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Federal judge: Trump administration must accept new DACA applications

Apr 25, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Image courtesy of the Washington Post. By Maria Sacchetti April 24 at 11:59 PM “A D.C. federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the Obama-era program and — for the first time since announcing it would end — reopen it to new applicants. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Tuesday called the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ‘virtually unexplained’ and therefore ‘unlawful.’

Ice Used Private Facebook Data To Find And Track Criminal Suspect, Internal Emails Show

Apr 10, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Photo: Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/AP Lee Fang March 26 2018, 12:39 p.m. “CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA MAY have had access to the personal information of tens of millions of unwitting Americans, but a genuine debate has emerged about whether the company had the sophistication to put that data effectively to use on behalf of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But one other organization that has ready access to Facebook’s trove of personal data has a much better track record of using such information effectively: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

US to require would-be immigrants to turn over social media handles

Apr 5, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Image Source: CNN By Tal Kopan, CNN Updated 1:31 PM ET, Thu March 29, 2018 Washington (CNN) ” The Trump administration plans to require immigrants applying to come to the United States to submit five years of social media history, it announced Thursday, setting up a potential scouring of their Twitter and Facebook histories. The move follows the administration’s emphasis on ‘extreme vetting’ of would-be immigrants to the US, and is an extension of efforts by the previous administration to more closely scrutinize social media after the San Bernardino terrorist

The Justice Department Is Suing California Over Its Sanctuary Laws

Mar 7, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
The Justice Department Is Suing California Over Its Sanctuary Laws Attorney General Jeff Sessions will travel to California on Wednesday to make his case that the state’s laws limiting cooperation by law enforcement and employers with federal immigration agents run afoul of federal law.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions Joshua Roberts / Reuters March 6, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Story by reporters: Zoe Tillman Dominic Holden “’I don’t want to be the position of having to challenge these laws,’ Sessions told the law enforcement group Wednesday morning. ‘I can’t

Supreme Court extends relief for ‘Dreamers,’ refuses to rule now on Trump immigration plan

Feb 28, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
The Trump administration plea was for a quick ruling on the president’s power to end special protections for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. Image courtesy of the LA Times. By DAVID G. SAVAGE FEB 26, 2018 | 3:20 PM “The Supreme Court handed President Trump a significant defeat Monday, turning down the administration’s plea for a quick ruling that would have upheld the president’s power to end special protections for so-called Dreamers. The court’s decision keeps in place a legal shield for nearly 700,000

Garaufis Doubles Down on Nationwide DACA Injunction

Feb 14, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Photo Credit: Judge Nicholas Garaufis, courtesy of KEVIN C. DOWNS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS By Colby Hamilton | February 13, 2018 at 04:54 PM “The Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was met with another judicial blow Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York issued his own nationwide stay to the attempt last September to wind down the program aimed at protecting immigrants that arrived as youth. The decision adds a second layer of judicial impediment to efforts by the

Immigration, MS-13 and crime: the facts behind Donald Trump’s exaggerations

Feb 8, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Caption: President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) By Miriam Valverde on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 10:39 a.m. “Trump has previously claimed that ‘loopholes’ prevent the deportation of unaccompanied minors. That’s Mostly False. The ‘loopholes’ he has referred to are matters explicitly called for in the law. Unaccompanied minors from contiguous countries (Mexico and Canada) can be quickly returned

Berkeley student pays bond for other immigrant detainees

Feb 5, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
  Caption: Franklin, originally from Honduras, was one of three immigrants at Otay Mesa Detention Center who were freed after Luis Mora paid their bond. From left to right: Franklin’s step father, staff attorney Patricia Ojeda, Franklin, and staff attorney Monika Langarica. (Immigration Justice Project) By Kate Morrissey February 1, 2018, 4:20PM “Three immigrants held at Otay Mesa Detention Center who couldn’t afford the bond amount given to them by a judge are now out of detention thanks to a Berkeley student who was arrested by Border Patrol in late 2017. Luis

