Saturday, January 6, 2018

DACA Fight Heats Up—and Other Fights Loom

The Democrats’ failure to defend DACA recipients in 2017 infuriated much of their base. What will they do in 2018? Meanwhile, there’s been comparatively little coverage of Trump’s termination of TPS for many groups, and Sessions may try to restrict some protections in the immigration court system.—TPOI editor
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Divided Democrats face liberal backlash over inaction on immigration
“The entire progressive movement has galvanized around protection for Dreamers. We need the party united,” said Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream....”

By Steve Peoples and Matthew Daly, Associated Press via PBS
January 4, 2018
WASHINGTON — With a new deadline fast approaching, Democrats in Congress are struggling to adopt a unified strategy to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Their inaction has enraged liberal activists across the country, who have shifted their anger in recent days from Republicans who control Congress to Democrats seeking to balance their commitment to a progressive priority with their desire to avoid an explosive government shutdown heading into the 2018 midterm elections.[...]

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The Other Imperiled Immigrants
For no good reason, other than spite and symbolism, Trump goes after Central American immigrants with Temporary Protected Status.

By Manuel Madrid, American Prospect
January 5, 2018
The past has come to claim Karla Alvarado and her family.

Departing from Central America’s infamous Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, Karla and her younger brother Carlos made the harrowing journey to the United States border in 1997, crossing over with the help of a coyote and then waiting for nightfall to hike into Texas. Their mother, Maria, had gone before them just months earlier, fleeing an abusive husband in El Salvador and then arranging for her children to join her in Washington, D.C.

At the time, Karla could count the number of words she knew in English on one hand and her own age on two hands[...]

Trump administration considers eliminating immigration policy seen as a lifeline for thousands
The attorney general wants to aggressively tackle immigration court backlogs

Clark Mindock, The Independent
January 5, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing an judicial policy that could potentially reshape the way immigration courts work and thrust thousands of people’s legal status into question.

Mr Sessions is questioning whether he should revoke judge’s ability to conduct “administrative closures” of immigration proceedings, which allow judges to close the cases without a decision.[...]

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