See also Immigrants.
|2015.04.09||This is the full text of an opinion piece by Jeff Sessions on why he believes America should restrict legal immigration. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Immigrants)|
|2015.07.20||Donald Trump claims if you're from Syria and a Christian, you can't come to the U.S. as a refugee. politifact.com (See also Syria, False Statements, Muslim Immigration Ban, 2016 Campaign)|
This is false - there is nothing in the US laws or regulations that discriminates against Christian refugees
|2015.08.16||Trump's newly unveiled immigration plan calls for the end of automatic citizenship for people born in the United States. abcnews.go.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Immigrants)|
|2015.10.05||During a Breitbart interview Jeff Sessions praises The 1924 National Origins Act, a law passed in order to keep Jews and Asians out of the country as “good for America.” theatlantic.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Anti-Semitism, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans)|
|2015.11.20||A step-by-step infographic to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S. obamawhitehouse.archives.gov (See also Immigrants)|
|2015.11.23||Trump has not, so far, thoroughly disavowed the creation of a national registry of Muslims. newyorker.com (See also Muslim Registry)|
"This alone should be shocking, quite apart from his fear-mongering about mosques and refugees, subjects on which he seems to be getting a relative pass, in part because his opponents have not exactly taken heroic stands on the issue."
|2015.12.07||Trump releases campaign statement on preventing Muslim immigration. donaldjtrump.com (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2015.12.08||Governor Mike Pence: Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional. twitter.com (See also Mike Pence, Domestic Policy, Muslims, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2016.02.25||Here is what would happen in Trump's first 100 days if he beats a Democratic nominee on November 9, 2016. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy, Supreme Court, Vice-President, Guantánamo, Syria, China, Mexico Wall, Mexico)|
|2016.05.04||What Trump says his presidency would look like, including a wall design, an immigration ban on Muslims, an audit of the Federal Reserve, and plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act by the end of his First 100 Days. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Affordable Care Act, Mexico Wall, Mexico)|
|2016.06.26||A federal judge in California issued a nationwide injunction temporarily stopping the Trump administration from separating children from their parents at the border and ordered that all families already separated be reunited within 30 days, while also ruling that adults may not be deported from the United States without their children. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity)|
|2016.11.10||Trump campaign staff redirects link to Muslim ban info on Trump website, but restores it after press inquiries. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2016.11.18||Trump's team said today that he had never advocated for "any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion" -- despite statements in the past that may be at odds with that. abcnews.go.com (See also Muslim Registry, Muslims, Racism)|
|2016.11.22||What are sanctuary cities? economist.com (See also First 100 Days, Sanctuary Cities)|
|2016.11.30||Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus requests meeting with Trump to discuss issues affecting the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community nbcnews.com (See also First 100 Days, Asian American)|
CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu said she would discuss issues important to the AAPI community, particularly immigration, during the meeting.
|2016.12.21||Trump, when asked about his proposed Muslim registry by a reporter, says "you know my plans." washingtonpost.com (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Muslim Registry)|
|2016.12.22||Kellyanne Conway says Trump will not ban Muslims from U.S. solely on religious grounds. cnn.com (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.04||Trump team requests Homeland Security records on border barriers, aerial surveillance, expanded immigrant detention, and more reuters.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Mexican Wall, Immigrants, agency)|
|2017.01.06||Full text of the Protect American Families Act of 2017. scribd.com (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Muslim Registry)|
Protect American Families Act of 2017
|2017.01.06||U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and seven Senate colleagues introduce the Protect American Families Act. merkley.senate.gov (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Muslim Registry)|
|2017.01.10||John Kelly shies from Trump's wall and Muslim registry in confirmation hearing. theguardian.com (See also John Kelly, Mexico Wall, Department of Homeland Security, Muslim Registry)|
|2017.01.10||Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Justice Department, once praised a 1924 immigration law whose chief author in the House once declared was intended to end “indiscriminate acceptance of all races.” theatlantic.com (See also First 100 Days, Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
"Trump’s pick for attorney general made the remarks during an interview with Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon, now an adviser to the president-elect."
|2017.01.10||These are some of the key points of John Kelly's confirmation hearing for Secretary of Homeland Security. theguardian.com (See also John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security, Mexico Wall, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslim Registry)|
|2017.01.11||Congress is likely to prioritize repealing the Affordable Care Act, tax reform, infrastructure, reversing Obama regulations, and immigration during Trump’s first 100 days thehill.com (See also First 100 Days, Affordable Care Act, Infrastructure)|
|2017.01.16||Homeland Security nominee Kelly says border wall "will not do the job." latimes.com (See also John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security, Immigrants, Mexico, Mexico Wall)|
|2017.01.19||More than 1,000 people rallied at the Chicago Teachers Union HQ to protest Trump's hard-line immigration proposals. chicagotribune.com (See also Immigrants)|
|2017.01.24||Trump expected to sign several executive orders restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries on Wednesday January 25. reuters.com (See also First 100 Days, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.01.25||By cracking down on immigration and threatening martial law, Trump is following through on his incendiary campaign promises. vanityfair.com (See also First 100 Days, Mexico Wall, Sanctuary Cities, Immigrants)|
|2017.01.25||California lawmakers denounce Trump's immigration executive orders and promise legislative and legal action. latimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Sanctuary Cities)|
|2017.01.25||Donald Trump’s Executive Orders Are a Very Bad Sign for Muslims in America and Abroad slate.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.01.25||Politico breaks down the key components of Trump's executive orders on immigration. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Mexico Wall, Sanctuary Cities)|
|2017.01.25||Trump is readying executive orders to stem refugees from ‘terror-prone’ regions and on the U.N. to halt funding for any organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority, supports abortion programs or evades international sanctions against Iran or North Korea. washingtontimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Syria, United Nations, Iran, North Korea)|
|2017.01.25||Trump plans on publishing a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. buzzfeed.com (See also Sanctuary Cities)|
|2017.01.25||Trump signs an executive order on Sanctuary Cities that vaguely declares it illegal to "facilitate the presence of aliens." univision.com (See also Immigrants, First 100 Days, Fascism, Mexican Americans)|
This could mean helping undocumented immigrants now a crime under Trump.
|2017.01.25||Trump signs executive order slashing federal funding to Sanctuary Cities whitehouse.gov (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.01.25||Trump signs executive order to begin Mexico border wall and cut funding from sanctuary cities in immigration crackdown. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Mexico Wall, Sanctuary Cities, Immigrants, Mexican Americans)|
|2017.01.25||Trump signs executive order to build his wall along the Mexican/United States border whitehouse.gov (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.01.25||Trump’s order will cut the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. in half nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Syria, Immigrants)|
|2017.01.26||Jon D. Feere, an advocate of ending U.S. birthright citizenship, may be joining Trump's DHS. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Homeland Security)|
Jon D. Feere is reportedly in line for a DHS post as White House debates the treatment of children of illegal immigrants.
|2017.01.26||Sean Spicer quickly backpedals on paying for Wall with 20% tax on Mexican imports. talkingpointsmemo.com (See also Mexico, Mexico Wall, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.01.26||Trump critic and Gold Star father Khizr Khan says Trump's Muslim ban could threaten American security. cnn.com (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.27||Trump says Christians will be given priority as refugees over Muslims. www1.cbn.com (See also Racism, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, President Donald Trump says persecuted Christians will be given priority when it comes to applying for refugee status in the United States. “We are going to help them,” President Trump tells CBN News. “They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the ...
|2017.01.27||Trump signs order halting admission of refugees for 120 days and increasing the vetting of potential refugees from predominantly Muslim nations, promises priority for Christians. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.28||A federal judge in New York has issued an emergency stay temporarily halting the removal of individuals detained after President Trump issued an order to ban immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. thehill.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, First 100 Days, Muslims)|
Judge grants emergency stay temporarily halting removal of those detained after Trump order.
