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The $36-a-Day Alternative To Jailing Immigrant Families Favored By Obama

9:46 AM ET Donald Trump has said he has no option but to lock up immigrant families to enforce immigration law. That’s a revision of his previous claim that he had no option but to separate kids from their parents. But there is an alternative that is cheaper than either of those options—and...

Some Of The 2,300 Separated Children Are Filed Under The Wrong Name

June 22, 2018 Donald Trump has aborted his controversial family separation policy, but now immigrant advocates are struggling to track down the parents of the 2,300 immigrant kids already in federal custody. Government records are reportedly missing vital identifying information, such as name and age. The Department of Homeland Security officials who took...

Analysis: Nielsen Says It’s The Law To Detain Asylum Seekers. It’s Not, According To These Rules

June 19, 2018 Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has repeatedly said the Trump administration is required by law to detain and prosecute all immigrants entering the US illegally. She therefore has no choice, she says, but to separate parents and children during detention. But that’s not actually true—in fact, detaining asylum-seekers goes against...

Audio: A 6-Year-Old Migrant Girl Tries To Navigate The U.S. Detention System On Her Own

June 19, 2018 Critics have called the Trump administration’s practice of separating children and parents intercepted at the border “inhumane,” “cruel,” and “immoral” on principle. A recording from a children’s detention facility shows what it sounds like in practice. Inconsolable children calling for their parents can be heard in the audio obtained by...

Trump Can Hold Immigrant Kids In Military Facilities — If He Turns Them Into Shelters

May 22, 2018 The Trump administration is reportedly looking into holding undocumented immigrant children in military facilities. That’s because the number of unaccompanied minors illegally in the U.S., which the federal government is required to house, is set to grow. The Department of Homeland Security is rolling out a mandate to prosecute everyone...

Some California Cities Are Siding With Trump on Immigration

May 17, 2018 Donald Trump held a public bashing session of California’s sanctuary policies on Wednesday. The guests of honor were several elected officials from California, who, like Trump, oppose a state law that limits cooperation with federal authorities in the interest of protecting undocumented immigrants. During a live webcast of the roundtable...

The Legal Logic Behind Trump’s Decision To Separate Immigrant Children From Parents

May 14, 2018 The Trump administration said this week it’s prosecuting every immigrant caught entering the U.S. illegally, a policy that will likely result in the separation of children from their parents while their legal cases unfurl. Critics have denounced it as a particularly cruel and mean-spirited tactic. It appears to be motivated...

U.S. Immigration Lawyers Are Shifting Focus To Prosecute People Who’ve Lived In The U.S. Longest

April 27, 2018 Trump administration officials have said any person in the US illegally should look over their shoulder. But data show the risk is greater for immigrants who have been in the U.S. for longer—at least when it comes to being prosecuted in immigration court. The number of cases filed by the...

Democrats Just Filed a Lawsuit Accusing the Trump Campaign of Helping Russia Disrupt the 2016 Election

April 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Democratic party is suing Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign over what they are calling a “brazen attack on American Democracy.” The lawsuit, filed by the Democratic National Committee on Friday in federal court, lays out the opposition party’s version of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election. According...

The Military Budget Shows Just How Deep Donald Trump is Getting Into Syria

April 11, 2018 Donald Trump warned Russia that U.S. missiles to Syria “will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” in a tweet Wednesday morning. The threat is a response to a reported chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma, which was held by the rebel forces. At least 40 people...