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Priscilla Alvarez Priscilla Alvarez is a fellow for National Journal. Previously she was a correspondent for USA TODAY College, where she covered a variety of topics with a focus on college students. Her work has also appeared in the Washingtonian and Leesburg Today, a community newspaper in Northern Virginia.Priscilla studied at Virginia Tech, where she also served as editor-in-chief of the student-run, daily newspaper, Collegiate Times.
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Will Texas's Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities Hurt Law Enforcement?

June 6, 2017 The Trump administration’s plan to crack down on “sanctuary cities,” jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration agents, is exacerbating longstanding tensions with some local governments and the federal government over immigration enforcement, while also prompting others to alter their policies. In February, Miami-Dade County voted to end the county’s...

FBI Director Has No Regrets About His Fateful 2016 Decision

May 3, 2017 FBI Director James Comey has no regrets about the agency’s handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server just days before the presidential election. “It was a hard choice, I still believe in retrospect the right choice, as painful as it’s been,” Comey told...

The Trump Administration Sketches a Border-Fence Plan

May 3, 2017 Mick Mulvaney, the president’s budget director, said on Tuesday that the administration will replace segments of chain-link fencing with a 20-foot-tall steel fence along the southern border, despite Congress refusal to fund the president’s border wall in its spending bill. Trump, for his part, has claimed that the administration is...

People Are Calling In to a New 'Criminal Alien' Hotline With Reports of Extraterrestrials

April 27, 2017 The term “alien” is used in legal contexts to denote those present in the United States who aren’t citizens. But some callers are using a new hotline launched on Wednesday for victims of crimes committed by aliens to report that they’ve been victimized by extraterrestrials. On Wednesday, the Trump administration...

Trump's Border Barrier Hits a Wall

April 7, 2017 Pamela Taylor’s home in Brownsville, Texas, sits in between the Rio Grande and the current border fence. Taylor, 88, voted for Donald Trump. But now, she faces the possibility that the man she voted for could take her land through eminent domain. “As far as we’re concerned, the fence is...

Trump's Border Barrier Hits a Wall

April 6, 2017 Pamela Taylor’s home in Brownsville, Texas, sits in between the Rio Grande and the current border fence. Taylor, 88, voted for Donald Trump. But now, she faces the possibility that the man she voted for could take her land through eminent domain. “As far as we’re concerned, the fence is...

How Trump Is Changing Immigration Enforcement

February 3, 2017 In his first week in office, President Donald Trump acted on his core campaign issue: immigration. In a short span of time, the president signed executive orders calling for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and a crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities,” which limit collaboration between local...

Trump Cracks Down on Sanctuary Cities

January 25, 2017 On Wednesday, Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at cracking down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” which limit cooperation between state and local law enforcement and federal immigration agents. It follows through on his campaign-trail promise to withhold federal dollars from such cities, which might jeopardize support for services including...

Will Law Enforcement Support Trump's Immigration Plans?

December 30, 2016 In an interview with 60 Minutes last month, President-elect Donald Trump made yet another pledge to remove undocumented immigrants from the United States, saying he would deport up to 3 million of them who “have criminal records.” Similar promises—like building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and blocking federal funding...

Will Guantanamo Bay's Prison Ever Close?

December 21, 2016 In his final State of the Union address this year, President Obama repeated his call to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo. It is expensive, it is unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for...