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Lawyers appointed by a federal judge to identify migrant families separated by the Trump administration say they cannot track down the parents of 545 children. Most of their parents were deported. The American Civil Liberties Union and pro-bono law firms were tasked with reuniting families separated under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy, which split more than 1,000 parents from their children and deported them. The children remain in the U.S. with foster parents or distant relatives, as locating their parents remains difficult. NBC News
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A Comprehensive Look Back at Trump’s War on Sanctuary Cities
Over the past four years, the Trump administration has increasingly targeted so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions with penalties and ICE operations targeting local residents. The administration began by seeking to cut off federal funding because of the policies, which prevent local authorities from assisting ICE with detaining immigrants. ICE has since run media campaigns where it tries to turn local residents against their government by publicizing crimes undocumented immigrants were convicted of or allegedly committed. Read more about the myriad ways the agency and the Trump administration have tried to turn Americans against sanctuary policies in our latest collaboration with BORDER/LINES. Documented
ICE to Expand Usage of Expedited Removal
ICE is implementing new rules that will allow agents to expand their use of “expedited removal,” a fast-tracked deportation process that bars some immigrants from making their case in front of an immigration judge. Previously, immigration authorities were only allowed to use those powers on people apprehended within 100 miles from an international border and who failed to demonstrate they had been in the U.S. for at least two weeks. The expansion will allow them to use this rule anywhere in the U.S. CBS News
International Students Could Save Universities From Financial Ruin
International students contributed 458,290 jobs and $41 billion to the U.S. economy in the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the nonprofit Association of International Educators. This could be valuable for colleges and universities hurting because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Full-sticker price tuition revenue from international students helps to provide more subsidies for American students,” the Global Migration Center explained. “International students also help universities buffer against declines in government funding that have occurred for several decades.” Close to 162,000 international students attended colleges and universities in California last year, which brought in $6.8 billion dollars. Voice of America
Study: Sanctuary Policies Do Not Increase Crime
Cities that have adopted “sanctuary” policies did not record an increase in crime, according to a new Stanford University report. The findings counter the Trump administration’s rhetoric claiming sanctuary cities are crime infested. Researchers compared statistics across more than 200 sanctuary jurisdictions between 2010 and 2015, when policies were adopted in many U.S. cities with large undocumented populations. The research found the policies did limit deportations of nonviolent offenders, but crime rates did not increase. It also found violent criminals continued to be deported at the same pace. Deportations decreased by one-third overall in sanctuary jurisdictions. The Washington Post
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