Immigration/Refugee Fyle


  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer was sentenced to seven years in prison for taking bribes and sex in exchange for work permit documentation. [Link]


  • A Federal judge says the Justice Department cannot withhold money from sanctuary cities. [Link]


  • Justice Kennedy signs an order that will temporarily allow Trump’s travel ban to be enforced. [Link]


  • 16 migrants died when they were left for dead in the Libyan desert by smugglers. [Link]
  • 16 attorney generals have filed a lawsuit to stop Trump from ending the DACA program. [Link]


  • The number of migrants fleeing Libya to go to Italy has significantly dropped since mid July. [Link]


  • Doctors Without Borders and other aid groups have suspended operations to rescue migrants in Libyan waters. The Libyan Coastguard has begun training with the Italian military and warned international aid groups they risk being fired upon if they enter Libyan waters. [Link]


  • Under Donald Trump, the US has deported people at a slower rate than under Obama. Arrests of suspected illegal aliens in the US is up under Trump. [Link]


  • Trump is supporting a plan to reduce legal immigration to the US by 50% over the next decade. [Link]
  • The Justice Department sent letters to Baltimore, Albuquerque, San Bernardino, and Stockton telling them they would lose federal funding for law enforcement if they did not enforce federal immigration laws. [Link]


  • Former sheriff Joe Arpaio has been convicted of a crime for failing to stop enforcing unconstitutional immigration laws. [Link]
  • Border Patrol Agents encouraged a 16-year-old drink a water bottle full of meth and let him die. [Link]


  • A federal judge in Michigan continued to prevent the deportation of 1,400 of Iraqi national living in the US. [Link]


  • Nine people were found dead in the back of a tractor trailer in a Walmart parking lot. The victims were being trafficked from Mexico to the US. Survivors say there were up to 100 people in the tractor trailer. A Flordia man has been arrested in connection with this case. [Link]


  • A federal judge extends a ruling that prevents the deportation of Iraqi national in the US for another two weeks. The judge made the initial ruling two weeks ago to prevent the Iraqis from being deported. The ruling covers over 1,400 Iraqi nations. [Link]


  • More than 585,000 immigration cases are waiting for a judge’s decision.It could take up to four years for all of the cases to be heard.  [Link]


  • A Supreme Court decision will allow to Trump enforce the travel ban in 72 hours. The ban will have some changes when Trump begins enforcing it. The ban will on longer include visa holders or those with a “bona fide” relationship with the US. [Link]
  • 1,400 Iraqi nationals living in the US have received a two-week hold on any deportations. [Link]


  • Humanitarian groups rescued 730 migrants trying to cross the MediterraneanSea on Sunday. [Link]


  • 2,500 refugees were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea over the past weekend. Over 50 refugees were reported to be missing. [Link]


  • At least 31 people were killed after falling off a boat trying to flee Africa for Europe. [Link]


  • Only 6% of those arrested by ICE since Trump took office are convicted violent criminals. [Link]


  • 45,000 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy in 2017. The 45,000 refugees is 40% more than the number of refugees who made the trip by this time last yeat. At least 1,222 people have died attempting to make the trip in 2017. [Link]


  • 250 refugees fleeing North Africa for Europe are missing and feared dead. 1,300 people are believed to have died making the trip this year. [Link]


  • The Texas legislature is looking to pass a bill that will allow for illegal immigrant children to be held in US detention centers indefinitely. The bill was written by a company that operates detention facilities. [Link]


  • A DREAMer has been deported for the first time under Trump. Trump had promised to not roll back Obama’s DACA program. The man who was deported did not have his DREAMer ID on him at the time he was deported. [Link]


  • A least 42 Somali refugees fleeing Yemen were killed by an Apache helicopter. Saudi Arabia carried out the attack.  [Link]


  • Thousands of refugees from the Middle East arriving in Greece are showing heightened rate of mental illness. Many refugees are suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. The refugees having symptoms including psychosis, severe trauma, self-harm and suicide attempts. [Link]


  • Five states have joined in a lawsuit against Trump’s new travel ban. The states argue that the restraining order preventing enforcement of the first travel ban should also apply to the new one. Hawaii is also challenging the new travel ban in a separate lawsuit. [Link]


  • Trump signs a new executive order reinstating the travel ban. This executive order does not include Iraq and does not include VISA holders. This executive order lists several situations where people may be exempt from the travel ban. This executive order also stops the refugee program from 120 days. [Link]


  • An Afghan family of five was detained and denied legal counsel for several days at Los Angeles Internation Airport. Customs and Border Patrol held the family who was in the US with valid VISAs. The VISAs were awarded to the family for the father’s assistance to the US war in Afghanistan. [Link]


  • The Denver city attorney says that he is struggling to get witnesses to violent crimes who are also illegal immigrants to testify. The city attorney said that ICE agents are known to hang around the courthouse and people are afraid that testifying will lead to them being deported. [Link]
  • Trump’s federal hiring freeze will not apply to immigration judges. There are currently over 500,000 deportation cases waiting to be heard before a judge. [Link]


  • A DHS report shows that the border wall has only about $20 million in funding allocated to it so far. The border wall is expected to cost over $20 billion. [Link]


  • The Department of Homeland Security issued orders to immigration enforcement agents to work to deport illegal immigrants. The spokesperson for DHS said that those with criminal records will be prioritized. Those who were granted protected under Obama’s DACA program will be exempt from deportation. [Link] This order will also lead to the hiring of 15,000 new immigration enforcement agents. [Link]
  • A Canadian man was denied entry into the US after US Customs agents read his posts on a Gay hookup site. The man’s post on the site led the Customs agents to mistakenly believe the man was a sex worker. The man gave US Customs agents passwords to his electronic devices that allowed them to enter his accounts. [Link]


