Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Is Passed by the House Judiciary Committee
The bill would give state and local jurisdictions nearly unchecked authority to enforce federal immigration laws. 

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Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Travel Ban
An overwhelming majority of the court—ten of the 13 judges that heard the case—agreed that a “reasonable observer” likely would conclude that the primary purpose of the travel ban was to exclude Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s ban on the government giving preference to one religion over another.

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Government Regularly Denies Access to Counsel, Groups Seek New Rules
Attorneys are routinely prevented from accompanying their clients to interviews at U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas. Yet the importance of securing access to counsel cannot be overstated, particularly given the harsh new immigration policies coming out of the current administration.

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President Trump Unveils Harsh Immigration Budget Proposals
The budget aims to fund the beginnings of a border wall, as well as increase immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. If approved, these requests would unnecessarily expand the already record levels of immigration enforcement.

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Justice Department Changes Tune on Sanctuary Cities, Acknowledging Administration’s Bark Is Worse Than Its Bite
Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum narrowing the definition of sanctuary cities and acknowledging that any defunding would be limited to a small pool of grants made available by the government, rather than federal funding writ-large
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Haitian Nationals Will Receive Temporary Protected Status for 6 More Months – But Then What?
While improvements have certainly been made since the 2010 earthquake, the conditions in Haiti remain dire. Secretary Kelly ought to heed the warning of both the Haiti government and experts from the region, who understand that a longer extension of TPS is a necessity.

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