|2017.01.28||Detained Iraqis who worked for the U.S. file suits against Trump's immigration order. reuters.com (See also Domestic Policy, Muslims, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
The lawsuit filed on behalf of the Iraqis in Brooklyn, New York, cites that the order violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of due process by taking away their ability to apply for asylum, and violates the guarantee of equal protection by discriminating against them on the basis of their country of origin without sufficient justification. It also says the order violates procedural requirements of federal rulemaking.
|2017.01.28||Google recalls staff after Trump executive order restricting entry for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries. bbc.com (See also Muslims, Muslim Immigration Ban, Technology)|
|2017.01.28||Green card holders from seven Muslim countries included in immigration ban. reuters.com (See also Domestic Policy, Muslims, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.28||Just over a year ago Mike Pence called Trump’s Muslim ban ‘offensive and unconstitutional.’ Yesterday he stood at Trump's side as he signed the order. washingtonpost.com (See also Mike Pence, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.01.28||Some Congressional Republicans respond to criticism by speaking out against Muslim immigration ban; most, including Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, remain silent. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Immigrants)|
|2017.01.28||The New York Times examines excerpts from Mr. Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigrants. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.28||US immigration attorney warns some 50,000 undocumented Irish to 'remain silent or you'll be gone very quickly'. thejournal.ie (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.01.29||Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse Special Collection: Civil Rights Challenges to Trump Immigration/Refugee Orders. clearinghouse.net (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
Legal challenges ensuing from Trump's executive orders will be kept current in the linked cases.
|2017.01.29||European leaders reject Trump’s refugee ban as violating principles. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.29||Giuliani says Trump consulted him on legally implementing Muslim ban. thehill.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Domestic Policy)|
|2017.01.29||There are a lot of reasons to not use ride-hailing app Uber: shoddy labor practices, attempts to strong-arm local governments,but those are not why #DeleteUber took off on Saturday night. slate.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.29||Trump’s immigration executive order creates an international mess, a legal challenge, protests at major airports across the country, and his first defeat in court. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigrants, Muslims)|
|2017.01.30||Acting Attorney General Sally Yates orders Justice Department not to defend Trump's executive order on immigration in court, stating concerns about its legality. nytimes.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigrants, Muslims, Department of Justice)|
|2017.01.30||President Donald Trump’s clash with Silicon Valley over immigration is about to become even more contentious as leaked executive order draft discusses overhauling work-visa programs. bloomberg.com (See also First 100 Days, Technology, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.30||Several House Judiciary Committee aides, working under non-disclosure agreements, helped craft Trump's controversial immigration order without telling Republican leaders. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.30||The dark history of the White House aides, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, who crafted Trump's "Muslim Ban" m.motherjones.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Steve Bannon)|
|2017.01.30||Trump fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after Yates ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend his immigration order banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying her action "betrayed" the department. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Domestic Policy, First 100 Days)|
|2017.01.30||Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she orders government lawyers not to defend Muslim immigration ban. nytimes.com (See also Department of Justice, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Presidential Activity, Immigrants, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.01.30||Trump likes to cite a very small figure to minimize the impact of his travel ban. But that's highly misleading, 90,000 people are affected by it. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.01.30||Trump’s hard-line actions have an intellectual godfather: Jeff Sessions washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, Nationalism, Trade, Jared Kushner, Rick Dearborn)|
"Bannon described Sessions as “the clearinghouse for policy and philosophy” in Trump’s administration, saying he and the senator are at the center of Trump’s “pro-America movement” and the global nationalist phenomenon."
|2017.01.30||White House says more than 100 U.S. diplomats expressing dissent against Muslim immigration ban "should either get with the program or they can go." nytimes.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Department of State)|
|2017.01.31||Justice Department releases State Department notice that "provisionally" revokes immigrant and non-immigrant visas already issued to citizens of nations listed in Trump's Muslim immigration ban. politico.com (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.31||San Francisco sues Donald Trump over order targeting 'sanctuary cities' and mandating the federal government withhold grants from localities that limit cooperation with immigration enforcement. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Sanctuary Cities)|
|2017.01.31||State Dept. dissent cable, asserting that the president’s order on immigration will not make the nation safer, draws 1,000 signatures, has wended through dozens of embassies and is still spreading. mobile.nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of State, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.31||Washington state becomes the first to file a lawsuit against the administration, seeking a restraining order to stop enforcement of the Muslim immigration ban. npr.org (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.02.01||Former Norwegian prime minister is detained at Dulles Airport for because he traveled to Iran for a human rights conference in 2014. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Administration Errors)|
|2017.02.02||How Trump is getting away with violating court orders against his Muslim immigrant ban. slate.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.02||White House suggests US may still accept Australia refugees despite an angry phone call between Donald Trump and Australia’s prime minister. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.02.03||Federal Judge grants nationwide injunction against Trump Ban in Washington state lawsuit buzzfeed.com (See also Muslims, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
After a loss in federal court in Massachusetts, a federal judge in Washington issued the furthest reaching order yet against Trump's refugee and travel ban executive order.
|2017.02.03||Government attorney reveals that over 100,000 visas have been revoked due to Trump's Muslim immigration ban. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Immigrants)|
|2017.02.04||Amazon and Expedia join a lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, asking for key parts of the executive order to be declared unconstitutional. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Technology, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.02.04||Thousands of people across the U.S. joined protests againt Trump's ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. abcnews.go.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.05||US appeals court rejects White House request to reinstate Muslim immigration ban. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Constitutional Issues, Assaults on Government, Steve Bannon, Steven Miller)|
|2017.02.06||Lawyers defending President Trump's travel ban lost a major battle in court. How did they lose? The judge did not buy slams alternative facts. msnbc.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.07||A group of lawyers accuse Trump administration of failing to comply with Judge's order in travel ban lawsuit. lawnewz.com (See also Assaults on Government, First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
They are asking a judge to force the Trump administration to disclose a list of any individuals detained by his ‘extreme vetting’ Executive Order and are also seeking the return of any individuals who were removed from the United States as a result of the order.
|2017.02.07||Appeals Court panel appears skeptical of Trump’s Muslim Immigration ban and the Trump administration's position that came close to saying the court is without power to make judgements about his actions. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Constitutional Issues)|
|2017.02.07||Donald Trump faces day of struggles with Democrats trying to block Trump’s pick for education secretary in the morning, while the afternoon brings challenge to his immigration ban theguardian.com (See also Betsy DeVos, Department of Education, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.07||Homeland Security Chief John Kelly admits Muslim Immigration Ban was rushed nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.02.08||DHS watchdog suggests customs officials may have violated court order at Dulles. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Department of Homeland Security)|
The day after it went into effect, a federal judge said customs officials at Dulles had to provide detained travelers access to lawyers.
