2 FEDERAL COURTS ISSUE DECISIONS TO BLOCK USE OF PENTAGON FUNDS FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BORDER WALL

BLOCK PENTAGON FUNDS FOR BORDER WALL

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. While President Trump has announced many anti-immigration policies as President, probably his most well-known anti-immigration policy is to construct a wall at the United States southern border.  Yet, despite President Trump’s frequent calls for a border wall, various Federal courts have opposed certain actions by the Trump administration designed to help build the border wall. As further evidence of the statement in the preceding sentence, 2 Federal courts have recently issued decisions to block the use of Pentagon funds for President Trump’s border wall. On December 10, in the case

NINTH CIRCUIT SUPPORTS LIFTING INJUNCTIONS AGAINST TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S “PUBLIC CHARGE” RULE

NINTH OPPOSE INJUNCTIONS PUBLIC CHARGE

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. In many cases, the only obstacle to the various efforts by the Trump administration to enforce anti-immigration policies has been the Federal judiciary.  However, Federal courts certainly have not ruled in favor of immigrant rights in each case. As an example of a recent Federal court decision in favor of the Trump administration’s anti-immigration policies, the Ninth Circuit supports lifting injunctions against the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule. Announced in August and due to take effect on October 15, the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule would amend U.S. Department of

ACCORDING TO NEW INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT, UNITED STATES LACKED TECHNOLOGY TO TRACK SEPARATED FAMILIES UNDER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S “ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY”

LACKED TECHNOLOGY ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. It is often said that the United States immigration system is broken.  Unfortunately, there are many different examples, from different perspectives and in different contexts, that can support this statement.  As one example of this statement, according to a new inspector general report, the United States lacked the technology to track separated families under the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance Policy”. In year 2018, the Trump administration, through the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), adopted its “Zero Tolerance Policy” – the prosecution of all adults illegally entering the United States.  Because

HUMANITARIAN AID VOLUNTEER SCOTT WARREN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF HARBORING UNAUTHORIZED MIGRANTS IN ARIZONA

SCOTT WARREN HARBORING UNAUTHORIZED MIGRANTS

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. One may think that helping those in need is doing a good deed.  However, apparently in the eyes of the Trump administration, when those in need are unauthorized migrants, helping them can constitute a Federal crime.  Notwithstanding this apparent perspective of the Trump administration, on November 20, humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren was found not guilty of harboring unauthorized migrants in Arizona. Warren, a volunteer for the humanitarian aid group, “No More Deaths”, was arrested on January 17, 2018 by Border Patrol agents.  The Border Patrol agents had been surveilling

NEW INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT RAISES CONCERNS WITH INTERNAL OPERATIONS AT DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

DHS INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. The Trump administration is often criticized for its anti-immigration policies.  Apparently another immigration issue about which the Trump administration can be questioned is how the government agencies that enforce immigration policy internally operate.  Specifically, a new inspector general report raises concerns with the internal operations at the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”). The inspector general report, titled, “Major Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security”, was issued on November 13.  The report states, “Based on our recent and prior audits, inspections, special reviews, and investigations, we consider

OREGON FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUES NATIONWIDE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST TRUMP ADMINISTRATION POLICY DENYING VISAS TO IMMIGRANTS WHO CANNOT SHOW PROOF OF HEALTH INSURANCE

OREGON PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION HEALTH INSURANCE

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. Among the 3 branches of the Federal government during the Trump administration, immigration policy generally has been characterized by inaction by the legislative branch, anti-immigration policies by the executive branch, and opposition to the executive branch by the judicial branch.  As another example of the opposition to the Trump administration’s anti-immigration policies by the Federal judiciary, an Oregon Federal judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Trump administration policy denying visas to immigrants who cannot show proof of health insurance. On October 4, President Trump issued, “Presidential Proclamation

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION STARTS SENDING CERTAIN ASYLUM SEEKERS TO GUATEMALA

TRUMP SENDING ASYLUM SEEKERS TO GUATEMALA

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. It often seems that there is no limit to the policies that the Trump administration will propose to limit immigration to the United States.  Not only does the Trump administration implement its anti-immigration policies in the United States, but it also works with other countries to restrict immigration to the United States.  As an example of the Trump administration using other countries to help implement its anti-immigration policies, pursuant to an “Asylum Cooperative Agreement” signed by the United States and Guatemala, on November 19, the Trump administration started sending certain asylum

NEW STUDY RANKS CHICAGO, ILLINOIS AS NUMBER ONE CITY FOR IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES

CHICAGO NUMBER ONE CITY

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. While the Trump administration has consistently adopted anti-immigration policies, the various states and cities in the United States vary greatly in their views and attitudes toward immigrants.  As a result, it is an important decision for immigrants in determining where to live in the United States and trying to reside in a favorable location for immigrants. To help immigrants in making this decision, a new study has ranked Chicago, Illinois as the number one city for immigrants in the United States. The study, released on November 13, was prepared by

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES INCREASES IN CERTAIN IMMIGRATION FILING FEES

TRUMP INCREASES IMMIGRATION FEES

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. While there is no doubt that President Trump generally supports policies that restrict immigrant rights, how the Trump administration achieves this objective can vary.  In some cases, the Trump administration acts directly, announcing a new policy that expressly restricts immigrant rights. In other cases, the Trump administration acts more indirectly, setting forth a new policy that makes it harder for immigrants to attain their immigrant rights.  As an example of an indirect limitation on immigrant rights, the Trump administration has proposed increases in certain immigration filing fees. As announced on

FEDERAL JUDGE IN OREGON TEMPORARILY BLOCKS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FROM PREVENTING IMMIGRANTS WHO CANNOT AFFORD HEALTH CARE FROM OBTAINING VISAS

84. FEDERAL JUDGE OREGON HEALTH INSURANCE

Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. It has been a generally consistent pattern in U.S. immigration policy during the Trump administration – the Trump administration issues an anti-immigration policy, litigation is filed to challenge the policy, and a Federal court issues an injunction to stop the policy from being implemented.  As another example of this occurrence of “government by injunction”, a Federal judge in Oregon has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from preventing immigrants who cannot afford health care from obtaining visas.    On October 4, President Trump issued, “Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of