U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton in Phoenix said while President Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio “undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, ‘revise the historical facts’ of this case.”
The driver of a tractor trailer that transported scores of undocumented immigrants to a San Antonio Walmart in July — leading to 10 deaths — pleaded guilty two charges. Appearing before a federal judge, James Matthew Bradley, 61, admitted his role in the lethal smuggling operation, the deadliest of its kind in more than a decade.
U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang says the Trump administration had “not shown that national security cannot be maintained without an unprecedented eight-country travel ban.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions tells senators, “The order is lawful, necessary and we are proud to defend it.”
The career of a Pennsylvania congressman illustrates the racist undercurrents of our immigration debate, writes the author of a recent book on Rep. Lou Barletta. But he adds that Barletta, who rose to prominence by exploiting a murder case allegedly involving undocumented immigrants, also demonstrates how anti-immigrant resentment has undermined the principles of U.S. justice.
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii, who blocked Trump’s second travel ban in March, granted a temporary restraining order against the third one on Tuesday. Watson said Trump’s proclamation last month restricting travel to the U.S. by citizens of six countries still appeared to run afoul of federal immigration law.
The latest iteration dropped one majority-Muslim country, Sudan, added another largely-Muslim nation, Chad, and included Venezuela and North Korea. What the administration describes as “tailored” travel limits in the new policy are set to take effect early Wednesday.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the U.S. asylum system “broken” because of what he said was fraud committed by immigrants who cross the border illegally and avoid deportation by claiming persecution at home. He called on Congress to overhaul the asylum process.
The Justice Department says New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Cook County, Il., may be violating a federal law that says local governments cannot limit information sharing with U.S. immigration officials. It is giving those jurisdictions until October 27 to provide evidence demonstrating compliance.
A case from Maryland was declared moot, but at least four lawsuits have been filed or are being retooled to challenge the new Trump proclamation that imposed a varied set of travel restrictions on nationals of eight countries, including five of those on the original list.
The list of White House demands to Congress would be a major tightening of immigration laws. White House aides described the proposals as necessary to protect public safety and jobs for American-born workers, which was a centerpiece of Trump’s campaign.