|2017.02.08||Number of U.S. religious congregations participating in sanctuary movement doubles after presidential election. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigrants)|
|2017.02.08||Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a US senator Wednesday that Trump's tweets about the judiciary are "demoralizing" and "disheartening." cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Constitutional Issues)|
|2017.02.09||9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds suspension of Trump’s Muslim immigration ban. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Lawsuits, Immigrants)|
|2017.02.09||JUST IN: 9th Circuit: Ruling on Trump travel ban case will be filed before close of business Thursday - @PeteWilliamsNBC— NBC Nightly News twitter.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.09||Trump lawyers get ready: After the 9th Circuit rules on the immigration ban, there'll be another challenge and another and another. bloomberg.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.09||Trump travel ban hits major setback after judges uphold temporary restraining order issued last week to prevent 90-day travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries and 120-day freeze on US admission of any refugees. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.10||U.S. immigration authorities conduct raids and arrest undocumented immigrants, including some without criminal records, in at least six states. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigrants)|
|2017.02.10||White House considers rewriting Trump’s immigration order after an appeals court declined to restore the president’s controversial travel ban. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.11||Trump says refugees are flooding U.S. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.02.13||Homeland Security chief Kelly responds after immigration raids spark outrage abcnews.go.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Immigrants, John Kelly)|
|2017.02.15||One of nine agencies that work with the U.N. refugee program will lay off 140 staffers and close five locations in the wake of the Trump executive order cutting the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.15||The first "DREAMer"—a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA—has been taken into custody in immigrant crackdown under Trump administration. reuters.com (See also Mexican Americans)|
|2017.02.15||U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration mobile.reuters.com (See also DACA, First 100 Days, Lawsuits)|
|2017.02.16||A 23-year-old DACA work permit holder in Seattle faces immigration removal proceedings after his arrest and the termination of his "dreamer" status in part because of a gang tattoo that says "Peace" in Spanish. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigrants, Mexican Americans)|
|2017.02.16||Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani says Trump may be a blessing in disguise for India. timesofindia.indiatimes.com (See also India)|
|2017.02.16||Trump plans to rescind his immigration ban executive order and issue a new executive order to eliminate "erroneous constitutional concerns" after an appeals court loss, according to Justice Department court filing. theguardian.com (See also Department of Justice, First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.02.17||Leaked memo outlines Trump administration's proposal to mobilize 100,000 National Guard troops for immigration raids. cbsnews.com (See also Immigrants)|
|2017.02.17||Trump administration denies it is considering use of National Guard to conduct immigration raids. cnbc.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigrants)|
|2017.02.18||DHS Secretary Kelly signs memos detailing new guidelines that empower federal agents to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants. washingtonpost.com (See also Nationalism, Immigrants)|
|2017.02.20||Department of Homeland Security confirms Trump Administration plans to deport illegal immigrants to Mexico even if the illegal immigrants aren't from Mexico. propublica.org (See also First 100 Days, John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.02.21||Trump administration unveils new immigration rules that will make it easier to immediately deport people for minor crimes. nytimes.com (See also Immigrants)|
|2017.02.21||Trump's DHS guidelines aggressively target all 11 million illegal aliens, discarding Obama-era restraints. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigrants, Department of Justice)|
Officials said the new guidelines to beef up border enforcement will be handled “humanely.”
|2017.02.22||Rex W. Tillerson arrives in Mexico with twin threats hanging over the frayed relationship between the two nations: Trump’s new orders to round up and deport immigrants who are in the United States illegally, and a separate effort to examine American aid to Mexico for possible use in paying for a border wall. nytimes.com (See also Rex Tillerson, Department of State, First 100 Days, Mexico, Mexico Wall)|
|2017.02.22||The Trump administration issues new immigration policies with the goal of empowering agents to strictly enforce deportation laws. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigrants, Nationalism, Fascism)|
|2017.02.22||Trump's DHS Secretary, John Kelly, lays out aggressive guidance for vigorously pursuing illegal immigrants. cnn.com (See also Nationalism, Immigrants, Fascism, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.02.24||A Delta Air Lines flight that landed in New York is greeted by law enforcement officials who ask every one of the domestic flight passengers to show IDs in their search for an immigrant who was ordered deported. washingtonpost.com|
|2017.02.24||As desperate asylum seekers flee the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, concern grows in Canada about whether the country will be able to cope if the number of U.S. migrants keeps growing. washingtonpost.com|
|2017.02.24||Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he doesn't believe it's possible to accomplish Trump's plans to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to enforce executive orders on immigration in the next couple of years. npr.org (See also First 100 Days, Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly)|
|2017.02.24||Trump administration solicits ideas from contractors on how to build its promised wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a first tangible step toward delivering on the president’s signature campaign promise to curb unauthorized immigration. bloomberg.com (See also First 100 Days, Mexico Wall)|
|2017.02.24||Trump touts his immigration policies during a meeting with manufacturing CEOs, saying, "We're getting really bad dudes out of this country," including criminals and gang members, in what he called "a military operation." washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.26||Henry Rousso, one of France’s most preeminent scholars and public intellectuals, is detained for more than 10 hours and nearly deported—for no clear reason—as he attempts to enter the United States to attend an academic symposium. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.28||In a private meeting with news anchors, Trump reverses his hard-line immigration stance and says he'd be open to a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who haven't committed serious crimes. nytimes.com (See also Immigrants, First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.01||A group of more than 60 law enforcement officers publicly object to a push to include police in immigration roundups, saying it makes their communities less safe. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.01||Officials say the latest draft of Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban. apnews.com (See also First 100 Days, Iraq, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
The Pentagon and State Department had urged the White House to reconsider Iraq's inclusion given its key role in fighting the Islamic State group.
|2017.03.15||Federal judge Derrick K. Watson issues nationwide block on Trump Administration's revised travel ban. nytimes.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Immigrants)|
|2017.05.25||4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholds national freeze of Trump's Muslim travel ban in a 10-3 vote. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslims, Muslim Immigration Ban, Islamophobia)|
|2017.06.22||Trump called for a new law barring immigrants from receiving welfare for at least five years, but didn't realize that the law has already existed for more than 20 years. usatoday.com (See also Administration Errors)|
|2017.06.26||The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Defense, James Mattis)|
|2017.07.10||The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Rule, and has signaled its intent to eliminate the rule completely. axios.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
The rule would have allowed foreign entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. to start companies.
|2017.08.02||Trump endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels which would represent a profound change to U.S. immigration policies that have been in place for half a century, favoring people that speak English, and slashing the number of green cards awarded from 1 million to 500,000. washingtonpost.com (See also Nationalism, Stephen Miller)|
|2017.08.02||Trump is apparently lying about two phone calls during which he claims officials called him to offer him praise - one from the President of Mexico about immigration, and another from the Boy Scouts. thinkprogress.org (See also Assaults on Facts, False Statements, Mexico, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.08.06||Chicago will keep fighting Trump’s immigration policies with a federal lawsuit alleging it’s illegal for the federal government to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities. apnews.com (See also Legal Issues)|
|2017.08.14||San Francisco has joined Chicago as it became the latest city to sue the Trump administration over its threat to withhold federal grant money from jurisdictions that refuse to fully cooperate with immigration authorities. buzzfeed.com (See also Legal Issues, Department of Justice)|
|2017.08.16||The Trump administration formally terminated an Obama-era program that granted Central American minors temporary legal residence in the United States, shutting the door on 2,714 people who had already won conditional approval to enter the country. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.08.17||Hospitals in Trump country are suffering, as Muslim and Pakistani doctors are being denied visas to the US, hurting those who most are in need of help. theintercept.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Health Care)|
|2017.08.23||Trump at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix promised he would shut down the government if Congress does not fund a wall on the southern border. nytimes.com (See also Mexico Wall, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.08.24||The White House reiterated its willingness to risk shutting down the government to obtain funding for Donald Trump's long-promised wall between the United States and Mexico. nbcnews.com (See also Mexico Wall, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.08.25||Trump pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, just under a month after Arpaio was convicted, and before his planned October sentencing. washingtonpost.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Legal Issues)|
|2017.08.26||Controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by Donald Trump on Friday after being found guilty in July on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected illegal immigrants. abcnews.go.com (See also Racism, Unpresidential Behavior, Immigrants)|
|2017.08.28||Donald Trump said he announced his pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas because he “assumed the ratings would be far higher.” thehill.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Racism, Legal Issues)|
|2017.09.05||According to the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers may use the information that DACA recipients gave the government as a means of gaining temporary protection to, instead, find and deport them. thedailybeast.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.09.05||The Trump administration announced Tuesday it would begin to unwind an Obama-era program known as DACA that allows younger undocumented immigrants to live in the country without fear of deportation, calling the program unconstitutional. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Security, Racism, Department of Justice)|
|2017.09.11||Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event-management tool to remotely organize and promote anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rallies. thedailybeast.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia, 2016 Election)|
|2017.09.12||The Trump administration is considering reducing the number of refugees admitted to the country over the next year to below 50,000, the lowest number since at least 1980. nytimes.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Supreme Court)|
|2017.09.14||Donald Trump confirmed that he supports legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and would deliver a “massive” increase in border security — but not with a wall on the southern border. nytimes.com (See also Mexico Wall, Immigrants)|
|2017.09.18||Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2017.09.22||With the current ban due to expire on Sunday, Donald Trump is considering a new order to replace his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries with one that would be tailored on a country-by-country basis to protect the United States from attacks. reuters.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.09.27||The Trump administration will allow no more than 45,000 refugees into the United States next year, in what would be the lowest admissions level in more than a decade. apnews.com (See also Foreign Policy, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.10.03||The Trump Administration launched what it called the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) hotline, with a stated mission to “provide proactive, timely, adequate, and professional services to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens,” but internal logs of calls to VOICE show that hundreds of Americans seized on the hotline to lodge secret accusations against acquaintances, neighbors, or even their own family members, often to advance petty personal grievances. splinternews.com (See also Fascism)|
|2017.10.04||Immigrant rights activists are working overtime to help protect some of the nearly 160,000 young undocumented people whose protected status is at risk because of the Trump administration mic.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.10.04||The Trump administration didn't notify immigrants about an abrupt deadline to renew DACA. vox.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.10.06||The House Homeland Security Committee approved Wednesday a border security bill that includes $10 billion for a border wall. thehill.com (See also Mexico Wall)|
|2017.10.11||The Department of Homeland Security is quietly exploring ways it could transform the US immigration system without Congress, including limiting protections for unaccompanied minors who come to the US illegally, expanding the use of speedy deportation proceedings, and tightening visa programs in ways that could limit legal immigration to the US. cnn.com (See also Immigrants, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.10.17||A federal judge largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of their travel ban, which was set to bar various types of travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Issues, Muslim Immigration Ban, Syria, Iran, North Korea)|
|2017.10.17||The Trump administration is planning an increase in federal immigration jails across the country for the thousands of additional undocumented immigrants its agents are arresting. usatoday.com|
|2017.10.18||A federal judge in Maryland granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the latest iteration of Donald Trump’s travel ban, following a similar order by a federal judge in Hawaii. politico.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Legal Issues)|
|2017.10.18||An Army official said green card holders cannot enlist in the Army Reserve “for the time being,” due to a new Department of Defense policy, which requires green card holders to have completed background checks before shipping off to basic training. mic.com (See also Department of Defense)|
|2017.11.09||As the Department of Homeland Security prepared to extend the residency permits of tens of thousands of Hondurans living in the United States, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called acting secretary Elaine Duke to pressure her to expel them. washingtonpost.com (See also John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.11.1||Donald Trump and some of his allies on the far right have incorrectly found a new culprit in Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attack in Manhattan: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, as the New York Democrat was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who sought to end the program back in 2013. washingtonpost.com (See also Administration Errors, Unpresidential Behavior, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.11.10||Dozens of young immigrants mailed DACA renewal forms weeks before they were due, but their paperwork was delayed in the mail and then denied for being late, making them "deportable." nytimes.com (See also Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.11.15||A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled against the Trump administration's policy of withholding law enforcement grants from so-called sanctuary cities, because it refuses full cooperation with federal authorities on immigration. thehill.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
|2017.11.15||Donald Trump signed two executive orders soon after his inauguration calling for the Department of Homeland Security to hire thousands of new Border Patrol and immigration agents, but the department has not only fallen short on hiring efforts, and they also can’t provide data to show how it would use additional agents — or that there’s even a need for them. fivethirtyeight.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.11.17||The Trump administration has plans to stop granting work permits to spouses of H-1B holders, a move that would overturn a 2015 rule and affect thousands of foreigners currently in the United States. sfchronicle.com (See also Jobs)|
About 100,000 spouses and children of H-1B visa holders come to the US on H-4 visas each year.
|2017.11.21||Donald Trump's latest executive order aimed at implementing the hardline immigration policies he championed during his campaign has been blocked by a federal court. cnn.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.24||Jeff Sessions is methodically reshaping the Justice Department to reflect his nationalist ideology and hard-line views, from calling for prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible to altering the department's legal stances in cases involving voting rights and LGBTQ issues some would call discrimination. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, LGBTQIA, Racism, Nationalism, Muslim Immigration Ban, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.11.29||A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Donald Trump's decision to retweet anti-Muslim hate videos from British far-right leader Jayda Fransen, stating that UK citizens "overwhelmingly reject" the prejudiced rhetoric of the far-right. axios.com (See also Racism, Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Muslims)|
|2017.11.29||Donald Trump has retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy leader of the far-right British political party Britain First. buzzfeed.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Racism, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.11.30||Donald Trump has told confidants that a government shutdown could be good for him politically. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Mexico Wall)|
|2017.12.01||A federal judge has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting applications for foreign entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. under the International Entrepreneur Rule, blocking the Trump administration’s efforts to delay implementation of the Obama-era policy. geekwire.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Legal Issues)|
|2017.12.21||The Trump administration is considering a plan to separate parents from their children when families are caught entering the country illegally. nytimes.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.12.22||Donald Trump's third attempt at implementing his travel ban — issued via a September proclamation — again violates federal law, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled on Friday. buzzfeed.com (See also Supreme Court, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.12.23||According to six officials, Donald Trump said to his advisers in the Oval Office that 15,000 visitors from Haiti "all have AIDS" and that once the 40,000 visitors from Nigera see the United States, they would never "go back to their huts" in Africa. nytimes.com (See also Racism, Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Rex Tillerson, John Kelly, Stephen Miller, Nationalism)|
|2017.12.24||U.S. District Judge James Robart released a 65-page order blocking the administration’s restrictions on the process of reuniting refugee families and partially lifted a ban on refugees from 11 mostly Muslim countries. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Legal Issues, Reversals)|
|2018.01.02||Donald Trump's pick to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) called for a crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, saying politicians who help run them should be charged with crimes. thehill.com (See also Fascism, Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
|2018.01.08||The Trump administration has canceled the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them vulnerable to deportation. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.01.08||The Trump administration would cut or delay funding for border surveillance, radar technology, patrol boats and customs agents in its upcoming spending plan to curb illegal immigration — all proven security measures that officials and experts have said are more effective than building a wall along the Mexican border. nytimes.com (See also Mexico Wall, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.01.10||A federal judge’s said safeguards against deportation must remain in place for the nearly 690,000 people in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while a legal challenge to ending the program proceeds. washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, Legal Issues)|
|2018.01.11||Donald Trump has a habit of making offensive comments about nonwhite immigrants. washingtonpost.com (See also Racism, Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.01.11||President Trump insulted several countries while being briefed on a bipartisan immigration deal, saying, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” referring to African countries and Haiti, then suggesting that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway. washingtonpost.com (See also Racism, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.01.16||The Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it will ask the Supreme Court to immediately review a federal judge’s ruling that ordered the government to restart a program that shields some young illegal immigrants from deportation. nytimes.com (See also Supreme Court, Department of Justice)|
|2018.01.16||White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said claims that Donald Trump is racist are “outrageous,” because he hosted NBC’s reality show “The Apprentice.” bloomberg.com (See also Racism)|
|2018.01.17||White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the United States will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that some of President Trump’s campaign promises on immigration were “uninformed.” washingtonpost.com (See also John Kelly, Mexico Wall)|
|2018.01.21||Even though the Trump administration released a report supposedly from the Department of Homeland Security saying that "73% of terrorists were ‘foreign-born," DHS analysts had nothing to do with the report or the conclusion. thedailybeast.com (See also Nationalism, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions, Muslims)|
|2018.01.21||In response to the government shutdown over a funding impasse, someone recorded an automated voice mail greeting on a public White House phone line that is overtly partisan and blames Democrats for “holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate.” splinternews.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.01.22||ICE has detained a Polish doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the U.S. for nearly 40 years. washingtonpost.com (See also Nationalism, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.01.22||The Trump administration is waiving dozens of environmental regulations to speed up construction of Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. thehill.com (See also Environment, Mexico Wall, Department of Homeland Security)|
The waiver excludes rules from major laws including the National Environment Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Act, among others.
