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    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden says it will take months to roll back some of President Donald Trump’s actions on immigration, offering a slower timeline than he promised on the campaign trail and one that may rile advocates pushing for speedy action on the issue. His Tuesday comments echo those made by two of his top foreign policy advisers in an interview with Spanish wire service EFE on Monday hitting the brakes on rolling back Trump’s restrictive asylum policies. Susan Rice, Biden’s incoming domestic policy adviser, and Jake Sullivan, his pick for national security adviser, as well as Biden himself, warned that moving too quickly could create a new crisis at the border. Speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday, Biden said he’s already started discussing the issues with the Mexican president and “our friends in Latin America” and that “the timeline is to do it so that...
    President-elect Joe Biden is planning to follow through on campaign pledges to implement a 100-day freeze on deportations, limit immigration arrests and overturn some of the Trump administration's controversial border restrictions for asylum-seekers, transition officials said Tuesday. The seismic changes in immigration policy — especially for asylum programs along the U.S.-Mexico border — will take time and will not be carried out immediately, given the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the advisers cautioned. During a call with reporters Tuesday, Biden transition officials, who requested anonymity to speak freely, confirmed that the incoming administration plans to gradually end the "Remain in Mexico" and safe-third-country asylum programs, which collectively allow U.S. border officials to bounce migrants off American soil and either have them wait in Mexico for their court hearings or instruct them to request refuge in Central American countries. "This is an area of policy-making where there has been grave damage...
    President-Elect Joe Biden tapped Joelle Gamble to serve as an economic adviser in his incoming administration, and while Gamble will focus on rebuilding the U.S. economy, she appears to be no fan of some Republican-sponsored immigration policies. Gamble has been outspokenly critical of GOP-sponsored immigration policies on a few occasions, characterizing some as "xenophobic" in a 2015 Twitter post that appeared to be a response to comments made during the first GOP debate of the 2016 election, which was sponsored by Fox News and Facebook. During the debate, Trump claimed that immigration was "not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement," presumably referring to his sought-after border wall between the United States and Mexico.FAST FACTS Trump also accused Mexico of sending the "bad ones," referring to criminals and drug dealers, into the United States. Gamble served as a principal on the reimagining capitalism team at Omidyar...
    Migrants walk up a riverbank at the Mexico-US border near Tijuana as they try to reach the United States. Ramon Espinosa/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In recent weeks, devastating hurricanes in Central America, a northbound caravan of migrants from Honduras, and a spike in the apprehensions of unaccompanied minors at the United States-Mexico border have generated headlines about an imminent immigration “crisis”—one, some have claimed, that might be exacerbated by more lenient policies in a Biden administration. “If you assume that you don’t want any of these people coming in, no matter how many or how few, it obviously seems like a crisis,” says Yael Schacher, an immigration historian at the global organization Refugees International and the author of a report released Friday titled “Building Better, Not Backward: Learning From the...
    In an interview with Fox and Friends, Acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan said on Wednesday that the incoming Biden administration’s policies on border security and the border wall signal that America’s borders will be open to illegal migrants, drug cartels, and traffickers. President Donald Trump has promised to complete 450 miles of wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico by the end of the calendar year, but President-elect Joe Biden has said he will not build “one more foot” of the wall. “That’s very disturbing,”  Morgan said. “Right now, if you look at what the Biden administration’s policies are going to be, it’s not just about stopping the construction of the border wall,” Morgan said. “It’s about providing amnesty to millions of people.” He said Biden may even reverse the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention’s (CDC) order to immediately return illegal border crossers back...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday defended Mexico’s restrictive immigration policy, which has prevented many Central American migrants from crossing Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Mexico has sent National Guard officers and immigration agents to the southern border with Guatemala to prevent migrant caravans from entering Mexico and detain those who do manage to cross. “We have protected migrants, there have been no violations of their human rights,” López Obrador said. “Now they are registered, they are protected, so that they don’t come in through the south, so they don’t become victims of criminals.” López Obrador denied that the U.S. government had pressured Mexico to impose the restrictions, including the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy on asylum seekers. Formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, the policy sends asylum seekers from other countries back to Mexico while they await court dates on...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday defended Mexico’s restrictive immigration policy, which has prevented many Central American migrants from crossing Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Mexico has sent National Guard officers and immigration agents to the southern border with Guatemala to prevent migrant caravans from entering Mexico and detain those who do manage to cross. “We have protected migrants, there have been no violations of their human rights," López Obrador said. "Now they are registered, they are protected, so that they don’t come in through the the south, so they don't become victims of criminals.” López Obrador denied that the U.S. government had pressured Mexico to impose the restrictions, including the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy on asylum seekers. Formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, the policy sends asylum seekers from other countries back to Mexico while they await court dates on their...
    ATLANTA — Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway said during a press conference Tuesday that Georgia Senate Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff’s immigration policies could get Georgians killed. Washington Free Beacon reporter Collin Anderson asked Conway about Ossoff’s June comment that local law enforcement should not enforce federal immigration law. Ossoff said: I don’t think it’s the role of local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law. It is important that there be bonds of trust between local law enforcement and local communities…. We can’t live in a society where people are afraid to call the police while someone’s being assaulted in their home, because everyone’s going to get their papers checked when the local PD arrives. Ossoff’s comment refers to 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows state and local law enforcement to collaborate with the federal government to enforce federal immigration law. Conway, who is retiring at the end of...
    More On: immigration Trump administration to begin accepting new DACA applications District judge orders Trump administration to accept new DACA applications Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews receive warm welcome in Israel Joe Biden looks bent on restoring chaos at the border President-elect Joe Biden will take office amid a surge in detentions at the Mexican border, reportedly prompting his advisers to consider keeping some Trump administration immigration policies to avoid inspiring an even bigger rush. The uptick threatens Biden’s promises to propose amnesty legislation and to adopt policies that defer deportation and allow applicants to await amnesty decisions in the US. The Wall Street Journal reports the transition team “has grown concerned” and is “trying to decide which policies to change and when” to avoid “creating the appearance of leniency.” The number of unaccompanied minors and families detained at the border is rising and experts say they expect numbers to...
