See also Immigrants.
|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.