|2018.01.24||A prominent group of mayors called off a scheduled White House meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday after the administration again threatened to withhold funding from nearly two dozen local governments they claimed aren’t following immigration laws. nbcnews.com (See also Nationalism)|
|2018.01.24||The Justice Department is threatening 23 so-called sanctuary cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, with subpoenas if they fail to provide documents to show whether local law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal immigration authorities. usatoday.com (See also Department of Justice, Nationalism)|
|2018.01.26||The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, giving the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians. theverge.com (See also Nationalism, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2018.01.28||Lawmakers in both parties said that the immigration debate should focus narrowly on efforts to legalize young immigrants known as “dreamers” and beef up border security, suggesting that Donald Trump’s demands to slash legal immigration levels are likely to sink a deal. washingtonpost.com (See also Mexico Wall)|
|2018.02.08||The Trump administration is working on new rules that would allow the government to keep immigrants from settling in the US, or even force them to leave, if their families had used a broad swath of local, state, or federal social services to which they’re legally entitled — even enrolling their US-born children in Head Start or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). vox.com (See also Health Care)|
|2018.02.09||A federal judge became the latest to rule that a key aspect of the federal government’s deportation machine is unconstitutional, as thousands of people have been kept in detention after their release date. splinternews.com (See also Legal Activity)|
|2018.02.11||ICE has arrested more than 37,000 "non-criminal" people in 2017 - a rate more than double the previous year. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Issues, Department of Justice)|
|2018.02.13||A second U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation, ruling that DACA cannot end in March as the Republican administration had planned. reuters.com (See also Legal Issues, Reversals)|
|2018.02.22||In a memo distributed to staff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services—the agency tasked with processing citizenship for applicants—announced it has scrubbed a passage of its mission statement of references to the U.S. being a nation of immigrants. splinternews.com (See also Nationalism, False Statements)|
|2018.02.24||Tentative plans for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to make his first visit to the White House to meet with Donald Trump were scuttled this week after a testy call between the two leaders ended in an impasse over Trump’s promised border wall, according to U.S. and Mexican officials. washingtonpost.com (See also Mexico, Mexico Wall)|
|2018.02.26||The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to Donald Trump, requiring his administration to maintain protections he has sought to end for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children. reuters.com (See also Legal Activity)|
|2018.02.27||The American Civil Liberties Union accused the U.S. government of unlawfully separating a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter by holding them in different immigration facilities, two time zones apart, after they sought asylum four months ago. apnews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
The child was taken away "screaming and crying, pleading with guards not to take her away from her mother."
|2018.03.06||The Justice Department is suing California over immigration laws that oppose Mr. Trump’s agenda, saying state laws make it impossible for federal immigration officials to deport criminals born outside of the United States. nytimes.com (See also Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions, Legal Activity)|
|2018.03.13||The San Francisco spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned over what he described as “false” and “misleading” statements made by top-ranking officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan. washingtonpost.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Jeff Sessions, Department of State, False Statements)|
|2018.03.26||The 2020 census will ask respondents whether they are United States citizens, the Commerce Department announced Monday night, agreeing to a Trump administration request with highly charged political and social implications that many officials feared would result in a substantial undercount. nytimes.com (See also Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce)|
Critics of the change and experts in the Census Bureau itself have said that the inclusion of a citizenship question could prompt immigrants who are in the country illegally not to respond. resulting in a severe undercount of the population — and, in turn, faulty data for government agencies and outside groups that rely on the census, also bleeding into the redistricting of the House and state legislatures in the next decade.
|2018.03.27||California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire. oag.ca.gov (See also Legal Issues)|
Other states who said they’d join New York’s effort are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington.
|2018.03.28||Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied legal U.S. residency according to a draft under proposal awaiting approval by the Trump administration, which is seeking to reduce the number of foreigners living in the United States. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Immigrants)|
It could affect immigrants protected by DACA if they attempt to file for full legal residency.
|2018.03.29||A federal judge in Brooklyn said Donald Trump’s language had created a “plausible inference” that the decision to end DACA violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution, and that a lawsuit protecting these young undocumented immigrants from deportation could continue. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Mexican Americans, Legal Activity)|
|2018.03.29||Donald Trump repeated a false claim that the border wall has started construction by posting pictures from a 2009 project which was designed to replace a 2.25 mile section in the existing California-Mexico wall. buzzfeed.com (See also False Statements, Unpresidential Behavior, Mexico Wall)|
|2018.03.29||The Trump administration plans to require immigrants applying to come to the United States to submit five years of social media history, setting up a potential scouring of their Twitter and Facebook histories. cnn.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Nationalism)|
|2018.04.03||A group of 17 U.S. states and 6 cities sued the Trump administration to stop it from asking people filling out 2020 census forms whether they are citizens. reuters.com (See also Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, Immigrants, Nationalism)|
|2018.04.05||Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, oversees the assistance program for the tens of thousands of refugees who still seek shelter in the United States, and he spends much of his time trying to stop those who want an abortion. nytimes.com (See also Women, Misogyny, Abortion)|
He has instructed his staff to give him a spreadsheet each week that tells him about any unaccompanied minors who have asked for one and how far along they are in their pregnancy.
|2018.04.17||The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a law subjecting non-citizens to deportation for crimes of violence is unconstitutionally vague, handing the Trump administration an early defeat — thanks to the vote of Justice Neil Gorsuch. usatoday.com (See also Supreme Court, Legal Activity)|
|2018.04.19||Donald Trump's effort to crack down on sanctuary cities suffered another legal setback as a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld a nationwide injunction against making federal grant funding contingent on cooperation with immigration enforcement. politico.com (See also Legal Activity, just, Department of Justice)|
A three-judge panel—all of whom are Republican appointees—ruled that there were strong indications that the administration exceeded its legal authority in trying to implement the new conditions without approval from Congress.
|2018.04.24||A federal judge ruled that the protections for DACA must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Department of Homeland Security)|
The judge rejected the government’s assertion that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was unlawful.
