August 30

ICE Issues Statement on People Impersonating ICE Officials in Houston

ICE issued a statement after receiving reports that individuals are impersonating Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and knocking on doors in the Houston area, telling residents to evacuate—presumably so these imposters can rob the empty homes. DHS encourages members of the public who receive such visitors to ask to see properly labeled badges or credentials. Yesterday, The Hill reported that during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, ICE is not conducting immigration enforcement operations in the affected area and will not ask for immigration status or papers at any shelter. USCIS offered measures, available on a case-by-case basis upon request, for individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

August 2

Washington Post: Trump, GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Slash Legal Immigration Levels

The Washington Post reports that President Trump endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels over a decade. Trump appeared with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) at the White House today to unveil the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in April to cut immigration by half from the current level of more than one million green cards per year granting foreigners permanent legal residence in the United States.

July 25

NPR: Mass. High Court: Local Authorities Can’t Detain People Without Charges for ICE

NPR reports that the highest court in Massachusetts ruled Monday that local law enforcement cannot keep people in custody solely at ICE’s request. The unanimous decision from the Supreme Judicial Court stated that the state’s laws provide “no authority for Massachusetts court officers to arrest and hold an individual solely on the basis of a federal civil immigration detainer, beyond the time that the individual would otherwise be entitled to be released from State custody.” Susan Church, former head of AILA’s New England chapter said, “This is hopefully something that we will look back on and see that it sent a message out to all the other states that this is not the job of the states, to be enforcing federal immigration laws.”

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