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School denies student info to USCIS, de Blasio says system worked

When an agent from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services showed up at P.S. 58 in Queens last week, everyone assumed it was an immigration raid. The agent was seeking information about a fourth grader for benefits purposes, not immigration issues, according to reports. Stories differ about whether the agents were turned away without being given any information, or if they were told the student didn't attend P.S. 58. Either way, they did not get what they were looking for.

Mayor de Blasio defended the school's actions. "I have no qualms at all about the initial response, and I also have no qualms about making sure parents knew that the system we put in place worked," he said yesterday.

Are longtime regulations for detainees being 'Trumped'?

Seeking jail space for their continued crackdown on illegal immigration, the new presidential administration is rumored to be reining in requirements that exist in detaining immigrants. Rules that date back 15 years are about to be proverbially "trumped" to entice local law enforcement officials to make their facilities available.

Undocumented immigrants and road safety

California legislation proposed four years ago to allow undocumented immigrants to legally drive was not without controversy. Undocumented immigration was already evolving as a "hot-button" topic that divided political parties and advocacy groups. It soon became a hallmark plank on campaign platforms for both sides.

NYC doubles down in expanding sanctuary policies

The war of words and actions between sanctuary cities and the Trump administration continues. On April 25, a federal judge in California temporarily blocked President Trump's Jan. 25 executive order threatening to withhold federal funds from cities that refused to cooperate with immigration officials.

Police in name only?

In a time when the Trump administration continues to ratchet up raids and deportation efforts targeting undocumented immigrants, the simple act of knocking on the door of a home strikes fear in residents. Those on the other side are fearful that the police are poised to arrest them.

But, are they “police” in name (on their uniform) only?

New York continues to bolster its sanctuary city status

The “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” was created to spotlight the lack of cooperation from the country’s “sanctuary cities.” Announced via a January executive order and still in its infancy, the weekly document lists the number of times communities have turned down requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, week two covering February 4-10 puts communities in New York and California at a tie atop the list. Both states account for nearly half of the refusals. Other cities that also turned down detainers include Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

De Blasio’s new line in the sand

Mayor Bill de Blasio has already laid bare his feelings regarding the newfound push to enforce federal immigration law. With backing from the New York Police Department commissioner, he continues to resist any and all efforts to deport undocumented immigrants in the city he rules.

He has drawn yet another line in his battle with federal enforcement of immigration law.

Another executive order. Another lawsuit.

For opponents of President’s Trump new immigration ban, the latest executive order is more “second verse, same as the first.”

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has joined Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon in a multi-state lawsuit against President Trump’s second executive order on this controversial issue.

Removal by retribution?

At a March 1 press conference in Jackson Mississippi, Daniela Vargas, a 22-year-old undocumented immigrant, was speaking out against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the agency’s recent arrests of immigrants, including her father and brother.

It wasn’t the first time Vargas spoke of her fear of the agency’s actions. The Argentina native publicly criticized ICE in the short time since two of her family members were arrested.

Two reasons President Trump's revised travel ban may not stand

President Donald Trump received a good deal of negative press over an executive order issued on January 27th. The order, dubbed a travel ban by critics, imposed a 90 day ban on travels from six predominately Muslim nations. Those opposing the ban further critiqued it by calling it a Muslim ban, pointing to language within the order allowing preferential treatment for those coming from these countries that were of a "minority religion."

The ban was ultimately blocked by a federal appeals court. In an attempt to move his immigration policy forward, President Trump recently issued a revised order.

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