Arabic, according to Bajoka…The Trump administration has sought to deport more than 1,000 Iraqis with final orders of removal, including Chaldean Catholics in the Detroit metro area, of which Aldaoud was one.”

Ted Hesson and Nahal Toosi, “Iraqi man dies after Trump administration deports him,” Politico, August 7, 2019 3:14 pm

27,238. 8/6/2019

IMMIGRATION/RACISM/RELIGION/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In recent years a number of Catholic bishops have denounced President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and harsh rhetoric toward immigrants and people of color. But one church leader went one step further, becoming likely the first Catholic bishop in the United States to publicly accuse Trump of racism. In a series of lacerating tweets, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Texas, called the President ‘a very poor man’ and urged him to ‘stop hate and racism, starting with yourself’…Garcia-Siller’s tweets were reacting to the massacre of 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday [8-3-19]. The accused gunman is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document that laid out a dark vision of America overrun by Latinos. Some of the language in the manifesto reflects ideas from President Trump, Fox News and the modern Republican party. For example, the document warns of a ‘Hispanic invasion’ and says Democrats are using ‘open borders’ and ‘free healthcare for illegals’ to attract new voters.”

Daniel Burke, “A Catholic bishop in Texas is publicly accusing President Trump of racism,” CNN Politics,, August 6, 2019 9:35 pm

27,235. 8/6/2019

IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The number of Mexicans refused immigrant visas to the U.S. because they might become dependent on government benefits skyrocketed under President Donald Trump, according to State Department data obtained by POLITICO. Between Oct. 1 and July 29, the State Department denied 5,343 immigrant visa applications for Mexican nationals on the grounds that the applicants were so poor or infirm that they risked becoming a ‘public charge,’ according to the statistics. That’s up from just seven denials for Mexican applicants in fiscal year 2016, the last full year under former President Barack Obama. The number of public charge denials for applicants from all nations also rose during the past year. Preliminary data obtained by POLITICO shows 12,179 visa rejections on public charge grounds through July 29 — which puts the department on pace to surpass last year’s total. The State Department disqualified only 1,033 people on public charge grounds in fiscal 2016.”

Ted Hesson, “Exclusive: Visa denials to poor Mexicans skyrocket under Trump’s State Department,” Politico, August 6, 2019 6:09 pm


27,186. 8/5/2019

BORDER/IMMIGRATION/RACISM/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s re-election campaign has harnessed Facebook advertising to push the idea of an ‘invasion’ at the southern border, amplifying the fear-inducing language about immigrants that he has also voiced at campaign rallies and on Twitter. Since January, Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign has posted more than 2,000 ads on Facebook that include the word ‘invasion’ — part of a barrage of advertising focused on immigration, a dominant theme of his re-election messaging. A review of Mr. Trump’s tweets also found repeated references to an ‘invasion,’ while his 2016 campaign advertising heavily featured dark warnings about immigrants breaching America’s borders. Mr. Trump’s language on immigration — particularly his use of the word ‘invasion’ — is under scrutiny after the mass shooting in El Paso on Saturday [8-3-19]. The suspect in that shooting, which left 22 people dead, appeared to be the author of a manifesto declaring that ‘this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.’”

Thomas Kaplan, “How the Trump Campaign Used Facebook Ads to Amplify His ‘Invasion’ Claim,” The New York Times online, August 5, 2019

27,160. 8/3/2019

CRIME/GERMANY/IMMIGRATION/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @KTHopkins: After a man is hacked to death in broad daylight by a Syrian migrant with a samurai sword, Merkel’s media says “differences…”

Donald Trump,, August 3, 2019 7:14 am

27,157. 8/2/2019

DHS/IMMIGRATION/STEPHEN MILLER/TRUMP PEOPLE: “White House senior adviser Stephen Miller wasn’t getting an immigration regulation he wanted. So he sent a series of scorching emails to top immigration officials, calling the department an ‘embarrassment’ for not acting faster. The regulation in question would allow the Department of Homeland Security to bar legal immigrants from obtaining green cards if they receive certain government benefits. The rule will likely be released in the coming days, according to a pair of current and former Trump officials briefed on the timeline. he emails, which POLITICO obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, shed new light on how aggressively Miller has pressured the Department of Homeland Security to move faster on regulations to limit immigration. Critics say the new rule will be used to shore up Trump’s political base in the coming election year, and that it’s an illegitimate tool to reduce legal immigration. One former Trump official said Miller has maintained a ‘singular obsession’ with the public charge rule, which he’s argued would bring about a transformative change to U.S. immigration.”

Ted Hesson, “Emails show Stephen Miller pressed hard to limit green cards,” Politico, August 2, 2019 4:19 pm

27,140. 8/2/2019

IMMIGRATION/PROTESTERS/RALLY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump paused his rally for nearly three minutes after protesters interrupted his remarks Wednesday evening in Cincinnati. The protesters held signs that said “Immigrants Built America’ and ‘Chinga La Migra’ — Spanish for ‘f*** border patrol.’ The protest broke out when Trump began talking about immigration and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. One of the president’s supporters took the ‘Immigrants Built America’ banner out of the protester’s hand and threw it in the crowd. The protester then held up the second sign, which the same supporter tried to rip from the protester’s hand. The action resulted in a small scuffle before the protesters were escorted out.”

Rebecca Morin, “‘Immigrants Built America’: Trump Cincinnati rally interrupted by protesters,” USA Today, August 2, 2019 9:40 am