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Temporary Spending Bill Approved

Congress approved a stopgap bill to fund the government for another week. This bill will reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center, Conrad 30 J Waiver, and Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker programs. Over the weekend, Congress will continue negotiating on a long-term spending bill, including President Trump’s request to fund his massive enforcement plan, including more detention beds and deportation agents.

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Overwhelming a Strained System

The number of pending cases in immigration courts looks poised to grow as the Trump administration begins removing undocumented immigrants who weren’t previously targeted. AILA board member Jeremy McKinney explained that the 2014 migrant wave at the southern border first put a strain on the interior immigration courts

L.A. Police See Drop in Latino Reports of Crime amid Deportation Fears

Reuters reports that Latinos in Los Angeles have lodged 41 fewer reports of rape—down 25 percent—and 118 fewer domestic violence complaints—a 10 percent drop—since January 2017, compared with the same period in 2016, Police Chief Charlie Beck said on Tuesday. Those declines, coinciding with President Trump’s vow to step up deportations of undocumented immigrants, were not seen in the crime reporting of other ethnic groups. The trend suggests a growing mistrust of the criminal justice system among Latinos as the Trump administration has pressed state and local law enforcement to assist U.S. immigration agents, the Los Angeles Police Department stated

Wall Street Journal: Immigrant Advocates Hail Ruling Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

The Wall Street Journal reports that immigrant advocacy groups hailed a federal judge in Hawaii’s ruling on Wednesday that blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban from taking effect. However, they noted that the continuing legal battle over the ban casts an air of uncertainty over the immigration system and has already disrupted refugee resettlement and long-planned trips to the United States.

Leaked DHS Intelligence Report: Citizenship Likely an Unreliable Indicator of Terrorist Threat to the United States

The Associated Press published a leaked draft of a DHS intelligence report that found that country of citizenship is “unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity,” and that few people from the seven Muslim-majority countries President Trump listed in his January 27, 2017, travel ban have been involved in terrorism-related activities in the United States since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. DHS did not dispute the report’s authenticity, but said that the report was “incomplete” and was not a final comprehensive review of the government’s intelligence. As reported in the Immigration Politics Ticker, President Trump is expected to sign a new travel ban on Wednesday—a day after his first address to a joint session of Congress.

New DHS memo on Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion

As with the other parts of the memo, it is wide open, vague and ambiguous. States officers can arrest and detain if ‘probable cause’, but there is no definition as to how it defines this term and under what conditions.

No more excluding any classes from prosecutorial discretion. Thus, it seems wide open to try to get as many foreign nationals as possible.

Be prepared to fight in Court.

More on new Memo by DHS on priorities to remove

The DHS memo seems to now want to greatly expand expedited removal of foreign nationals.

The memo goes on to State that local and State enforcement officers need to enforce U.S. Immigration Laws

There will certainly be a wide variety of lawsuits on this memo because it is vague, ambiguous and far too broad and puts persons who are not removable under the law into its net.

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