American Immigration Weekly Recap – April 10th to 14th

4000 Somali Immigrants Being Sent Back from the US

According to the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, U.S. immigration agents have targeted around 4000 Somali immigrants for deportation from the U.S. Most of these immigrants are not currently held in detention. Many who have now been targeted are those who have applied for asylum and whose requests for asylum have been rejected.

Half of Federal Arrests Immigration-related

Federal immigration authorities are now making more arrests related to immigration that includes smuggling and illegal border crossing. Read more.

Immigration Cooperation Reports Halted by Trump Administration

The Trump administration has announced that it will temporarily stop the publication of weekly reports with the list of cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with the federal law enforcement authorities. These are the counties and cities that refuse to hold undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation. Since the accuracy of data was questioned by many jurisdictions, the issuance of weekly reports has been temporarily halted.

Catch and Release Policy Over, Sessions Says

A new memo from the U.S. Justice Department has put an end to the Obama administration’s “catch and release” policy. The memo has also set new priorities for immigration enforcement. Read more.

Most Americans Want Immigration System Based on Merit

A new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows that a majority of Americans are in favor of an immigration system based on skills and merit and not one that is based on family ties. Read more.

US Sued by Civil Liberties Groups

Civil liberties groups said that they intend to file lawsuits against the U.S. government, seeking details on how the law enforcement authorities are enforcing the travel ban on people from the seven Muslim majority countries on which President Donald Trump issued a travel ban.

Tennessee Immigration Bill Voted Down by House Panel

Undocumented public school students in Tennessee, who were brought to the U.S illegally by their parents, will no longer be able to pay in-state tuition fees. The bill to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students was rejected by a House panel in Tennessee. Out of state tuition fees will cost the students around three times the fees paid by state residents.