This Week in U.S. Immigration News: May 5, 2017
Each week we collect stories related to U.S. immigration, and we provide a brief summary of each story in our weekly blog edition. Below you will find snapshots of stories that range from Trump’s administration to changes in U.S. immigration laws. We then give you fresh links at the bottom that relate to each story within our summary. Let’s dive in!
Stories from the Border
America bore witness to the decline in the number of people illegally crossing the infamous border separating the U.S. from Mexico. Experts claimed that the Trump administration’s firm immigration message contributed to this sudden drop in apprehensions. Many agree that the immigration climate in the U.S. has certainly shifted, and some have responded by protesting in cities all across the United States. On Monday, May 1, 2017, crowds formed in major cities such as: Seattle, Chicago, and Las Vegas, amongst others. These protests were in direct opposition to President Trump’s immigration policies.
Trump’s idea to block government funding for sanctuary cities was met with opposition by a judge in San Francisco, and analysis from the National Immigrant Justice Center highlighted the unconstitutional nature of Trump’s idea. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts opposed the Trump administration with regards to small violations in citizenship applications. He highlighted that it could be a potentially slippery slope for the government to take away an individual’s U.S. citizenship for a minor lie. Additionally, an immigration lawyer indicated that giving college campuses sanctuary statuses may actually hurt immigrants by making them easy targets.
On a different note, the congressional funding bill that had the potential to support President Trump’s immigration initiatives fell short seeing as it did not include the funding needed to back up the President’s immigration efforts fully. Moreover, past research published by the Pew Research Center found that the United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. The Center recently provided statistics and information regarding U.S. immigration.
The Trump administration opened VOICE, Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement, a new office that seeks to aid victims of illegal immigrants, and critics indicated that such an office may portray the wrong immigration message. They referenced research showing that immigrants have less of a likelihood to commit crimes than individuals born in the United States.
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