    A caravan of hundreds of migrants from Honduras is making its way to the U.S. after widespread damage caused by hurricanes, Reuters reported Wednesday. The caravan, comprised largely of young people and a few women carrying children, presents a challenge to the incoming Boden administration’s immigration policies, Reuters reported. The caravan organized in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, through social media advertising before departing to Guatemala. “We lost everything, we have no choice but to go to the United States,” a middle-aged man with his wife and cousin traveling with the caravan told Honduran television, Reuters reported. He said he was from La Lima, an area that experienced major flooding during the hurricanes. Honduran migrants flee distaster-stricken country, head to US border https://t.co/68fuLDgv41 pic.twitter.com/hlEVhqUY6s — New York Post (@nypost) December 10, 2020 Hurricanes Eta and Iota caused extensive damage over two weeks to Honduran infrastructure, agriculture and homes, Reuters...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is welcome news for America’s law enforcement community. Mayorkas — who served as deputy secretary of DHS under President Barack Obama — is the experienced, level-headed leader the department needs to get back on track.  Mayorkas’ well-documented commitment to collaborating with state and local law enforcement is an important signal that he’s ready to work with communities in developing the safest, most effective immigration policies. As the police chief in Houston, I know how important it is for federal, state, and local law enforcement officials to collaborate on issues involving immigration. BIDEN SAYS HE'LL PUSH 'PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR OVER 11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE' IN FIRST 100 DAYSMore from Opinion Ali Noorani: Immigrants made America great — time to end four years of demonizing and denouncing them Ali Noorani: Trump should let DACA recipients become...
    Proving once again that the left irrationally hates everything President Trump did, even when it was a success, Joe Biden has vowed to undo much of the previous administration’s immigration policy. Restoring President Obama’s approach to illegal immigration will only reignite the Obama-era border crisis — and re-enflame critics on the left who slammed Obama as the “deporter in chief.” Even before the pandemic, the surge on the southern US border had eased dramatically, thanks to more than 400 measures Trump took and the message they sent — that America just can’t accept all who want in and, from now on, will act decisively to block illegal entrants. see also DHS nom Mayorkas faced scrutiny for giving visas to foreign investors: OIG report Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Homeland... Note that Trump’s biggest successes involved international agreements: “safe harbor” deals with three Central American...
    (CNN)For many mixed status immigrant families -- like mine -- this post-election period is a time of growing anxiety and fear about what else Donald Trump may do to harm immigrants before he leaves the White House. It's not an unwarranted fear. It's been reported that the administration has recently been in constant communication with groups that advocate for harsher immigration policies.Cristina Jiménez Moreta And Trump's track record also gives us good reason to worry about what could come. From his first moments in office, Trump has used executive action to advance his racist anti-immigrant agenda. During his first week as President, he issued a sweeping travel ban, which mostly included Muslim majority countries and refugees. And there was another executive order making undocumented immigrants, which mostly consist of people of color, immediately deportable. He has moved to take away humanitarian protections or Temporary Protective Status from 300,000 immigrants from...
    (CNN)When President-elect Joe Biden comes into office, he will inherit the Trump administration's restrictionist immigration agenda, which cut access to asylum and has kept migrants in limbo in Mexico while they await humanitarian protection in the US. Biden has promised swift change, but it won't be simple."They're realizing that they have two months to figure out a really complicated mess of things," a source familiar with the transition told CNN, referring to the Biden team. "People are really overwhelmed trying to figure out the sheer issues, the sheer number of pieces you have to coordinate. This is the genius of Stephen Miller." Miller, President Donald Trump's lead immigration adviser and the architect of his hard-line immigration agenda, has shepherded some of the most restrictionist immigration policies -- and continues to do so -- with the intent of curtailing immigration to the US. The hundreds of executive actions rolled out by...
    SAN ANTONIO – President-elect Joe Biden has made history by choosing the first Latino and immigrant to head up the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed, Alejandro Mayorkas’ new job would include making decisions regarding immigration and border security. “My father and mother brought me to this country to escape communism. They cherished our democracy, and we’re intensely proud to become United States citizens,” Mayorkas said. Mayorkas, a Cuban American, is no stranger to the department. He served as its deputy secretary under the Obama administration. “I think he’s going to be looking towards the protection of immigrant rights more than anything else as far as new policies are concerned,” said Henry Flores, professor emeritus of political science at St. Mary’s University. Biden’s pick delighted former Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient Niria Velazquez. “That just makes me happy because that shows you right there that we’re not here...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, is best known for overseeing the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals during his time in the Obama administration. Mayorkas, 61, was described by a former DHS official as a “centrist,” but compared to the Trump White House’s immigration policies, Mayorkas’s strategies have sided with immigrants of various backgrounds, while President Trump's policies have clenched down against many forms of legal and illegal immigration. Mayorkas was tasked with carrying out the executive branch's DACA memo within 60 days so that illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children could apply for two-year reprieves from deportation and receive the ability to work in the country. More than 800,000 recipients have flowed through the program since its 2012 inception. In 2017, Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program was being gutted....
    Former Vice President Joe Biden will nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to run the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), despite his role in creating huge Latin American migration and his involvement in several visas-for-sale scandals. Mayorkas “is a gift for Republicans who want to make an issue of Biden’s immigration policies,” said Jessica Vaughn, at the Center for Immigration Studies. She continued: He is the exact kind of nominee that people didn’t want to see — someone in favor of corporate interests on immigration, of looking the other way on fraud, of rubber-stamping every [migration] application. This should be an easy softball for them to hit out of the park. This is something that’s going to be helpful to them in the Georgia Senate races — I mean, [Sen. David] Perdue [R-GA] and [Sen. Kelly] Loeffler [R-GA] should be commenting on this. All of the stars align here — cronyism, corruption, swampiness,...
    President-elect Joe Biden promised to reverse a number of key immigration policies enacted under President Trump, raising fears of a surge at the southern border, which administration officials believe they already are seeing. Biden has promised to end a number of Trump administration immigration policies, including many the administration said were key to ending “catch-and-release," a policy in which migrants are released into the U.S. while awaiting immigration hearings. BIDEN'S PICKS FOR TRANSITION TEAM THE LATEST SIGN OF A RADICALLY DIFFERENT APPROACH TO IMMIGRATION Ending catch-and-release, in turn, discouraged migrants who headed north whether they had a valid asylum claim or not because they could be released into the country, according to some. One of those policies was the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy, which sent migrants to Mexico to await hearings. More than 60,000 migrants were enrolled in the protection protocols, many waiting just south of the border, a stone's throw from towns like...
