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DACA to continue, surprise Dreamer deportations ordered to stop

Two major court decisions involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program were announced this week. First, the U.S. Supreme Court put off an appeal of a federal court order. That order, a nationwide injunction, ordered the federal government not to shut down DACA on Monday, March 5, as had previously been announced. Second, another federal judge ordered all federal immigration enforcement authorities to stop revoking Dreamers' DACA protections or deporting them based on allegations of minor criminal activity.

Most immigrants ICE arrested in 2017 had past criminal convictions

Although many immigrants worry that they could be targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement despite causing no problems, recent information suggests that the agency has been focusing mostly on those with criminal issues. At the same time, however, ICE arrests were up overall in 2017 -- especially among those without prior convictions.

Was immigrant activist targeted for deportation to silence him?

Activist Ravi Ragbir leads a coalition of 150 faith-based pro-immigrant groups referred to collectively as the New Sanctuary Coalition. He is one of several immigrant rights activists who seem to have been targeted for deportation because of their outspoken political beliefs.

ICE releases policy on immigration raids at courthouses

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has just released a formal policy on when it will send immigration agents into local, state and federal courthouses in order to make arrests.

Homeland Security finds 4 detention centers violate standards

The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office has just issued a report about immigrant detention centers. It found "significant issues" in four centers, including insufficient hygiene and medical care, potentially unsafe food, and inhumane treatment.

Supreme Court allows enforcement of Trump's travel ban for now

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary ruling allowing President Trump's travel ban to be enforced while its constitutionality is assessed. The ban applies to at least some residents of eight countries: Libya, Somalia, Chad, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Venezuela and North Korea.

CBP accused of separating asylum seekers from their children

Five Central Americans recently came to the U.S. seeking asylum or refugee status, bringing several children and grandchildren with them. They were arrested near ports of entry in El Paso, according to federal court records.