Federal Policies and Programs

Articles in this category discuss federal policies concerning immigration, such as DACA, the U.S. Census, deportation procedures, and immigration eligibility, as well as federal programs designed to strengthen homeland security.

Arizona's Pima County would partially divert Homeland Security Grants to migrants
November 30, 2019

Arizona's Pima County would partially divert Homeland Security Grants to offset expenses incurred on a Tucson shelter for migrants. An application was filed in May with the Trump administration and no response has been received, to date.

Opponents of private detention centers want amnesty for illegal immigrants
November 11, 2019

Opponents of private immigration detention centers operated on behalf of ICE are ultimately striving to achieve amnesty for illegal immigrants. This is demonstrated by the situation in California, where legislation will likely cause a reduction in total ICE detention capacity.

Limits to the authoritativeness of a single Supreme Court decision, as described by Abraham Lincoln
November 9, 2019

In his June 26, 1857 Speech at Springfield, Abraham Lincoln set out to justify the refusal of Northern opponents of slavery to accept the authoritativeness of the Supreme Court ruling on the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford.

Senatorial Nightmares: The Letter of Edward J. Markey and Colleagues
November 2, 2019

Senator Edward J. Markey and ten colleagues, all from the Democratic Party, have sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, protesting a proposal that DNA samples be collected from detained aliens.

Public Charges, the Statue of Liberty and the Welfare State
August 14, 2019

This was written in response to accusations that the updating and strengthening of standards preventing the immigration of individuals likely to become "public charges" is somehow un-American. Immigration law dating from 1882 is brought as refutation

Oregon, the first sanctuary state, will receive grants which the Trump administration tried to block
August 12, 2019

Oregon, the first sanctuary state, will receive federal criminal justice funding which the Trump administration tried to block, in an attempt to compel sanctuary jurisdictions to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement agencies.

Side-benefits anticipated from Trump's "Expedited Removal" executive order
July 27, 2019

Effective July 2019, the Department of Homeland Security will apply expedited removal procedures of aliens in the United States illegally to the full limit of by the powers set forth in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

Mexico has reduced illegal immigration to the U.S. by 36%
July 23, 2019

The Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary says that Mexico has reduced illegal immigration to the U.S. by 36%. By implementing this policy, Mexico has avoided having to accept “safe third country” status for illegal migrants from Central America.

Why the Trump administration abandoned its case on the 2020 Census
July 3, 2019

Why the Trump administration has abandoned its Supreme Court case to add to the 2020 Census a question on citizenship, despite the tremendous disappointment in this decision felt by Trump supporters.

DACA is likely to be a hot topic during the 2020 election contests
June 29, 2019

A Supreme Court decision to hear Trump administration appeals of lower court rulings on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will likely result in a ruling on this highly controversial topic right in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign.