While there are many unknowns about these new procedures, in short, the office will start scheduling cases “backwards.” This means that the last person to apply for affirmative asylum will be the first person to receive an interview. This is a vast shift from their previous “first-come first-serve” policy.Read More
On Sunday, September 24, Trump released the third version of his travel ban. This came less than a month before the Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments on the prior version of the travel ban. This latest version kept similar language and restrictions as his prior one, but removed Sudan from the list and added three additional countries to the list of restricted countries: Venezuela, Chad, and North Korea. Read more about the prior version here.Read More
While it’s true that the refugee/asylum program helps a number of individuals fleeing persecution, those same individuals in turn help the United States. Refugees and asylum seekers add skills, expertise, experience, labor, and culture to the United States. They bring stories of pain and persecution, but also stories of resilience, strength, and power. There is a special kind of wisdom that comes from these stories of survival, one that I have never seen duplicated or matched by any other life experience.Read More
With federal immigration policy undergoing increasing levels of instability, the city of Chicago has taken a pro-immigration stance by launching a new initiative, the One Chicago Campaign. One Chicago is a comprehensive campaign that aims to protect immigrants and the policies supported by sanctuary cities by emphasizing that any person in Chicago’s city limits is welcomed and protected, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, background, religion, or sexual orientation.Read More
In an abnormally heated opinion issued by Chief Judge Gregory of the 4th circuit, Judge Gregory stated that the travel ban “dripped with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” Although he acknowledged that the president holds broad power in issues of national security and immigration, he stressed that these powers were not absolute. Like the lower court before him, Judge Gregory focused on words President Trump used during his campaign, signaling that the ban was not a response to security threats, but rather a political play to please his voter base.Read More
The Trump administration has argued that sanctuary cities pose a threat to national security and public safety. Those in opposition to the order have argued that sanctuary cities are actually safer than non-sanctuary jurisdictions, and immigrants are statistically no more likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens. In fact, many argue that requiring local law enforcement to carry out federal policies would limit the trust between law enforcement and the immigrant communities they serve, by discouraging immigrants from reporting local crime for fear of their own deportation.