A decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions could lead to the deportation of up to 350,000 more people. It’s part of the Administration’s continuing efforts to remove as many immigrants from the country, using any means available. How will this decision affect you? Martin Lester of Lester Law explains the Castro-Tum decision and what we should expect in the future.
A Federal court decision this week reinstated the DACA program, but the decision is on hold for 90 days. What has changed, and why? Martin Lester of Lester Law breaks down Judge Bates’ decision in NAACP v. Trump.
The Trump Administration has sued California over state laws that limit ICE enforcement. Who controls immigration law in the United States — the Federal government or the individual states? And how is the sanctuary movement’s struggle like the plot of Star Wars? Martin Lester breaks it all down for you.
President Trump today tweeted his intent to use DACA recipients as pawns to force Congress to fund the border wall and reduce family-based immigration. That’s unfair to DACA recipients and bad for America. We look at what’s coming in the months ahead.
The Trump Administration’s new National Security Strategy takes aim directly at “chain migration” — the process by which U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can petition for certain family members. Is this “family values?” How many qualified and talented immigrants will want to come to the United States if their families aren’t welcome?
In March, shortly after Donald Trump’s strong showing on Super Tuesday, we published a series of articles concerning whether a President Trump could actually make the immigration changes that Candidate Trump was promising. Now that Mr. Trump is the President-Elect, it’s time to look more closely at the changes we expect to see next year. We’ll start with DACA (“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”), a program started under President Obama that allowed certain people brought to the United States as children to receive protection from deportation (“deferred action”) and work permits. Question: Could President Trump end DACA? Answer: Yes, and quickly. DACA is based in the President’s power over immigration granted by the Constitution. Under the principle of “prosecutorial discretion,” law enforcement officers can make decisions about how the laws are to be enforced. This concept is nothing new, and it didn’t start with President Obama. Every time a police […]
Candidate Trump’s website contains the following promise if he is elected: End birthright citizenship. This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. By a 2:1 margin, voters say it’s the wrong policy, including Harry Reid who said “no sane country” would give automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. By “birthright citizenship,” Trump is referring to the fact that people born in the United States automatically become U.S. citizens. Candidate Trump is vowing to stop this practice. Could President Trump actually do it? Question: Could President Trump end “birthright citizenship”? Answer: No. It’s in the Constitution. “Birthright citizenship” is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that “[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” This principle is known as “jus soli,” meaning literally “law of the […]
Last week’s article addressed whether Candidate Trump, if elected President, could end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. This week, I address the larger question of the approximately 11 million persons currently in the United States without legal status. Candidate Trump has called for the deportation of all undocumented people in the United States. Could President Trump do that? Question: Could President Trump simply deport the “11 million”? Answer: Yes, No, and Maybe. Yes, there are some people President Trump could deport quickly. All Presidents have extensive, though not unlimited, powers when it comes to immigration. Much of this power is expressed in the policy directions they give to the Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Branch agency that actually implements the immigration laws. At any given time, there are thousands of people living in the United States under “orders of supervision,” […]
In the wake of Donald Trump’s strong showing on Super Tuesday, and his probable path to the Republican nomination for President, it’s time for a closer examination of his immigration positions. Candidate Trump has made some very strong statements of what he would do to American immigration policy and practice if elected. I will pay him the courtesy of assuming that he means what he says, both because he has been clear in his views and because it is too dangerous not to take him at his word. This series of articles, “Preparing for the Trumpocalypse,” will focus on one topic: Could President Trump actually do the things that Candidate Trump is promising? Future articles will cover such topics as deporting the “11 million,” building the wall on the Mexican border, and a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Today’s article, however, addresses DACA, and whether […]