Category Archives: Immigration Issues

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Pro-Trump Protesters Shout Down Democrat’s Speech at Whittier College

Protesters at Whittier College interrupted a question-and-answer session on October 5 with California’s Democratic attorney general, Xavier Becerra, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. The protesters, joined by the conservative columnist Arthur Schaper, shouted, “Respect our president,” “Americans first,” and “You must respect our president.”

The hecklers were protesting California’s lawsuit against the Trump administration for rescinding the Deferred Action …

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DACA Student Says She Was Harassed by Classmate Over Immigration Status

Updated (9/13/2017, 4:40 p.m.) with the news that the accused student is no longer enrolled.

A student at Transylvania University, in Kentucky, has accused the university of failing to act after what she alleges was a stream of online harassment brought on by a classmate posting about her immigration status.

In a video on the website of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Paola Garcia says a classmate posted identifying information about her on a “racial hatred page” that said, “Everyone go repor…

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U. of California Sues Trump Administration Over DACA Decision

Updated (9/8/2017, 6:11 p.m.) with more information about the lawsuit, including comments by Janet Napolitano at a news conference.

The University of California has accused the Trump administration in a lawsuit of violating the university system’s rights, and the rights of its students, by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the university said on Friday in a news release.

The Obama-era program, known as DACA, allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the Unit…

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Boston-Area Professors Are Arrested in Protest of Trump’s Move Against DACA

Some two dozen professors from Harvard and other universities in the Boston area were arrested on Thursday after they blocked traffic in Cambridge, Mass., to protest the Trump administration’s decision to rescind an Obama-era program that has protected thousands of young people from deportation because of their immigration status, The Harvard Crimson reported. Many of them are college students.

The program, known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, allowed people who had been brought to th…

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Arizona Court Says ‘Dreamers’ Are Ineligible for In-State Tuition

The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a 2015 ruling that allowed undocumented students who had been brought to the United States illegally as children to qualify for in-state college tuition, The Arizona Republic reports.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is known as DACA and was started in 2012 under President Barack Obama, children who entered the country illegally can receive two-year reprieves from deportation. Judge Kenton Jones wrote that such st…

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Trump Won’t Take Action Against ‘Dreamers’ Protected Under DACA Program

The Trump administration will not take action against “Dreamers,” who are enrolled in an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The administration’s announcement late Thursday followed months of uncertainty about the fate of the program, which is known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. As a candidate, President Trump had promised to end the program. Many Dreamers are college students.

In addition, the Department of Homeland Secu…

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Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

President Trump’s travel ban took another hit on Thursday as a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., refused to reinstate the revised ban, which had sought to limit travel from a group of predominantly Muslim countries.

In its 10-to-3 decision, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said Mr. Trump’s executive order establishing the travel ban, now in its second form, discriminated on the basis of religion. This version of the ban was first rejected in March, when a District Cour…

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Students Stop U.S. Immigration Officer From Speaking at Northwestern U.

Students at Northwestern University disrupted a sociology class on Tuesday to protest the visit of an officer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Daily Northwestern reports that members of student groups gathered outside the campus building where the ICE representative was beginning a guest presentation. The sociology course focuses on “inequality in American society with an emphasis on race, class, and gender,” its syllabus says.

According to the student newspaper, the protesters…

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Texas Governor Signs Immigration Bill Into Law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed a bill into law on Sunday that allows local police officers to ask about someone’s immigration status during routine stops, NPR reports. The legislation also applies to police officers on colleges campuses.

Campus police officers in Texas can question someone’s immigration status even if a detention doesn’t result in an arrest. Colleges that try to ban officers from checking someone’s immigration status could be fined up to $25,500 a day.

The bill’s s…

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Second Effort at Travel Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the White House’s second effort to impose a travel ban that colleges have said would damage their appeal to international students and scholars but that President Trump has defended as necessary to protect the nation from terrorism.

In a 43-page ruling, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the U.S. District Court in Honolulu granted a request to issue a temporary restraining order, effective nationally, to prevent the new travel-ban policy from being carried out.

The …