|2018.04.26||A top official with the Department of Health and Human Services told members of Congress that the agency had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children it placed with sponsors in the United States, raising concerns they could end up in the hands of human traffickers or be used as laborers by people posing as relatives. nytimes.com (See also Department of Health and Human Services, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2018.05.04||The Trump administration said it will end temporary protections for immigrants in the United States from Honduras on Jan. 5, 2020, leaving potentially 57,000 people vulnerable to deportation. reuters.com|
|2018.05.07||The Trump administration will unveil a new border enforcement policy which will separate parents from their children if caught. latimes.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.05.16||Donald Trump lashed out at undocumented immigrants during a White House meeting on Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country’s borders and branding such people “animals.” nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Nationalism, Mexico)|
|2018.05.22||Donald Trump wrongly blamed Democrats for a Trump administration policy that separates parents and their young children caught entering the U.S. illegally. factcheck.org (See also False Statements, Assaults on Facts, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2018.05.23||Donald Trump warned that unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the southern border are exposing the nation to gang crime saying, "They look so innocent. They're not innocent." washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.05.24||Donald Trump suggested in an interview that sweeping changes to what he described as a "corrupt" immigration legal system were necessary, while also questioning the need for a legal process for people apprehended trying to cross into the US illegally. cnn.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Department of Justice)|
|2018.06.05||Border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border as part of the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy, as nearly 300 of the 550 children currently in custody at U.S. border stations had spent more than 72 hours there, the time limit for immigrants of any age to be held in the government's temporary facilities, half of which are younger than 12. nbcnews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.06.11||The Trump administration Monday overturned asylum protections for domestic violence victims in a decision that could affect thousands of asylum seekers from Central America. cnn.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
|2018.06.12||The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter 1,000 to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention. mcclatchydc.com (See also Department of Health and Human Services, Jeff Sessions)|
More than 10,000 migrant children are being held at 100 HHS shelters, which are now 95% full.
|2018.06.15||About 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the border over a six-week period during a new "zero tolerance policy" on illegal entries, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security figures. apnews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Jeff Sessions)|
|2018.06.15||Donald Trump has calculated that he will gain political leverage in congressional negotiations by separating immigrant parents from their young children at the southern border. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.06.16||Donald Trump repeated his false assertion that Democrats were responsible for his administration’s policy of separating migrant families apprehended at the border, sticking to a weeks-long refusal to publicly accept responsibility for a widely condemned practice that has become a symbol of his crackdown on illegal immigration. nytimes.com (See also False Statements, Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.06.18||Amid growing backlash over the administration's policy resulting in family separation, the head of the Department of Homeland Security repeated a statement Trump officials have made to justify their tough stance on immigration: There is a crisis at the border, but according to DHS statistics for recent years, there has actually been a steady decline in border apprehensions over the past two decades. buzzfeed.com (See also False Statements, Department of Homeland Security, Jeff Sessions)|
|2018.06.18||Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of immigrant children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing, one cage with 20 children inside, scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. apnews.com (See also Unprecedented Actions)|
|2018.06.18||The Trump administration said that it had separated 1,995 children from parents facing criminal prosecution for unlawfully crossing the border over a six-week period, as Donald Trump sought to shift blame for the widely criticized practice that has become the signature policy of his aggressive immigration agenda. nytimes.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Department of Homeland Security, Jeff Sessions)|
|2018.06.18||The US isn't just separating children from their parents, but it also has no plan for reuniting them. buzzfeed.com (See also Administration Errors, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.06.18||The United Nations’ top human rights official entered the mounting furor over the Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents, calling for an immediate halt to a practice he condemned as abuse. nytimes.com (See also United Nations, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2018.06.19||Members of Jeff Sessions' own church filed a formal complaint against the attorney general, accusing him of "child abuse," "immorality," and "racial discrimination" and the “dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrines” of the United Methodist Church. abcnews.go.com (See also Racism, Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions)|
|2018.06.19||New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state intends to file a "multi-agency lawsuit" against the Trump administration "for violating the Constitutional rights of immigrant children and their families who have been separated at the border." axios.com (See also Legal Issues)|
|2018.06.19||The Trump administration has likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children, thousands more than lawmakers were alerted to last month, according review of federal data. mcclatchydc.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.06.20||Donald Trump caved to enormous political pressure and signed an executive order meant to end the separation of families at the border by detaining parents and children together for an indefinite period, despite repeating for days that the only way to end the division of families was through congressional action because "you can't do it through an executive order." nytimes.com (See also Reversals)|
The president's order does nothing to address the plight of the more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents.
|2018.06.21||The Defense Department will house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military bases in coming months. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, James Mattis, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.06.24||Donald Trump unleashed an aggressive attack on unauthorized immigrants and the judicial system that handles them, saying that those who cross into the United States illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or an appearance before a judge. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2018.06.26||In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court upheld Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly-Muslim nations, saying that the president’s statutory power over immigration was not undermined by his history of incendiary statements about the dangers he said Muslims pose to Americans. nytimes.com (See also Supreme Court, Muslim Immigration Ban, Legal Activity, Muslims)|
|2018.06.26||More than a dozen states sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying Donald Trump’s order ending the breakups was illusory. reuters.com (See also Legal Activity, Mexico)|
|2018.06.27||Due to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, children as young as 3 are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings by themselves. texastribune.org (See also Legal Issues, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.06.29||The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is drafting a plan that would totally overhaul asylum policy in the United States, barring people from getting asylum if they came into the US between ports of entry and were prosecuted for illegal entry, adding presumptions that would make it extremely difficult for Central Americans to qualify for asylum, and codify — in an even more restrictive form — an opinion written by Sessions in June that attempted to restrict asylum for victims of domestic and gang violence. vox.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
|2018.07.02||The Department of Health and Human Services has stopped reporting how many kids have been separated from their parents. pbs.org (See also Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.07.02||The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is creating a new Denaturalization Task Force, designed to revoke the citizenship of American citizens and deport them, based on what they claim are "bad naturalization cases." wnycstudios.org (See also Nationalism, Fascism)|
|2018.07.03||A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to provide details on its decision-making process for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, criticized the administration, and said that there was “strong” evidence that they acted in bad faith by adding the question, thehill.com (See also Voter Suppression, Legal Activity)|
|2018.07.03||After a court order to reunite more than 2,000 migrant children who were separated from their parents in May and June, the Trump administration has instructed immigration agents to give those parents two options: leave the country with your kids — or leave the country without them. nbcnews.com (See also Legal Activity, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
The new instructions to agents do not allow parents who were separated from their children under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy to reunite with their children while they await a decision on asylum, a protection sought by thousands of migrant families fleeing violence in Central America.
|2018.07.05||Federal authorities have acknowledged for the first time Thursday that of the nearly 3,000 children who are still in federal custody, about 100 are under the age of 5, while the Department of Homeland Security confirms that records linking children to their parents have disappeared, and in some cases have been destroyed. nytimes.com (See also Administration Errors, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.07.06||Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club has applied for permission to hire 61 foreign workers to serve as waiters and cooks during the winter social season in Palm Beach, Florida. washingtonpost.com (See also Jobs, Hypocrisy, Trump Business)|
The job postings show that, despite Trump's insistence that immigration is holding down wages and crowding out native-born American workers, his club believes it cannot find any Americans in South Florida who are qualified to hold two very common restaurant industry jobs.
