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CNN: Supreme Court Blocks 2020 Census Citizenship Question in Setback for Trump Administration

CNN reports that the Supreme Court has blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for the time being. Writing for a 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts concluded that there was sufficient reason for concern about why the Commerce Department wanted to add the question. President Trump tweeted that he has asked lawyers whether it’s possible to delay the census.

Trump Administration Ending In-Person Interpreters at Immigrants’ First Hearings

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the administration is preparing to replace in-court interpreters at initial immigration court hearings with videos informing asylum seekers and other immigrants facing deportation of their rights. Advocates have raised concerns that the move could jeopardize immigrants’ due-process rights, add confusion, and potentially make the system less efficient by causing more individuals to go underground or appeal cases.

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.

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