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
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
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.
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.
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.
No longer are certain foreign nationals exempted from enforcement.
The memo seems to now prioritize removability actions against those persons with crimes and fraud
The new priorities (which may be able to be fought in Court) are 1. those convicted of ANY criminal offense, 2. charged but not convicted, 3. committed acts which constitute a criminal offense, but no arrest or conviction, 4. committed fraud against the government, 5) abused any program to receive public benefits, 6) subject to final order of removal or 7) are deemed by an immigration officer to be a risk to public safety
Essentially – it leaves WIDE OPEN interpretation and attempts to remove foreign nationals who do not have removable offenses under the law.