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.

How the new public charge rule will effect policy at USCIS
February 2, 2020

USCIS announced that it will begin applying the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on February 24, 2020. This post reviews updates to standards of self-sufficiency and definitions of public benefits that could negatively affect new applications.

Department of Homeland Security plans to share data with the Census Bureau
January 6, 2020

For the first time in its history, the Department of Homeland Security plans to compile and share citizenship data with the Census Bureau for the 2020 Census. This will comply with Executive Order 13880, which was issued by President Trump in June 2019.

A new Trump administration tactic for expediting fraudulent asylum claims
January 4, 2020

A new Trump administration tactic expedites the legal processing of asylum claims by illegal immigrants at the southwestern border. Migrants requesting asylum are quickly interviewed to determine the validity of their claims of credible fear of returning to their countries of origin.

The California Values Act and the CLETS network
December 21, 2019

The California Values Act prohibited state agencies from granting ICE access to databases storing information that would enable ICE to identify criminals in the United States illegally and therefore deportable. ICE ERO has now been cut off from a law enforcement network called CLETS.

Refugee resettlement non-profits and forced population transfers
December 8, 2019

Refugee resettlement non-profits have filed suit in federal court to block an Executive Order signed by President Trump in September. The Executive Order requires that state and local governments formally consent to the transfer of refugees to their communities.

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.

AB-32: California's "holy war" against contractor detention facilities
November 11, 2019

The GEO Group and U.S. Department of Justice have sued California over Assembly Bill 32, which would phase out contractor detention facilities. They argue that AB-32 violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which makes federal law the supreme law of the land.

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