This fiscal year, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has sought the reactivation of nearly 8,000 deportation cases that had been administratively closed — meaning pushed off the court’s docket. The pace of such requests is nearly double that of the last two years of the Obama administration.
A state review of the treatment of immigrant teens held at a Virginia detention center confirmed that restraint techniques there can include strapping children to chairs and placing mesh bags over their heads. The state says the treatment isn’t abuse or neglect. A lawsuit says children as young as 14 were handcuffed, shackled and beaten.
Federal arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record have more than tripled under President Trump and may still be accelerating. A lawsuit blames a new ICE tactic of arresting without warrants people who are driving or walking down the street and by using large-scale “sweeps” of likely immigrants.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington, D.C., threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in contempt for allowing a mother and daughter seeking asylum to be deported ahead of a scheduled hearing with the court on Thursday.
The Trump administration contends that the drop means its hard-line policies are having an impact. Fewer than 4,000 unaccompanied children were arrested at the border in July, a decline of more than 1,000 compared with June.
The lawsuit argues against “expedited removal” policies instituted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that remove asylum protections for victims of domestic and gang violence. “This is a naked attempt by the Trump administration to eviscerate our country’s asylum protections,” said an ACLU official.
With a court hearing scheduled for Friday in San Diego, federal officials are trying to shift responsibility to the American Civil Liberties Union for reunifying families. The ACLU says it’s the government’s job.
President Trump’s order limiting federal funding to “sanctuary cities” was ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said federal funding could be withheld only with congressional authorization.
Many residents of Elkhart County, In., which backed Donald Trump for president, oppose plans for a federal detention center there for alleged illegal immigrants, The facility was proposed by the private prison firm CoreCivic Inc.