    Forgive my French but Donald Trump is an asshole, which is why he’s using the final weeks of his presidency to push policies including agreements that finalize forcing asylum-seekers to Central America, CNN reports. The thing is, President-elect Joe Biden’s immigration plan has pledged to roll these exact kind of anti-asylum policies back, as experts have also noted. So why do it right now? For the same reason he’s busy sabotaging Biden’s transition: to be an asshole. The asylum agreements that CNN reports are being floated by the soon-to-be-former administration would only add to the exhausting list of hundreds of immigration-related policies that will be left for a Biden administration to clean up. Some can be easy to reverse, experts have said. But others might take years. So the Trump administration is figuring, hey, let’s just make that workload even worse, and maybe get to hurt even more people in the process. Other policies already rolled...
    The reforms President Trump has implemented, largely closing the United States’ borders to international travel and legal immigration restrictions, are vital to slowing the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, an overwhelming majority of presidential election votes say. In response to the coronavirus crisis, Trump implemented travel bans on China, Europe, Iran, and Brazil and imposed the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Title 42 that has ensured a slow decline of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and allowed federal immigration officials to quickly deport border crossers at a record pace. Zogby Analytics exit polling conducted after the November 3 election — with more than 1,550 voters half of which voted for Democrat Joe Biden and the other half who voted for Trump — shows massive support for keeping the closed border policies in place. Overall, 5-in-6 voters said they agree that “limiting cross-border traffic and restricting the admission of international...
    Ira Mehlman, the media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, spoke about President-elect Joe Biden’s immigration policies, the impact they might have on the country and more. “You have to go by what [Biden] said during the campaign and the positions his campaign put out,” Mehlman said. “What he has said is that he is going to return to the Obama policies on steroids.”(RELATED: Defund The Police Movement Helped President Trump In Border Counties, Sheriff Bill Waybourn Says) The Biden Administration will also look to dismantle the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), according to reports. “What helped stem the flow of people pouring across the border in 2018 and 2019 was the MPP,” Mehlman said. “This made it clear to people that you’re not going to get into the United States on the basis of a bogus asylum claim. You were going to wait on the other side of the...
    While the 2020 election result is not yet final due to pending litigation and recounts, most signs point to an eventual defeat for President Donald Trump. If he is defeated, then many things likely contributed to the president’s 2020 loss. But one thing is clear: his views on immigration along with the very policies his administration implemented have nothing to do with it. In fact, his immigration stance and accomplishments attracted new voters to the Republican Party. If the GOP is going to build on his success in a post-Trump political universe, they must embrace his vision of lowering overall immigration levels and aggressively enforcing existing immigration laws. New exit polling from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) shows definitively that a majority of voters support President Trump’s immigration stances. The poll found that a super majority of Republicans, 76 percent, along with a majority of both Democrats and Independents...
    Loading the player... Although President-elect Joe Biden promised voters he’d be the complete opposite of President Donald Trump, he’s being urged by Obama White House alumni to follow Trump’s example and unapologetically lean on executive actions to push through key policies The advice from Rahm Emanuel and Denis McDonough, former chiefs of staff to President Barack Obama, comes prior to Biden entering office with an agenda potentially hindered by a closely divided Congress, according to NPR. “There is — as President Trump himself has demonstrated with the consent, quite obvious consent of Republicans in Congress — an enormous amount of leeway for the president to institute executive action on things like immigration and energy and climate policy,” said McDonough, who served as Obama’s chief for much of his second term. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden holds a protective mask as he speaks to the media after receiving a briefing from...
    President-elect Joe Biden. The Washington Post reported immediately after Joe Biden was projected to have defeated impeached president Donald Trump that among the president-elect’s Day One priorities will be actions fully reinstating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as repealing the discriminatory “Muslim ban.” CBS News now reports the incoming administration’s overall plans to begin reversing the outgoing administration’s anti-immigrant and anti-asylum policies are also taking shape. Among the Biden administration’s early actions will also reportedly be starting the process of repealing the “public charge” rule, yet another discriminatory policy that punished working families and racked up numerous losses in federal court. In another monumental victory for immigrant families and their advocates, CBS News reports the new administration will look to put in place a 100-day hold on deportations as it reexamines Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities. “Mr. Biden will look to implement a 100-day freeze on deportations while his administration issues guidance narrowing who can...
    President-elect Joe Biden is set to reverse many of President Trump’s immigration actions as soon as he takes office, including a moratorium on deportations and ending the travel ban restrictions on primarily Muslim countries. People “familiar with” Biden’s plan told CBS News the former vice president is prepared to restore DACA, implement a 100-day moratorium on deportations, end the “remain in Mexico" border policy, reinstate a Trump-scrapped, Obama-era program allowing at-risk children in Central America to request refugee or parole status, increase refugee admissions, and end the travel ban from Muslim countries, among other changes. Mr. Biden will look to implement the 100-day deportations moratorium while his administration issues guidance narrowing who can be arrested and deported by ICE.A source familiar with Mr. Biden's plans said new guidance would be designed to curb so-called "collateral arrests.”— Camilo Montoya-Galvez (@camiloreports) November 11, 2020 Other changes Biden’s team intends to...
    It took less than a half hour after the presidential election was called for President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday before Krish O’Mara Vignarajah tweeted her thoughts on what she expected from the incoming administration. “We will, day-in and day-out, hold the Biden administration accountable to its promises to immigrants, refugees, DREAMers, and the American people,” she wrote. “And together, we can and we will build a fair and humane immigration system that reflects our better angels.” As the president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Vignarajah was one of several immigrant rights leaders who decried President Donald Trump’s decision last month to cut the annual refugee limit to 15,000, the lowest ceiling in the history of the 40-year-old resettlement program — down from 30,000 in 2019 and 45,000 in 2018. The refugee limit was the latest in a four-year string of hard-line actions by the Trump administration to...
    Joe Biden promises to take the United States on a very different path than the one it has traveled the last four years under the Donald Trump administration, on issues ranging from immigration, the coronavirus pandemic and health care to caring for the environment and education. The winner of the presidential election promises to reverse Trump’s policies such as eliminating DACA, withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord and relaxing protections against environmental pollution. Although Trump wants to end the Affordable Care Act, Biden is proposing to expand “Obamacare” by adding a public option to cover more Americans. THE CHANGES THERE WOULD BE IN IMMIGRATION Biden has referred to Trump’s immigration actions as a “relentless attack” on American values, and assures that it will “undo the damage” while maintaining strict border security. Biden has promised that he will immediately reimplement the Deferred Action...
