Haiti TPS (Temporary Protected Status): After much public pressure, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that TPS for more than 58,000 Haitians in the U.S. will be extended by 6 months to January 22, 2018. TPS is typically renewed for 18-month periods and the DHS statement made it clear there is no guarantee the status will be renewed past January.
Refugee and travel ban: Two appeals courts heard arguments on the Trump administration’s refugee and travel ban earlier this month. The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction against the travel ban. The Ninth Circuit has yet to make its ruling. Read more about the two cases and the real-life consequences of the bans.
Increased criminal prosecutions: In April, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took steps to increase immigration-related prosecutions (Detention Watch Network analysis in English and Spanish). In May, Sessions issued new policies for federal prosecutors regarding drug crimes.
- Davis-Oliver Act (H.R. 2431): Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee began debating this bill, previously known as the SAFE Act, which would expand local police involvement in immigration enforcement, increase criminal penalties for immigration violations and punish so-called “sanctuary cities.” Texas sheriffs’ op-ed | Local sheriffs’ letter | AILA statement | ACLU statement | State Attorneys General report
- Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act (H.R.2213): There is concern that this bill would weaken the screening process for applicants to Customs and Border Protection jobs.
- New border security bill: Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn and House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul are reportedly working on a new border security and immigration enforcement bill with input from president Trump.
- Trump told dreamers to “rest easy,” but here’s proof they shouldn’t
- “No Asylum Here”: Some Say U.S. Border Agents Rejected Them
- A path to America, marked by more and more bodies
- REAL ID is a real problem
- Second ICE detainee in Georgia dies in space of two days | Statement from Detention Watch Network
- Immigrant hunger strike spreads across state lines as ICE retaliation threats backfire
- Legal nonprofit sues DOJ over immigrant cut-off order
- Despite Hiring, Immigration Court Backlog and Wait Times Climb
- TRAC challenges ICE’s abrupt change in disclosure practices
- The wall – A shameful and immoral act
September 11-15: MCC Immigration Law Training
Resources for congregations to use on World Refugee Day, June 20 (Church World Service)
Indefensible Podcast Series (Immigrant Defense Project): Stories of people resisting deportation
Crossing the line: U.S. border agents illegally reject asylum seekers (Human Rights First)
Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers (Project South and Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights)
Conservative Indiana town rallies around immigrant facing deportation (Chicago Tribune)
Special Investigation: Immigration’s Due Process Dispute (WAVY TV, Virginia)
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Update created May 26, 2017, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.
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