A federal judge has ruled for Philadelphia in its contentious “sanctuary city” case against the Trump administration, saying the city’s refusal to help enforce immigration laws is based on policies that are reasonable, rational and equitable. The case involved a major principle but a small amount of money: $1.5 million in federal anticrime grants.
A vote by Sacramento County supervisors this week to end a contract allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to rent local jail beds is being celebrated by immigration activists as a major win and a model for national action. Sheriff Scott Jones wanted to maintain the contract, which brings the county $4 million a year.
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) requests information from the Department of Homeland Security about why families are being separated at the border. President Trump blames Democrats for a policy of his own administration.
“Undocumented immigrants and even lawful immigrants are afraid to report crime,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. “They’re seeing the headlines from across the country, where immigration agents are showing up at courthouses, trying to deport people.”
MS-13 has committed heinous acts of violence, but the Trump administration’s attempt to make the gang a symbol of the supposed threat posed by immigration dehumanizes all immigrants and could make them more vulnerable to exploitation, writes an anti-violence researcher.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, touring the US-Mexico border in Arizona, dismissed reports about nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors the government can’t find. Defending the border crackdown , she charged critics want a “two-tier” legal system, and “think illegal aliens should get different, perhaps better, treatment than U.S. citizens because they happen to be illegal aliens.”
Thousands of Twitter users raised the question #WhereAreTheChildren? The viral hashtag sprang up in response to a now widely shared New York Times investigation that found the federal government had been unable to make contact with 1,475 unaccompanied minors awaiting deportation hearings.
The nation’s immigration machinery has been thrown into confusion since 2017, when the government issued new rules intended to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Youths under age 21 are paying a stiff price.
President Trump repeatedly has promised to stop giving federal money to areas that refuse to cooperate with U.S. agencies trying to enforce immigration law. Kirstjen Nielsen, his homeland security secretary, has awarded nearly $1.7 billion in grants, some related to immigration, to states and localities including so-called sanctuary cities.