    Joe Biden promises to take the United States on a very different path than the one it has traveled the last four years under the Donald Trump administration, on issues ranging from immigration, the coronavirus pandemic and health care to caring for the environment and education. The winner of the presidential election promises to reverse Trump’s policies such as eliminating DACA, withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord and relaxing protections against environmental pollution. Although Trump wants to end the Affordable Care Act, Biden is proposing to expand “Obamacare” by adding a public option to cover more Americans. THE CHANGES THERE WOULD BE IN IMMIGRATION Biden has referred to Trump’s immigration actions as a “relentless attack” on American values, and assures that it will “undo the damage” while maintaining strict border security. Biden has promised that he will immediately reimplement the Deferred Action...
    Joe Biden promises to take the United States on a very different path than the one it has traveled the last four years under the Donald Trump administration, on issues ranging from immigration, the coronavirus pandemic and health care to caring for the environment and education. The winner of the presidential election promises to reverse Trump’s policies such as eliminating DACA, withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord and relaxing protections against environmental pollution. Although Trump wants to end the Affordable Care Act, Biden is proposing to expand “Obamacare” by adding a public option to cover more Americans. THE CHANGES THERE WOULD BE IN IMMIGRATION Biden has referred to Trump’s immigration actions as a “relentless attack” on American values, and assures that it will “undo the damage” while maintaining strict border security. Biden has promised that he will immediately reimplement the Deferred Action...
    Protesters at the U.S. border in Mexico torched effigies of President Trump and a border patrol agent on Saturday while calling on voters to elect Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to a report. Dozens of immigration activists marched along the border fence in the city of Tijuana, just south of California, and condemned the Trump administration’s immigration policies, Reuters reported. Protesters also burned a piñata depicting a U.S. border patrol agent. (Guillermo Arias / AFP via Getty Images) BIDEN TO REVERSE MANY OF TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION POLICIES IF ELECTED “We’re calling on people to vote against Trump and in favor of hope,” Hugo Castro, a Mexican American migrant activist, told the outlet. “Biden has promised us a humanitarian migration reform, we’ll be watching to ensure the promises are kept this time.” A Trump piñata is burnt during a protest against his administration's immigration policies on the U.S. border in Tijuana. (Guillermo Arias...
    Getty: "Olga Puerta, originally from Colombia, holds an American flag as she joins with other people during a ceremony to become American citizens at a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in a Miami Field Office on August 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida." Voters in a number of key battleground states including Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin not only overwhelmingly support humane approaches to immigration, they’re repudiating impeached president Donald Trump’s treatment of immigrants, Immigration Hub and Civiqs find in polling released just days away from the end of voting in the 2020 election. “The polling ... reveals that battleground voters are increasingly moving away from Trump on immigration,” they said, “with a majority indicating they prefer pro-immigration policies over the status quo, particularly for America’s recovery from the pandemic—like prioritizing citizenship over deportation, protecting asylum seekers over jailing families, and limiting ICE’s jurisdiction over expanding it.” If we win Pennsylvania, Trump loses—which is...
    The United States could see an “invasion” of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border if Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden dismantles President Trump’s enforcement priorities, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Chief Mark Morgan says. In a statement this week, Morgan suggested that an overturning of Trump’s policies — which have greatly slowed illegal immigration — by a Biden administration would invite a flood of migrants to the southern border. “If the current network of tools and policies we have, which ended catch and release, are stopped — we won’t just have another illegal immigration crisis — we’ll have an invasion,” Morgan wrote. If the current network of tools and policies we have, which ended catch and release, are stopped – we won’t just have another illegal immigration crisis – we’ll have an invasion. pic.twitter.com/oDJneEkd23 — CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) October 28, 2020 Biden has vowed to amnesty about 11 to...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden will reverse a number of President Trump’s policies on immigration if elected to the White House -- something that supporters believe will lead to a more humane approach, but that officials at the border and in the White House are warning will lead to chaos. While the issue has not been as central to the 2020 race as it was in 2016, the two candidates differ significantly on how to handle both legal and illegal immigration, with Biden promising to halt or reverse many of Trump’s policies. BIDEN WOULD RETURN TO OBAMA-ERA IMMIGRATION POLICIES IF ELECTED, REPORT SAYS On Thursday, the Trump administration marked nearly 400 miles of border wall built at the southern border since 2017, but it’s something Biden would stop. “There will not be another foot of wall constructed under my administration,” Biden has promised. The wall was a very controversial policy proposal,...
    Stephen Miller is spending the final days of the election pushing for even more extreme immigration policies. Should Donald Trump get reelected, Stephen Miller, Trump's senior immigration adviser, is pushing to implement an even harsher slate of immigration policies over the next four years, the Guardian reported Wednesday. If Trump wins a second term — or simply refuses to concede defeat — Miller will be closer than ever to achieving his vision of a White America. Jean Guerrero is the author of Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda. In an interview with the Guardian, Guerrero said a second Trump term could unleash even more extreme, nationalistic immigration policies — with Miller as the mastermind behind them all.
              Live from Virginia Wednesday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  live weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Live Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed former director of Homeland Security Thomas Homan to the show. During the program, Homan questioned why immigration had not been a presidential talking point and urged the Trump campaign to bring it to the fore front. He outlined the border progress under the Trump administration and how another four years of the same policies are needed to ensure national security. Fredericks: Joining me now is Tom Homan. Always great to have former director Homan on. He ran the border security for Homeland Security. And he’s been very...
    Former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor, who earlier revealed he is “Anonymous,” the author of a New York Times op-ed and a subsequent book critical of President Donald Trump, called the Trump administration immigration policies “almost Nazi-like” during a Wednesday appearance on CNN. Anchor Chris Cuomo said, “What is your biggest fear about what happens if the president has a second term? Taylor said, “I think the president will feel completely emboldened to pursue not just these almost Nazi-like immigration policies—I don’t say that lightly that is a pretty harsh term to levee against the president —but that’s really where they want to go is turn this country into fortress America rather than the shining city on a hill. But worse still for me as a lifelong national security professional is I believe the president is going to sell out our allies and befriend our enemies, and put this...
    SAN DIEGO — One of President Donald Trump’s top priorities on immigration if he wins a second term would be to use agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people seeking refuge in the United States, a top adviser said Friday. Stephen Miller, a key architect of Trump’s immigration policies, said the agreements would help stop “asylum fraud, asylum shopping and asylum abuse on a global scale.” Miller, in an interview with The Associated Press, also forecast a broader offensive against so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, saying the administration would use its “full power, resources and authority.” He vowed more efforts toward legal immigration “based on merit.” The “Asylum Cooperative Agreements” that the administration struck in 2019 have allowed for asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras to be flown to Guatemala for...