Trump’s Speech Leaves Two Sides Further Apart Than Ever on Immigration

Feb 2, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Caption: In Los Angeles on Tuesday, recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program turned their backs on President Trump’s State of the Union address. CreditMark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and PETER BAKER JAN. 31, 2018 “WASHINGTON — For years, immigration advocates have defined hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the country illegally as children by the sympathetic term ‘Dreamers.’ Long irritated by the rhetorical branding, President Trump finally came up with his own rejoinder:

AP sources: US won’t give more Syrians protected status

Jan 31, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
A supporter amongst a coalition of community leaders and immigrant advocates demonstrate outside U.S. immigration offices, calling on federal authorities to designate Ecuador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for its nationals in the aftermath of last April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Wednesday June 1, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) By MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — “The Trump administration is expected to let nearly 7,000 Syrians remain in the United States for another 18 months but won’t let more Syrian citizens apply for the special

Law enforcement objects to Trump administration order to target immigrants

Jan 30, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle Caption: “San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon joined other California prosecutors and police officials in condemning the Trump administration’s latest attempt to pressure local and state governments to aid in immigration enforcement.” By Bob Egelko January 30, 2018 Updated: January 30, 2018 3:19pm “The Trump administration’s latest attempt to pressure local and state governments to aid in immigration enforcement is under attack from police officials and prosecutors, including district attorneys

Breaking: Fed. Judge Orders Immediate Release of Immigrant Rights Leader Ravi Ragbir from Detention

Jan 29, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Image courtesy of Democracy Now. Web Exclusive JANUARY 29, 2018 By Democracy Now! Independent Global News “In a major victory, a federal judge has ordered the immediate release of immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir from detention in New York, calling it ‘unnecessarily cruel.’ Ragbir is the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. He’s been held since he was detained last month following a check-in with ICE. In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest wrote, ‘There is, and ought to be in this country, the freedom to say goodbye.

ICE raid false alarms throw SF Mission community into panic

Jan 29, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Rear of John O’Connell High Photo by Kathleen Narruhn By Julian Mark Posted January 24, 2018 9:12 pm “Community members went into a panic on Wednesday after rumors spread that agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, were raiding various locations in the Mission and Bayview. John O’Connell High School locked its doors and posted security outside, according to a source. But the rumors turned out to be false alarms. Members of the San Francisco Rapid Response Network, a coalition of advocacy organizations, visited the sites and verified that

ALERT: Court Orders the Department of Homeland Security to Allow Individuals with DACA to Apply to Renew It

Jan 11, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
The following was compiled by the National Immigration Law Center. To read the complete publication regarding the court order, click here. When will DACA renewal applications be accepted? Judge Alsup ordered the government to “post reasonable public notice that it will resume receiving DACA renewal applications” and to set out a process for receiving renewal applications. We strongly recommend that you wait to submit your application until USCIS announces the process. If you apply before the process is announced, you risk having your application rejected once USCIS announces

Judge blocks Trump wind-down of Dreamers program

Jan 10, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Judge blocks Trump wind-down of Dreamers program Injunction says feds must keep renewing permits for DACA recipients. San Francisco-based U.S. District Court judge William Alsup ordered the Donald Trump administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images By JOSH GERSTEIN 01/09/2018 10:56 PM EST Updated 01/10/2018 12:30 AM EST “A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s effort to shut-down the Obama-era program that provides quasi-legal status and work permits to

Trump administration ending protections for more than 200,000 Salvadorans in U.S., but giving time for a transition

Jan 9, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
  Salvadoran immigrant Cecilia Ramos lives in Los Angeles on protected status. Ramos will have until Sept. 9, 2019, to arrange a return or apply for alternative legal means of staying in the U.S. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times) By JOSEPH TANFANI JAN 08, 2018 | 5:20 AM “For years, El Salvador has been racked by brutal gang violence, including from the MS-13 gang that has gained a significant presence in the U.S. But Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security secretary, decided that under the law she could only consider the original conditions that led to the granting of temporary