September 28, 2017

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DACA: On Sept. 5, the Trump administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would end in six months. MCC blog post | Action alert | Know-your-rights and other resources below

Central American migration: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit alleging immigrant teens are being illegally detained based on accusations of gang affiliation with no evidence to support the claimsRecently-passed legislation in the House would make the detention of anyone suspected to be affiliated with a gang even easier. Recent reports indicate the Trump administration is also looking to speed up the deportation of teenage asylum seekers and end a refugee program for Central American children.

Enforcement: After reports leaked of nationwide raids to pick up more than 8,000 immigrants the operation was temporarily delayed – but may already be underway in some parts of the country. Hotel worker unions are teaching employees how to respond to such raids. A federal judge ruled that so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ cannot be penalized with the withholding of federal grants. Two recent deaths illustrate the sometimes fatal consequences of detention and deportation.

Border wall: President Trump and Congressional Democratic leaders discussed a potential compromise pairing protections for DACA recipients with border security measures. After a lawsuit was resolvedconstruction preparations began for the four companies selectedto build concrete border wall prototypes. Four additional contracts were awarded for non-concrete wall prototypes. Conservation groupsand the state of California filed lawsuits over wall construction.

Refugee/travel ban: On Sept. 24, as the original travel ban was expiring, the White House announced new restrictions for eight countries. A Sept. 12 Supreme Court ruling kept portions of the refugee ban in place. The high court also canceled an October 10 hearing on the refugee ban/travel and asked for new legal briefs to be submitted to determine if the case is now moot. Debates over the costs and benefits of refugees continue amidst reports that the White House censored a document showing a net $63 billion benefit over 10 years.

TPS: The Trump administration announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan but an end to TPS for Sudan in 12 months. More than 300,000 people from 10 countries are currently at risk of losing TPS.

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Oct. 2, 4:00 p.m. EDT: Interfaith immigration webinar: Learn how you can support Dreamers, refugees, and TPS holders

November 11-15, 2017: Borderlands and migrant trail learning tour

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Update created September 28, 2017, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.

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