    SAN DIEGO — One of President Donald Trump’s top priorities on immigration if he wins a second term would be to use agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people seeking refuge in the United States, a top adviser said Friday. Stephen Miller, a key architect of Trump’s immigration policies, said the agreements would help stop “asylum fraud, asylum shopping and asylum abuse on a global scale.” Miller, in an interview with The Associated Press, also forecast a broader offensive against so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, saying the administration would use its “full power, resources and authority.” He vowed more efforts toward legal immigration “based on merit.” The “Asylum Cooperative Agreements” that the administration struck in 2019 have allowed for asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras to be flown to Guatemala for an...
    SAN DIEGO – One of President Donald Trump's top priorities on immigration if he wins a second term would be to use agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people seeking refuge in the United States, a top adviser said Friday. Stephen Miller, a key architect of Trump’s immigration policies, said the agreements would help stop "asylum fraud, asylum shopping and asylum abuse on a global scale.” Miller, in an interview with The Associated Press, also forecast a broader offensive against so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, saying the administration would use its “full power, resources and authority.” He vowed more efforts toward legal immigration “based on merit.” The “Asylum Cooperative Agreements" that the administration struck in 2019 have allowed for asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras to be flown to Guatemala for an...
    By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's top priorities on immigration if he wins a second term would be to use agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people seeking refuge in the United States, a top adviser said Friday. Stephen Miller, a key architect of Trump’s immigration policies, said the agreements would help stop "asylum fraud, asylum shopping and asylum abuse on a global scale.” Miller, in an interview with The Associated Press, also forecast a broader offensive against so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, saying the administration would use its “full power, resources and authority.” He vowed more efforts toward legal immigration “based on merit.” The “Asylum Cooperative Agreements" that the administration struck in 2019 have allowed for asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras to...
    Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday night hammered President Donald Trump on his immigration agenda but was forced to defend his own record on the issue and largely sidestepped questions about actions taken when he was vice president. Trump touted his administration's border security record and repeatedly accused the Obama administration of building "cages" to detain migrants in one of his most aggressive lines of attack during the final presidential debate. But the president appeared to squander whatever advantage he secured during an awkward response in which he characterized immigrants in the U.S. who show up to their immigration court hearings as "low IQ." [ READ Immigration and the Wall Fade from Trump’s 2020 Campaign ]The sharp exchange during the final presidential debate was by far the most substantive conversation between the candidates on immigration, Trump's signature policy issue and one he has treated with laser-like focus as president. Much...
    Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf touted the Trump administration's actions on immigration Thursday in a lengthy speech to law enforcement and border personnel in Phoenix, Arizona – a crucial battleground state in the upcoming election. Wolf also warned about the consequences of repealing immigration policies enacted by the Trump administration in a less-than-subtle nod to the immigration platforms of former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, and other Democrats, who have vowed to end many of the Trump administration's immigration practices. [ READ Immigration and the Wall Fade from Trump’s 2020 Campaign ]The speech, which came just 12 days before the presidential election, is the latest in a string of events held by top Homeland Security officials in the run up to the election. The press conferences and speeches have highlighted immigration actions and railed against jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement....
    In 2015, Donald J. Trump decided he was going to run for president on popular ideas. This was a stunning, historic breakthrough in American politics. He made his announcement in a speech talking about Mexican rapists, pledging to deport illegal aliens and build a wall. And the rest is history. I’m thinking he should try it again this Thursday night. Recall that Trump’s famous escalator speech provided any number of possible campaign themes: Bomb ISIS! Take their oil! Protect our veterans! Bring our jobs home! Repeal Common Core! Repeal Obamacare! Protect the Second Amendment! Make China pay! Concealed carry! But that’s not what the crowds chanted. They certainly weren’t chanting “Reform Social Security!” or “Protect Ukraine’s national sovereignty!” No, the slogan that inspired a million T-shirts, chalk etchings, replicas and hashtags was: Build the wall! Month after month, at every rally, whenever Trump mentioned the wall, the crowds went wild. It...
    A Joe Biden presidency would reverse many of the Trump administration’s signature immigration policies including cracking down on undocumented migration, limiting entry to asylum seekers and refugees, and striking down the DACA program, a conservative-leaning think tank says. ‘The contrast between President Trump and Biden’s immigration policies is stark,’ wrote Lora Ries of The Heritage Foundation. ‘If Biden were to become president, he would return to many of the same immigration policies in place during the Obama administration. ‘This would include protecting and expanding the DACA program, admitting at least 125,000 refugees annually and seeking amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens.’ If Joe Biden wins the presidency, he will undo the Trump administration's immigration policies and revert back to Obama-era initiatives like strengthening DACA, according to a conservative-leaning think tank. Biden is seen in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday According to the Biden campaign’s web site, a new administration led...
    Joe Biden would reverse several immigration policies enacted under President Donald Trump if elected to the White House, according to an analysis released Wednesday by a prominent conservative policy institute, calling the differences stark. Lora Ries, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, published a 17-page analysis explaining how Biden likely would return to many of the policies enacted and pursued under the administration of President Barack Obama, from the border wall, DACA, general amnesty to illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities, asylum, travel restrictions and more. The contrast between President Trump and Biden’s immigration policies is stark, Ries wrote. In a second term, President Trump would pursue merit-based immigration reform with Congress, navigate rescinding DACA while negotiating an amnesty with Congress (for anywhere from 800,000 to up to 11 million illegal aliens), and continue to secure the border in the face of strong COVID-economy immigration push factors. If Biden were...
    EXCLUSIVE: Joe Biden, if elected president, would undo a number of key Trump administration’s policies related to immigration, and specifically illegal immigration, a new report predicts -- concluding that the differences between the two candidates on the issues is “stark.”“The contrast between President Trump and Biden’s immigration policies is stark,” the report by the conservative Heritage Foundation, obtained by Fox News ahead of its release, says. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO BAR CONVICTED FELONS, GANG MEMBERS FROM ASYLUM  “If Biden were to become president, he would return to many of the same immigration policies in place during the Obama administration. This would include protecting and expanding the DACA program, admitting at least 125,000 refugees annually and seeking amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens,” it says. President Trump ran his 2016 campaign with immigration as a primary issue, particularly stopping illegal immigration across the southern border with Mexico, and kept it as a...