|2018.07.06||Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged. apnews.com (See also Reversals)|
|2018.07.09||The Trump administration lost a bid to persuade a federal court to allow long-term detention of migrant families, a significant legal setback to the president’s immigration agenda. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.07.12||The Trump administration is implementing a new asylum policy at the border that will result in potentially thousands of asylum seekers being turned away before they can plead their case in court, as claims based on fear of gang and domestic violence will be immediately rejected, and the guidance tells officers they should consider whether an immigrant crossed the border illegally and weigh that against their claim, potentially rejecting even legitimate fears of persecution if the immigrant crossed illegally. cnn.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Jeff Sessions)|
|2018.07.13||In an interview with the British newspaper the Sun, Donald Trump made a statement that immigration changes existing “culture” for the worse, which is a staple of white nationalist rhetoric in the United States. washingtonpost.com (See also Nationalism, Racism, Anti-Semitism)|
|2018.07.16||A federal judge ordered a temporary halt to deportations of immigrant families reunited after being separated at the border, as the Trump administration races to meet a July 26 deadline for putting thousands of children back in their parents’ arms. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Activity, Department of Justice)|
|2018.07.24||A cache of documents released by the Commerce Department provides further evidence that Secretary Wilbur Ross was pushing to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census far more actively, and much earlier, than his later sworn testimony indicated. washingtonpost.com (See also False Statements, Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce, Voter Suppression)|
|2018.07.24||The Trump administration told a federal court on Tuesday that more than 450 migrant parents whose children were separated from them are no longer in the United States, raising questions about whether the parents fully understood that they were being deported without their children. nytimes.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Legal Activity, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.07.25||Homeland Security officials may have neglected to give a choice to as many as three-quarters of all migrant parents removed from the United States about leaving their children behind, contradicting repeated public assurances from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. politico.com (See also False Statements, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.08.01||A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of Donald Trump’s contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for “sanctuary cities” was unconstitutional. apnews.com (See also Legal Activity)|
|2018.08.01||The White House is considering a second sharp reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States, picking up where Donald Trump left off in 2017 in scaling back a program intended to offer protection to the world’s most vulnerable people by more than 40%. nytimes.com (See also Racism, Muslims, Mike Pompeo, Stephen Miller)|
|2018.08.03||A Washington, D.C.-based federal judge ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying the government's rationale for dropping it is inadequate. npr.org (See also Reversals, Legal Activity)|
|2018.08.04||A federal judge in Washington, D.C. appointed by former President George W. Bush has ordered the Trump administration to fully reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, including accepting new applications if the ruling stands. splinternews.com (See also Legal Activity)|
|2018.08.07||The Trump administration is expected to issue a proposal in coming weeks that would make it harder for *legal* immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare. nbcnews.com (See also Stephen Miller, Racism)|
|2018.08.09||A federal judge in Washington halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after learning that the Trump administration started to remove a woman and her daughter while a court hearing appealing their deportations was underway. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Activity, Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
“This is pretty outrageous,” U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said after being told about the removal. “That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?”
|2018.08.13||Federal arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record have more than tripled under Donald Trump and may still be accelerating, according to analysis of Immigration and Customs Enforcement data from his first 14 months in office. nbcnews.com (See also Racism, Legal Activity)|
The surge has been caused by a new ICE tactic of arresting — without warrants — people who are driving or walking down the street and using large-scale "sweeps" of likely immigrants, according to a class-action lawsuit filed by immigration rights advocates.
|2018.08.15||The Trump administration has requested the restarting of thousands of deportation cases that immigration judges previously had suspended, according to statistics provided by the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the immigration courts. buzzfeednews.com (See also Racism, Department of Justice)|
|2018.08.29||A growing number of people whose official birth records show they were born in the United States are now being denied passports — their citizenship suddenly thrown into question, as the Trump administration is accusing hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hispanics along the border of using fraudulent birth certificates since they were babies, and it is undertaking a widespread crackdown. washingtonpost.com (See also Racism, Fascism)|
|2018.09.05||Federal prosecutors have issued sweeping subpoenas demanding that millions of North Carolina voter records be turned over to immigration authorities by Sept. 25, with just two months to go before the midterms, sowing chaos in the state’s election machinery, while renewing the Trump administration’s repeatedly discredited claims of widespread voting by illegal immigrants. nytimes.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression, Department of Justice)|
|2018.09.05||The Trump administration has consistently sought to exaggerate the potential security threat posed by refugees and dismissed an intelligence assessment last year that showed refugees did not present a significant threat to the U.S. nbcnews.com (See also False Statements, Jeff Sessions, Department of State)|
Hard-liners in the administration then issued their own report this year that several former officials and rights groups say misstates the evidence and inflates the threat posed by people born outside the U.S.
|2018.09.06||The Trump administration announced a new rule that would allow immigrant children with their parents to be held in detention indefinitely, upending a ban on indefinite detention that has been in place for 20 years. nbcnews.com (See also Reversals, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.09.11||The Trump administration took nearly ten million dollars from FEMA's budget ahead of the 2018 hurricane season and gave it to ICE to pay for detentions. msnbc.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Environment)|
|2018.09.12||Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, reaching a total of 12,800 this month, compared to 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017. nytimes.com (See also Department of Health and Human Services)|
The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors.
|2018.09.13||The Trump administration this summer quietly redirected $200 million from all over the Department of Homeland Security to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, despite repeated congressional warnings of ICE's "lack of fiscal discipline" and "unsustainable" spending. cnn.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.09.17||Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. will limit refugee admission to 30,000 in 2019, down from 45,000 in 2018. axios.com (See also Department of State, Mike Pompeo)|
When Trump took office, the refugee cap stood at 110,000.
|2018.09.18||The Trump administration is unable to account for the whereabouts of a new set of nearly 1,500 migrant children who illegally entered the United States alone this year and were placed with sponsors after leaving federal shelters. nytimes.com (See also Administration Errors, Department of Health and Human Services)|
The revelation echoes an admission in April by the Department of Health and Human Services that the government had similarly lost track of an additional 1,475 migrant children it had moved out of shelters last year.
|2018.09.19||The Department of Health and Human Services is diverting millions of dollars in funding from a number of programs, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, to pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children. yahoo.com (See also Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.09.19||U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new limits on the ability of immigration judges to terminate deportation cases on Wednesday, the latest in a series of decisions to facilitate the removal of immigrants in the country illegally. reuters.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Legal Activity, Department of Justice)|
|2018.09.20||Donald Trump suggested building a wall across the Sahara as a means to help solve the European migration crisis, according to Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell. bloomberg.com (See also Assaults on Facts)|
|2018.09.20||Federal officers have arrested dozens of undocumented immigrants who came forward to take care of undocumented immigrant children in government custody, and the Trump administration is pledging to go after more. cnn.com (See also Nationalism)|
|2018.09.22||Trump administration officials announced that immigrants who legally use public benefits like food assistance and Section 8 housing vouchers could be denied green cards under new rules aimed at keeping out people the administration deems a drain on the country. nytimes.com (See also Immigrants, Americans in Poverty, Racism, Department of Homeland Security)|
A rule proposed by the Trump administration could force immigrants seeking permanent resident status to prove they will never become reliant on government assistance.
|2018.09.25||A memo signed by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen contradicts statements she made at the height of the family separation crisis last spring that the administration did not have a policy of separating children from parents, as Nielsen personally signed off on the option to prosecute all adults who crossed the border illegally, including those with kids, knowing it would lead to family separations. buzzfeednews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, False Statements)|
Kirstjen Nielsen maintained the administration did not enact a family separation policy, but a memo she signed stated that the “zero tolerance” policy would have that effect.
|2018.09.30||In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night and loaded onto buses to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas. nytimes.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services)|
Until now, most undocumented children being held by federal immigration authorities had been housed in private foster homes or shelters, sleeping two or three to a room. They received formal schooling and regular visits with legal representatives assigned to their immigration cases. But in the rows of sand-colored tents in Tornillo, Tex., children in groups of 20, separated by gender, sleep lined up in bunks. There is no school: The children are given workbooks that they have no obligation to complete. Access to legal services is limited.
