The Trump administration told Congress it intends to dramatically cut the number of refugees it will admit in the next fiscal year, only up to 18,000 refugees, according to the State Department — marking a historic low and threatening to further erode the nation’s refugee resettlement program. In the last few years of the Obama presidency, the administration moved toward increasingly high caps, up to 110,000 in fiscal year 2017 amid the Syrian crisis.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by President Donald Trump’s administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a key element of his hardline immigration policies. The rule would block nearly all families and individuals from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala from entering the United States as asylum seekers after crossing through Mexico.
The Trump administration is moving to end an agreement limiting how long migrant children can be kept in detention, the president’s latest effort to curb immigration at the Mexican border. A current settlement overseen by the federal courts now requires the government to keep children in the least restrictive setting and to release them as quickly as possible, generally after 20 days in detention.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that some experts say could cut legal immigration in half. The long-anticipated rule, pushed by Trump’s leading aide on immigration, Stephen Miller, takes effect Oct. 15. It would reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas if they fail to meet high enough income standards or if they receive public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid.
The governments of Guatemala and Mexico said on Thursday that between them, almost 300 of their citizens had been detained in the southern U.S. state of Mississippi as part of sweeping U.S. immigration operations. U.S. immigration authorities arrested nearly 700 people at seven agricultural processing plants across the state on Wednesday in what federal officials said could be the largest worksite enforcement operation in a single state.
The US government is introducing a new fast-track deportation process that will bypass immigration courts. Under the new rules, migrants who cannot prove they have been in the US continuously for more than two years can be immediately deported. Until now, expedited deportations could only be applied to those detained near the border who had been in the US for less than two weeks.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the federal government can detain immigrants convicted of crimes without a bond hearing, even if they have been previously released and committed the crime years earlier. The ruling provides President Donald Trump more authority in his efforts to arrest, detain and deport immigrants convicted of crimes. Trump administration officials frequently lament the inability to remove immigrants due to court rulings around the country.
The United Nations’ top human rights official called for a halt to the Trump administration’s practice of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents at the border on Monday, calling it abuse. President Trump attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel over immigration, saying the German people are ‘turning against their leadership.’
A caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the Mexican border may be met by the US National Guard, as President Trump prepares legislature to block migrants and asylum seekers from entering the US. The annual symbolic caravan is meant to draw attention to the plight of migrants, not reach the US border.
Senators failed to advance a bipartisan proposal, Thursday, to resolve the future of millions of young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, in addition to supporting $25 billion in border security among other measures, with a final vote of 54-45. A competing proposal from the White House also failed with a final vote of 39-60.