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Exporting Murder: US Deportations and the Spread of Violence

Gangs like MS-13 are increasingly portrayed as threats to U.S. national security. But they are also the product of U.S. policies that deport criminal offenders back to Central America, where they have fueled the violence that has sent many refugees fleeing north, say two researchers.

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Legal Battle Looms Over Long-Term Detention of Migrant Kids

The president’s new order, following his Wednesday decision to end the practice of separating children from parents at detention centers, instructs Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask for court approval to “detain alien families together.” Immigrant advocates say that is not a good solution to the problem.

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immigration

How Safe are ‘Sanctuary Cities’?

For Amada Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who has taken refuge in a New York church with her family, it’s a question of life or death. Identified in an ICE database after a driving offense, she is subject to deportation and a return to a homeland where she believes her children’s lives would be in danger.

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Does Racial Bias Criminalize Immigrants?

A forthcoming paper from NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic claims modern US immigration policy is a legacy of the “racial animus” that has affected our immigration and criminal justice systems since the nation’s founding.

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Trump Border Wall Would Cost Nearly $18 Billion

The White House proposal, presented by the Department of Homeland Security to a group of senators, provides the most detail so far of Trump’s plans to build a “big, beautiful wall.” Part of a $33 bilion plan for border security, including technology, personnel, and roads, it would cover nearly half of the southwest border.

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You’re Safer in a ‘Sanctuary City,’ says New Study

A California study rebuts arguments that urban counties which limit or refuse  cooperation with immigration authorities in reporting undocumented immigrants are breeding grounds for crime. In particular, white residents of sanctuary cities are 62 percent less likely to die from gun violence than their counterparts elsewhere, the study found.

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Prosecutors: Immigration Raids on Courthouses ‘Jeopardize’ Community Safety

Brooklyn, NY DA Eric Gonzalez, Seattle prosecutor Dan Satterberg and former Nassau County (NY) prosecutor Meg Reiss condemn recent ICE courthouse arrests, charging they “infringe the ability of local officials to protect the rights of  victims, witnesses and defendants” and threaten our democracy.