|2018.10.02||The Department of Homeland Security was so unprepared for the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that its computer systems were unable to track family members separated at the Mexican border and the agency held migrant children in detention centers far longer than the law allowed. nytimes.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Administration Errors)|
|2018.10.02||The inability of immigration authorities to handle the number of people legally seeking asylum at ports of entry along the US border likely forces many to cross into the country illegally. buzzfeednews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.10.09||Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so, but an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents. apnews.com (See also Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.10.12||The White House is actively considering plans that could again separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.10.22||Despite Donald Trump’s repeated threats to involve the US military in closing or bolstering the southern border from an approaching migrant caravan, the Pentagon said it had not received any new orders to deploy troops. buzzfeednews.com (See also False Statements, Mexico, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense)|
|2018.10.22||Donald Trump claimed, without providing evidence, that "unknown Middle Easterners" were "mixed in" the caravan of Central American migrants heading to the US border. buzzfeednews.com (See also Racism, Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Nationalism)|
|2018.10.24||A federal court (appointed by George W. Bush) has ruled against the Trump administration in a lawsuit over funding for “sanctuary cities,” writing that Trump's executive order to end federal grant funding for sanctuary cities is unconstitutional. thehill.com (See also Legal Activity)|
|2018.10.26||Three months after a court-ordered deadline for US officials to reunify families separated at the southern border, the government revealed that it had identified more separated kids not included in previous tallies. buzzfeednews.com (See also Administration Errors, Department of Health and Human Services)|
Officials now say there are 47 children still in federal custody who are potentially eligible to be reunified with a parent.
|2018.10.29||Homeland Security and Pentagon officials said Monday that they will send 5,200 troops, military helicopters and giant spools of razor wire to the Mexican border in the coming days to brace for the arrival of Central American migrants President Trump is calling “an invasion.” washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Racism, Mexico)|
The US soon will have more troops along the Mexican border than it has fighting in Iraq and Syria.
|2018.10.29||Immigration courts under the Trump administration have approved asylum cases at the lowest rate in nearly two decades, according to an analysis of Department of Justice data. buzzfeednews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice)|
The asylum approval rate is just over 33% for the 2018 fiscal year. Under the Obama administration, the rate hovered between 44% and 55%. The last time the rate dipped below 33% was in 1999, during the Bill Clinton administration, when it was 31%.
|2018.10.30||Donald Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to non-citizens, a move most legal experts say runs afoul of the Constitution. washingtonpost.com (See also Racism, Legal Issues)|
|2018.10.31||Donald Trump now says that he would deploy as many as 15,000 military personnel to the border with Mexico in response to caravans of Central American migrants making their way northward, doubling the figure Pentagon officials have announced would be operating there. washingtonpost.com (See also Mexico, Racism, False Statements)|
If the deployment reaches 15,000 troops, it would be roughly equivalent to the size of the U.S. military’s presence in Afghanistan and three times the size of the presence in Iraq. Already, the deployment is believed to be the largest of its kind in more than a century.
|2018.11.05||Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Monday that the US military will not be "involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States." cnn.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Mexico)|
When asked about the border mission for active-duty troops, Dunford said the military will not be coming into contact with migrants traveling toward the border.
|2018.11.05||The Trump administration again asked the Supreme Court to step into the legal fight over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Monday, urging the justices to decide this term whether the government has the power to end the Obama-era immigration policy. rollcall.com (See also Supreme Court, Legal Activity)|
|2018.11.08||A U.S. appeals court in California ruled on Thursday that Donald Trump’s administration must continue the DACA immigration program, which protects hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children. reuters.com (See also Legal Activity, Nationalism)|
|2018.11.08||The Trump administration introduced new measures to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, invoking national security powers to curb long-standing humanitarian protections for foreigners arriving on American soil, which now apply indefinitely. washingtonpost.com (See also Nationalism, Mexico, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.11.11||The number of people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement has hit an all-time high of 44,000 people. thedailybeast.com (See also Nationalism, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2018.11.12||Unaccompanied children who cross the US–Mexico border illegally will no longer have the right to apply for asylum under new changes instituted by the Trump administration, a shift in previous practice and a major restriction to how minors apply for protections in the country. buzzfeednews.com (See also Mexico, Racism, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.11.20||A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to resume accepting asylum claims from migrants no matter where or how they entered the United States, dealing at least a temporary setback to the president’s attempt to clamp down on a huge wave of Central Americans crossing the border. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Reversals)|
|2018.11.24||The Trump administration is working on a plan with Mexico’s incoming government to remake U.S. border policy by requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims move through U.S. courts washingtonpost.com (See also Mexico, Immigrants)|
|2018.11.26||U.S. authorities closed off the busiest port of entry along the U.S. border with Mexico and fired tear gas at members of a Central American migrant caravan, including mothers and children choking on tear gas, representing a serious escalation of the crisis. washingtonpost.com (See also Mexico Wall, Racism)|
Authorities say that about 100,000 people legally pass through the San Ysidro border crossing every day.
|2018.11.27||As the outrage toward the Trump administration’s harsh border policies escalated this week, Sinclair Broadcast Group required their roughly 200 local news outlets to air a defense of the Border Patrol’s use of tear gas against migrants crossing the border. mediaite.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Fascism)|
|2018.11.27||The Trump administration has put the safety of thousands of teens at a migrant detention camp at risk by waiving FBI fingerprint checks for their caregivers and short-staffing mental health workers, according to an Associated Press investigation and a new federal watchdog report. apnews.com (See also Department of Health and Human Services, Administration Errors)|
None of the 2,100 staffers at a tent city holding more than 2,300 teens in the remote Texas desert are going through rigorous FBI fingerprint background checks, according to a Health and Human Services inspector general memo.
|2018.11.30||Another federal judge has found that the Trump administration’s attempts to strong-arm state and local governments into being hostile to immigrants is illegal, as U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York ruled that that the executive order signed by Donald Trump last January, which withheld funding from sanctuary cities, was both illegal and unconstitutional. splinternews.com (See also Legal Activity, Reversals)|
|2018.12.07||The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Trump administration’s attempt to reinstate its policy that bars asylum for those who cross into the country without authorization. buzzfeednews.com (See also Legal Activity, rever, Reversals)|
“At the end of day, what’s happening here is quite simple: The executive is trying to unilaterally undermine the rule of law,” said an immigration expert.
|2018.12.10||More than 160 countries adopted a sweeping international accord on migration, after the United Nations secretary general robustly defended against the “myths” and falsehoods that critics had directed at the deal, defying the United States. nytimes.com (See also Nationalism)|
|2018.12.11||Donald Trump transformed what was to be a private negotiating session with Democratic congressional leaders into a bitter televised altercation over his long-promised border wall, vowing to force a year-end government shutdown. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Mexico Wall)|
|2018.12.11||Federal authorities have arrested 170 immigrants who came forward seeking to sponsor unaccompanied migrant children in government custody. nbcnews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2018.12.13||A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert. washingtonpost.com (See also Mexico, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2018.12.15||More than 40 Cambodian immigrants are set to be flown out of the United States in what attorneys believe is the largest deportation flight of Cambodian immigrants under the Trump administration. buzzfeednews.com (See also Nationalism, Immigrants)|
|2018.12.17||The Trump administration is deliberately slowing the asylum process to discourage applicants. buzzfeednews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Legal Issues)|
In a letter to Customs and Border Protection, senior Democrats said the closed-door testimony raised questions about whether the administration is obeying the law.
|2018.12.19||A federal judge struck down most of a Trump administration policy that turned away asylum seekers who claimed to suffer domestic violence or gang violence. politico.com (See also Legal Activity, Reversals, Mexico)|
|2018.12.20||The Trump administration, mired in a battle with Congress over funding of a border wall, announced that the United States would begin requiring people seeking asylum at the southwest border to wait in Mexico for a court ruling on their cases. nytimes.com (See also Mexico, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Mike Pompeo)|
|2018.12.21||The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the Trump administration's request to let it enforce its new asylum ban while the case makes its way through the courts. buzzfeednews.com (See also Supreme Court, Legal Activity)|
In a 5-4 ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts joined his more liberal colleagues in denying the Justice Department's stay request to implement the ban which would bar migrants who enter the US without authorization from requesting asylum.