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would take up two cases related to President Trump’s immigration policies, including his construction of the border wall. The first case, Trump v. Sierra Club, addresses whether the commander-in-chief acted unconstitutionally when he circumvented Congress in February 2019 and directed $2.5 billion of Department of Defense funding be redirected to the construction of his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in June ruled that the Trump administration had acted illegally, handing a win to the Sierra Club, an environmental organization that is trying to block the building of the wall. The Supreme Court in July refused to block the Trump administration’s use of military funds to finance construction but on Monday announced it would hear the ongoing case. The high court on Monday also agreed to hear another Ninth Circuit decision which ruled illegal the president’s...
    The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear two cases pertaining to President Trump's immigration policies. The high court did not specify when the justices will be hearing the cases, but the schedule for the rest of the calendar year is full, so it will not be until 2021, according to the Associated Press. The cases would likely be heard after the all-but-certain confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, but they could become a moot point if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the election and opts to overturn the Trump administration policies. One of the cases revolves around the Migrant Protection Protocols, which forces migrants hoping to get asylum status to remain in Mexico as they await their U.S.-based court date. An appeals court in February blocked the program, which forced tens of thousands of migrants traveling through Mexico to reach the United States to remain...
    The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear two key cases related to President Trump's immigration policies. One case involves funding for the wall being constructed on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the other deals with the Trump administration's "remain in Mexico" asylum policy. The case of Trump v. Sierra club deals with a challenge to the president’s constitutional authority when transferring military funds to help build the border wall. At issue is how much discretion courts should have when the president seeks to repurpose $2.5 billion in military funds in the face of what he determines to be a "national emergency"-- the influx of immigrants and illegal drugs along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Supreme Court last year had issued a stay on a lower court ruling that barred the administration from moving forward with this plan. In the other case, Wolf v. Innovation Law Lab, the Trump administration is appealing lower-court...
    Two-and-a-half weeks before the election, top Trump administration officials in charge of immigration enforcement blasted Denver and other cities for their unwillingness to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Sanctuary city policies shield violent criminals, criminal aliens, at the expense of American lives," Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said at an October 16 press conference announcing results of a recent ICE enforcement operation that targeted jurisdictions covered by field offices in Denver (which oversees Colorado and Wyoming), Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The operation had been telegraphed by the Washington Post, which reported on September 29 that the Trump administration was preparing an "immigration enforcement blitz" that would start in California and then expand to other places, including Denver. Related Stories GEO Group Coerced Aurora ICE Detainees Into Cleaning Common Areas Aurora Immigration Court Shuts Down Hearings After Major COVID Outbreak Colorado...
    GEO Group, the private prison company that contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to run the Aurora Contract Detention Facility, has a history of coercing immigrant detainees into cleaning common areas under the threat of solitary confinement, newly unsealed documents reveal. The documents are photocopies of disciplinary reports from 2009, 2011 and 2014 that show Aurora ICE detainees being placed in solitary confinement for refusing to clean common areas. They're part of a class-action suit filed in the U.S District Court of Colorado in 2014 by a group of Aurora ICE detainees that alleged GEO significantly underpays detainees for work, and even coerces them into working for free at the Aurora facility. In court proceedings, GEO Group has insisted that its policies and practices are on the up-and-up, and that it hasn't violated any laws or ICE detention protocol through its voluntary work programs and cleaning requirements for detainees.Related Stories...
    Immigration advocates and even some Central Americans mulling entering the U.S. are reportedly rooting hard for a Joe Biden victory in November, encouraged by the Democratic nominee's pledge to dismantle President Trump’s border policies. Biden has said he plans on “modernizing” the U.S. immigration system by working with the international community and tackling “irregular immigration.” He further plans on re-establishing the nation's “commitment to asylum seekers and refugees,” according to his campaign website. That has buoyed the hopes of some who oppose Trump's hard line on illegal immigration. “I want Trump out,” a Honduran woman reportedly told the Center for Immigration Studies during a January fact-finding mission in Mexico, the Washington Times reported Thursday. “I’ll wait for that because it would make things easier to get it,” she said while reportedly holding a child. ORGANIZERS SCRAP NEXT PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE AFTER TRUMP SAID HE WOULDN'T AGREE TO VIRTUAL FORMAT A cornerstone of President Trump's successful 2016 campaign, when...
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement has purchased space on several Pennsylvania billboards to publicize their search for illegal immigrants deemed dangerous who were released back onto the streets by Democrats in the state. “The billboards feature at-large immigration violators who may pose a public safety threat,” ICE said in a statement regarding the six billboards around Pennsylvania meant to lead to the apprehension of illegal immigrants protected by the state’s sanctuary policies. “These individuals were previously arrested or convicted of crimes in the U.S., but were released into the community instead of being transferred to ICE custody pursuant to an immigration detainer.” ICE Some of the wanted criminals highlighted on the billboards include a South Korean national arrested for aggravated assault and released due to Philadelphia’s sanctuary laws despite a detainer being issued by ICE. Another billboard focuses on an Indian national illegally present in the United States who was...
    (CNN)The Trump administration has put up billboards in Pennsylvania of immigration violators, an unprecedented move taken in a swing state a month before the presidential election. The plan targeting "sanctuary cities," which limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities, is in step with President Donald Trump's law-and-order message. Trump has repeatedly gone after these jurisdictions, arguing that they put public safety at risk. The billboards, placed in six locations, feature the faces of individuals who were previously arrested or convicted of crimes in the United States and released, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The billboards don't attach a name to the mugshot but include charges like assault. A phone number for an ICE hotline is also listed. "Too often sanctuary policies limiting cooperation with ICE result in significant public safety concerns," said Tony Pham, the senior official performing the duties of the ICE director. "ICE will...
    George Santos, a Republican candidate running in New York’s 3rd Congressional District, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about last night’s presidential debate, President Trump’s immigration policies and more. “I feel like unfortunately, the American people came out on the bottom almost,” Santos said. “The focus was so offset from the real issues.” He continued, “Joe Biden wouldn’t acknowledge law enforcement and law and order. It was just so difficult to see that happening.” “Unfortunately, even the president of the United States, who I support whole-heartedly, I think ‘okay, good job,’ had some moments where [they] were cringe-worthy.” (RELATED: Trump Narrows Biden’s Lead Despite Unfavorable Debate Performance, New Poll Shows) Santos added, “this [was] a presidential debate. We were expecting a little bit more especially from somebody trying to take out an incumbent with a record-high in the economy, the lowest unemployment in history amongst minority communities.” Santos also discussed...
