Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), chair of committee controlling Justice Department spending, says cities that protect undocumented immigrants from the reach of federal deportation efforts. “can lose all their money at noon on Jan. 20.” A Connecticut police officer calls the prospect “terrifying.”
Bucking a national trend of a sharp drop in the number of detainer requests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that have been denied by local law enforcement, the Boston ICE office saw 59 of its requests to hold on to arrested immigrants denied last year. That’s up from 56 in 2015 and just 18 in 2014.
The denial rate of ICE detainers nationally has plummeted, from 10,701 in 2014 and 8,546 in 2015 to 2,008 last year.
Republicans sued to keep Mayor Bill de Blasio from destroying documents submitted to prove the identity of applicants for city ID cards. City officials fear that the administration of President-elect Donald Trump would seek the data to find people in the U.S. illegally.
Donald Trump will find that his favorite campaign rallying cry faces complications that come from within. A New York Times investigation finds that almost 200 workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes over the past decade.
As analysts continue to read the tea leaves on Trump’s tough-talking but undefined plans on illegal immigration enforcement, the issues his administration faces are murky, beginning with what exactly a “criminal immigrant” is.
A few Canadian cities have adopted the “sanctuary city” label, but they don’t offer the same kind of protection from law enforcement that U.S. sanctuary cities do. Mexico made illegal immigration punishable only by a civil fine, in the hope was that migrants moving through Mexico would be less vulnerable to abuse and extortion.
The Department of Homeland Security already has prioritized deporting noncitizens who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security. From October 2014 through September 2015, of the 235,413 people who were deported, 59 percent had criminal convictions.
Founder Tim Foley runs his own citizens’ border patrol. He cites a war on the border even though the number of apprehensions has dropped from 1.2 million to 409,000 per year. Foley criticizes the U.S. Border Patrol’s “shift mentality.”
Phoenix sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is scheduled to leave office in three weeks, is sued by Donald Trump protester who charges that Arpaio detained her illegally for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
The president-elect had said he would reverse President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Now, Trump tells Time magazine, “We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud.”