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residential Memo Seeks to Deny Asylum Seekers Fundamental Human Rights

The White House released a presidential memo directing DHS and DOJ to issue regulations that would dramatically alter how asylum seekers obtain protection in the United States and dilute their rights during that process.

Trump Officials Discussed Deporting Families

The Associated Press reports that DHS officials considered arresting thousands of migrant families who had final deportation orders and removing them from the United States in a flashy show of force. The proposal was intended to deter other migrants but was put aside at the time because of concerns about diverting resources from the border, a lack of detention space, and the possibility of renewed public outrage over treatment of families.

White House Issues Memo on Combating High Nonimmigrant Visa Overstay Rates

the White House issued a presidential memorandum on combating high nonimmigrant visa overstay rates. Among other things, the president ordered that within 120 days of the memo’s date, the secretary of state, in consultation with the attorney general and secretary of homeland security, shall make recommendations to reduce the B‑1 and B‑2 nonimmigrant visa overstay rates of certain countries.

Judge Tells Trump to Stop Sending Central American Asylum Seekers Back to Mexico

Vox reports on the order issued yesterday by a federal judge in California enjoining the Trump administration from continuing to implement or expand the Migrant Protection Protocols, commonly known as the Remain in Mexico policy. Since late January, the policy has resulted in more than 600 asylum seekers being sent back to Mexico.

Trump Officials Are Seeking to Double the Time Asylum Seekers Must Wait to Legally Work

Buzzfeed News reports that USCIS officials plan to propose a regulation that would double the time individuals who apply for asylum must wait before qualifying for a work permit, from 180 to 365 days. The proposal, which is not yet finalized, would apply to both affirmative asylum seekers who apply while already in the United States and to those who apply for asylum after crossing the border and being referred to immigration court.

Trump’s New Attorney General Launches Fresh Changes to Immigration Courts

The San Francisco Chronicle reports DOJ plans to issue rule changes that would make it easier for a handful of appellate immigration judges to declare their rulings binding on the entire immigration system. The changes could also expand the use of single-judge, cursory decisions at the appellate level.

Trump Plan Fails to Cut Immigration Court Backlog, as Caseload Soars More than 26 Percent

The Los Angeles Times reports that the administration’s controversial plan to shrink the ballooning backlog of immigration cases by pushing judges to hear more cases has failed

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