    Colorado politicians are pushing back against a rumored Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that could hit Denver before the election. “The President’s proposed ICE raids are intended to incite fear for political gain," says Representative Joe Neguse. "His attempts to demonize immigrants will not work in Denver, and will not work in Colorado. We need humane and comprehensive immigration reform, not an administration that cruelly rips people away from their homes and their families." On September 29, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration was preparing an "immigration enforcement blitz" focusing on cities that have adopted so-called sanctuary policies. The "sanctuary op" would begin in California, likely in early October, and then expand to other places, including Denver, according to the Post piece.Related Stories House Subcommittee Report Takes Aim at Aurora Immigrant Detention Facility Asian Americans Protest ICE Head Tony Pham, Vietnamese Refugee Detainee Transfers Lead to COVID-19 Increase at Aurora...
    By Kristina Cooke and Mica Rosenberg LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Venezuelan father waiting in Mexico to plead his U.S. asylum case who has yet to meet his newborn daughter. An Iraqi refugee stuck in Jordan despite his past helping U.S. soldiers. A mother sent back to Honduras after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from her two young children. A Malian package courier deported after three decades in the United States. And an Iranian couple kept apart for years under a U.S. travel ban. They have all experienced first-hand the effects of Republican President Donald Trump's signature domestic policy goal in his nearly four years in office - the overhaul of the U.S. immigration system. A multitude of new bureaucratic hurdles to entering or staying in the United States have upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Trump says the changes were necessary...
    The 2020 presidential election will pit two drastically different visions on immigration against each other, with the victor retaining or assuming broad executive authorities that have dominated policy-making on the issue for decades in the absence of congressional action. President Trump's reelection would allow his administration to continue cracking down on unauthorized immigrants, limiting legal immigration and curtailing humanitarian protections for foreigners. During a second term, Mr. Trump could also see through major policy changes to the U.S. immigration system that have so far been stalled by federal courts. If victorious, Joe Biden will inherit an immigration system transformed by hundreds of changes made by the Trump administration, including a series of restrictive asylum policies, sweeping green card rules, broader deportation priorities, a decimated refugee program and pandemic-era border restrictions. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Current and former senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and people...
    Executives and top scientists at tech giants Google, Microsoft and Facebook endorsed Joe Biden’s White House bid on Monday, complaining that President Trump’s immigration policies have prevented them from hiring overseas talent. In a public letter, the group of 24 computer scientists — all winners of the Turing Award, known as the Nobel Peace Prize of computer programming — bemoaned Trump’s cracking-down on certain visas used by tech companies in a bid to force them to hire Americans first amid the pandemic. Among the group are John Hennessy, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet; Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar; Vinton Cerf, a vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google, and Yann LeCun, the vice president and chief AI scientist at Facebook. “Information technology is thoroughly globalized. Academic computer science departments attract talented students, many of whom immigrate and become American inventors and captains of industry,” the...
    John Hennessy, Alphabet Chairman.Adam Jeffery | CNBC Alphabet executive chairman John Hennessy and Google exec Vinton Cerf are part of two dozen Turing Award winners — known as the Nobel Prize of computing — to sign a letter in support of Democratic nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris, citing immigration concerns. The group also includes distinguished Google engineer David Patterson, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull, Facebook's chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun and Microsoft research scientists Leslie Lamport and Butler Lampson. The endorsements reflect the opinions of the people who signed the letter, not the companies they work for. The support comes as technology leaders fear U.S. tech talent will be significantly impacted if further restrictions are placed on work visas under President Donald Trump. "The most brilliant people in the world want to come here and be grad students, but now they are being discouraged from coming here, and many are going...
    A group of two dozen award-winning computer scientists has endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE in his White House bid.  In a group interview with the New York Times, the scientists said that under President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE the U.S. could do long-term damage to the tech industry, one of the most important blocks of the country’s economy. The group includes John Hennessy, the executive chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. All the members of the group are winners of the Turing...
    A poll has found that a majority of ‘Red Wall’ voters — who shifted from Labour to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson in last year’s general election — are opposed to the Conservative-led government’s lax immigration policies. Published by pressure group Migration Watch UK, a survey from Deltapoll found that 72 per cent of respondents want the government to introduce stricter controls on non-UK workers. This proportion jumps to 83 per cent when only polling those who voted for the Conservative Party in 2019. Those polled rejected any idea to remove a cap for employers on the number of migrants they can bring to the UK each year, with 55 per cent opposing the plan and 68 per cent of 2019 Conservative voters. The vast majority of voters polled, 78 per cent as a whole and 87 per cent of Conservatives, supported the idea that businesses should be mandated to...
    It’s no secret that the Social Security program faces a very real threat of running out of money. Thanks to impressive advancements in the medical world, the ratio of workers to retirees is now decreasing too quickly, and the future availability of retirement funds for millions of Americans is in serious doubt. Internal agency assessments predict that the program’s trust fund reserves will be completely depleted by 2034 unless significant reforms are enacted before then. Of course, many open-border advocates use this as an opportunity to call for more mass-immigration, including amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, to immediately boost the number of workers in the United States. However, will simply adding new migrants to the economy solve the impending financial crisis facing the Social Security program? Any way you approach that question, the answer is a resounding “no.” Unchecked immigration will not save Social Security. In fact, the Social...
    PHOENIX (AP) — This political campaign was likely the last for Joe Arpaio, the former six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix known for leading immigration crackdowns and building a political career around the harsh treatment of jail inmates. The 88-year-old lawman narrowly lost a race to win back his old job, his second failed comeback bid four years after getting voted out of office. Arpaio got edged out Friday in the Republican primary for Maricopa County sheriff by his former second-in-command, Jerry Sheridan, in a race that was lower profile and more modestly funded for Arpaio than the blowout campaigns of his heyday. While he still faced criticism over his 2017 criminal conviction — which President Donald Trump pardoned — many didn’t know he was running until they saw his name on the ballot. “I think some people were tired of me, and they wanted somebody else,” Arpaio said. “And that’s...
    Last month, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending guest worker visas, like the H-1B, which is widely used by tech companies to attract talent from other countries without needing to go through the traditional immigration process. Competition for the visas is high since the US only issues 85,000 per year and means a foreign worker’s employment status affects their immigration status. Tech companies in Silicon Valley have protested the administration’s policies; Twitter called the policy “damaging,” and Apple CEO Tim Cook said he was “deeply disappointed” by the ban. But it’s not just huge companies that would be affected by any changes. Duolingo, the language learning app company based in Pittsburgh, has been put in a difficult position by the Trump administration’s confusing and unpredictable immigration moves. Duolingo became Pittsburgh’s first $1 billion venture capital-funded startup after a $30 million investment from Alphabet’s CapitalG investment arm last year....
    Civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has added Trump administration official and noted white supremacist Stephen Miller to its “Extremists Files” for his role in implementing some of the most inhumane and racist immigration policies in modern U.S. history, putting this taxpayer-paid official alongside notorious racists and bigots like former KKK grand wizard David Duke and dead homophobe Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. “Stephen Miller is the architect behind some of the most draconian anti-immigrant policies that we’ve seen from the Trump administration,” SPLC senior investigative reporter Michael Edison Hayden said in a statement received by Daily Kos, stating that leaked communications with fellow racists from before he joined the White House “essentially provided a roadmap for the dehumanizing and hateful policies that we’ve seen enacted under this administration.” “Through the conscious use of fearmongering and xenophobia, Miller implements policies which demonize immigrants, regardless of their immigration status, in an apparent effort to halt all forms of immigration to the United States,”...
    White House aide and noted white supremacist Stephen Miller Civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has added Trump administration official and noted white supremacist Stephen Miller to its “Extremists Files” for his role in implementing some of the most inhumane and racist immigration policies in modern U.S. history, putting this taxpayer-paid official alongside notorious racists and bigots like former KKK grand wizard David Duke and dead homophobe Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. “Stephen Miller is the architect behind some of the most draconian anti-immigrant policies that we’ve seen from the Trump administration,” SPLC senior investigative reporter Michael Edison Hayden said in a statement received by Daily Kos, stating that leaked communications with fellow racists from before he joined the White House “essentially provided a roadmap for the dehumanizing and hateful policies that we’ve seen enacted under this administration.” Campaign Action “Through the conscious use of fearmongering and xenophobia, Miller implements policies which demonize immigrants, regardless of their...
    President Trump is consulting a controversial Bush-era lawyer to write new executive policies. John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general during President George W. Bush's administration, confirmed to the Guardian that he's in communication with White House officials after writing an opinion that argued the Supreme Court's decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, "makes it easy" for presidents to circumvent the law. “If the court really believes what it just did, then it just handed President Trump a great deal of power, too,” Yoo said in an interview. “The Supreme Court has said President Obama could [choose not to] enforce immigration laws for about 2 million cases. And why can’t the Trump administration do something similar with immigration — create its own … program, but it could do it in areas beyond that, like healthcare, tax policy, criminal justice, inner-city policy. I...
    Attorney General William Barr appointed several dozen new immigration judges on Friday. One of the newly-commissioned judges most recently served as the research director for a group which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a “hate group” for having had ties to “white supremacy” and even to a “eugenicist organization.” The judge, Matthew J. O’Brien, was officially named to his new position in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) in June — but was just formally inducted into the largest ever corps of immigration judges along with 45 others. O’Brien’s biography notes a decade-plus-long stint in federal service. He previously worked under both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in largely immigration-focused roles before moving into the non-profit sector in 2016. “From 2016 to 2020, he served as the director of research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform,” the brief...
    Stephen Miller has long been in the crosshairs of critics who have called out his hard-line immigration policies, and now the White House senior adviser has been included on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) list of “extremists” in the United States. The non-profit organization, which identifies and tracks extremist groups in the United States, added Miller to its database of extremists this week. As Truthout reported, the entry for Miller noted that he is “credited with shaping the racist and draconian immigration policies of President Trump,” including the controversial child separation policy that called for children of migrants to be taken from their parents after crossing the U.S. border and sent indefinitely to detention facilities. Miller was also criticized for Trump’s focus on what he called “caravans” of migrants traveling from Central America to the United States to seek asylum, leading Trump to put restrictions on border crossings for...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden revealed plans to undo all of the Trump administration's immigration policies if elected in November and vowed to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. Approximately 11 million people who are illegally residing in the United States would be given a way to become U.S. citizens, the opposite of President Trump's 2016 campaign promise not to give "amnesty" to this demographic. People who worked in essential jobs during the coronavirus pandemic would have an advantage over other immigrants. Biden's plan was heavily influenced by former campaign foe, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is further left than Biden on the issue. The Biden campaign said its focus in reforming immigration policies, including refugee levels, asylum protocols, and detention center standards, is meant to bring in a new era of justice and law enforcement, countering "systemic racism" in the immigration system. A...
    Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Harvard University and MIT have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an attempt to stop their new rule requiring international students to either transfer to another institution or leave the country if their school offers its courses entirely online in the fall. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston on Wednesday, is seeking a temporary restraining order against the new rule — citing the health and safety risks of the global pandemic and claiming that ICE’s decision aims to force universities to open in the fall. “The ability to provide remote education during the pandemic is of paramount importance to universities across the country,” the lawsuit states. “For many students, returning to their home countries to participate in online instruction is impossible, impracticable, prohibitively expensive, and/or dangerous.” The suit comes shortly after Harvard...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The co-founder of Pittsburgh’s first billion-dollar tech startup says immigration policies from the Trump administration could force him to move jobs to Canada. Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn took to Twitter on Monday to voice his displeasure. “I’m proud that @duolingo, the most valuable startup in PA, is seen as an inspiration for Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, if the US policies against (extremely qualified) immigration continue, we’ll be forced to move jobs (and inspiration) to Toronto.” In his tweet, the CEO tagged Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, along with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Im proud that @duolingo, the most valuable startup in PA, is seen as an inspiration for Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, if the US policies against (extremely qualified) immigration continue, well be forced to move jobs (and inspiration) to Toronto @SenToomey @SenBobCasey @billpeduto — Luis von Ahn (@LuisvonAhn) July 6, 2020 Peduto responded on Twitter,...
    WASHINGTON — Officials in the Trump administration are working to extend the executive order on “emergency” immigration measures introduced at the peak of the coronavirus crisis — restricting many employment-based visas until the fall, according to a new report. The move would cement policies that have limited a number of visas issued to immigrants seeking temporary work in the US and made it easier for immigration judges to reject applications for asylum, the Wall Street Journal reports. Restrictions are expected to be placed on employment-based visas including the H-1B skilled-worker visa until October, banning any new H-1B holder from entering the country until then, the report said. It’s unclear if a measure significantly reducing the number of Green Cards being issued will continue. The proposals are part of a move by the administration to reduce the number of foreign workers and potentially-infected people from entering the country as it faces...
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