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What is the U.S. coming to: 10-Year-Old Immigrant Is Detained After Agents Stop Her on Way to Surgery

The New York Times reports that a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy has been detained by federal immigration authorities in Texas after she passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint on her way to a hospital to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery. The girl, Rosamaria Hernandez, who was brought to the United States without documentation to live in Laredo, Texas, when she was three months old, was being transferred from a medical center in Laredo to a hospital in Corpus Christi around 2:00 am on Tuesday when Border Patrol agents stopped the ambulance she was riding in. The agents allowed her to continue to hospital but followed the ambulance the rest of the way there, then waited outside her room until she was released from the hospital.

New York Times: As DACA Negotiations Drag on, a Judge in Brooklyn Could Intervene

The New York Times reports that President Trump’s laundry list of immigration demands threw a wrench into the fraught negotiations over finding a legislative solution to provide permanent protection for Dreamers. But if the Washington deal-making drags on too long, it could be disrupted by a different force: a federal judge in Brooklyn. Having found himself in a position to guide DACA’s fate because two linked lawsuits have landed in his courtroom, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis has sternly warned policymakers that should they prove unable to repair the DACA program, he might have to step in.

McClatchy: Trump Aides Plot a Big Immigration Deal—That Breaks a Campaign Promise

McClatchy reports that a number of White House officials, including former and current White House Chiefs of Staff Reince Priebus and John Kelly, President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence, want the president to strike an ambitious deal with Congress that offers Dreamers protection in exchange for legislation that pays for the border wall, more detention facilities, legal immigration curbs, and the implementation of E-Verify.

Looks like very distinct possibility DACA will end.

On August 24, 2017, news outlets—including Axios and the Washington Post—reported that the Trump administration is considering ending the DACA program. Some information indicated that an announcement could be imminent. However, today, Elise Foley of The Huffington Post tweeted that a DHS spokesman said no decision would come today. AILA will continue to monitor the situation, and post updates as we receive them. AILA has issued statements calling for Trump to keep DACA in place and for Congress to pass the DREAM Act.

Bipartisan Dream Act Introduced in the House of Representatives

Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the House version of the Dream Act of 2017, which would provide young people who were brought to the United States as children the chance to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status if they meet certain requirements. The Dream Act of 2017 was introduced in the Senate by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on July 20, 2017.

Washington Post: Democratic State Attorneys General Urge Trump to Keep DACA, Say It Has Boosted Economy

The Washington Post reports that New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Friday joined 19 other Democratic attorneys general in urging President Donald Trump to keep the under-threat DACA program. In a letter to the president, the attorneys general said the 800,000 recipients of the DACA program have been a boon to universities and employers. “They are our neighbors, co-workers, students and community and church leaders,” the letter stated. “And they are boosting the economies and communities of our states every day.”

Trump Issues Executive Order Freezing Most Federal Hiring

President Trump signed three presidential directives today, one of which places a hiring freeze on non-military federal workers. At this time, it is unclear how the announced hiring freeze will affect the hiring of immigration judges. Trump did not take any action today regarding NAFTA or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

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