  • Immigration enforcement agents are posing as local police officers to get information about people they suspect to be illegal immigrants. [Link]
  • 74 bodies have washed ashore in Libya. It is likely that these were refugees hoping to escape Libya for Europe. [Link]


  • An Arizona sheriff overturns a rule put in place by his predecessor, Joe Arpaio, that allows immigrants to be detained for over the maximum 48-hours. [Link]


  • A young illegal immigrant who was protected under Obama’s DACA program has been arrested by immigration enforcement. The immigration enforcement agency has begun the process to deport him. [Link]


  • The Atlanta immigration enforcement office has arrested about 200 illegal immigrants in raids. The jurisdiction of this office covers three states. To combat deportations of illegal immigrants, anti-deportation advocates are pushing for all people who are being deported to appeal the deportation. They hope this strategery will jam up immigration courts. [Link]


  • About 160 people were arrested in Southern California and scheduled for deportation. The arrests came from immigration enforcement raids targeting those with criminal backgrounds. 151 of those arrested had criminal histories and five of those arrested did not. Immigration enforcement insists that these were routine raids and planned before Trump took office. Some are concerned this will be the new normal under Trump. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration sends mixed signals on if it plans to appeal the travel ban to the Supreme Court. The Administration is looking at other options, such as issuing a new executive order next week. [Link]


  • The Ninth Circut Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump’s travel ban. The next step for the Trump Administration will be to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. [Link]
  • A report from the Department of Homeland Security says that Trump’s border wall will be a series of fences and walls. The report says that wall could cost up to $21.6 billion and take three and a half years to complete. [Link]


  • A federal appeals judge denies a request from the Justice Department to reinstate Trump’s executive order on immigration. [Link]


  • A Federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocks the enforcement of Trump’s executive order on immigration. The Trump Administration is seeking an emergency stay of the ruling. [Link]
  • The Trump Administration reverses an Obama policy of speeding up deportations for families and children who are in the US illegally. Resources will be focused on having trials to determine whether or not to deport immigrants who are detained. [Link]


  • 872 refugees will be granted waivers from the ban on refugees. The waivers are allowed under Trump’s executive order on immigration. [Link]


  • Washington State’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit to block Trump’s executive order on immigration. [Link]
  • Acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she would not enforce Trump’s executive order on immigration. Trump decided to fire Yates and appoint Dana Boente to be the acting Attorney General. Jeff Sessions was appointed by Trump to be Attorney General but he is still waiting for Senate confirmation. [Link]
  • Due to confusion about how Trump’s executive order on immigration is being applied, several travelers from the banned countries are being detained at airports without access to lawyers. [Link]


  • Trump says the US will begin issuing VISAs to people of all countries within the next 90 days. [Link]


  • A federal judge prevents people from being deported under Trump’s executive order on immigration. This means that people already approved to come to the US will be able to come. This does not prevent other parts of the executive order from taking effect. [Link]
  • Trump’s executive order does not include ‘green card’ holders, but will they have to undergo additional screening before reentering the US. It was initially reported that ‘green card’ holders from the seven banned countries would not be allowed to reenter the US. [Link]
  • In response to Trump’s executive order on immigration, Iran is banning all US citizens from Iran. [Link]


  • Trump signs an executive action to block refugees and citizens from seven Muslim countries from entering the US. The action suspended the entry of refugees for 120 days and suspended the acceptance of Syrian refugees indefinitely. Citizens from Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, and Somalia will be unable to enter the US for the next 90 days. [Link]
  • In an interview, Trump says that citizens from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia will face extreme vetting before being allowed into the US. [Link]


  • The US Border Patrol Cheif says he was forced out by the Trump Administration. He reports being asked to leave and he decided to resign. [Link]
  • The Mexican President cancels a trip to the White House in response to Trump’s plans to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. [Link]


  • Trump signs an executive directive to build a wall along the US/Mexico border. Trump also restarted a program where federal law enforcement works with state and local enforcement to deport illegal immigrants. [Link]
  • Trump signs an executive order to crack down on federal aid going to sanctuary cities. [Link]


  • Through executive action, Obama eliminates the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that has applied to Cuban citizens entering the US. Under the law, any Cuban who reached American soil was allowed to stay and seek citizenship. [Link]


  • President Obama ends the Bush-era program that was a database of males entering American from mostly Muslim countries. Obama stopped using the program while he was in office but left the program idle for much of his term. Trump had announced plans to used the program. [Link]


  • Dozens of Cuban migrants land in Florida. Cuban migrants who land in the United States get to remain in the country. [Link]


  • 70% of immigrants admitted to the US under Obama’s minor refugee program are actually adults. [Link]


  • 100,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa have fled to Yemen. It is likely that the refugees are misinformed about the severity of the conflict in Yemen. At least 79 have died while making the trip. [Link]


  • A record 27,500 migrants landed in Italy in October. At least 127 people died making the trip across the Mediterranean Sea. [Link]


  • Over 4,000 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea this year. 340,000 have made the passage across the sea safely. [Link]


  • Trump says he will deport illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds immediately. He believes this will result in him deporting between 2 and 3 million people. [Link]


  • At least 239 people have died in 2 migrant shipwrecks off the Libyan coast on Wednesday. [Link]


  • A potential new rule from US Customs and Border Patrol  would require foreign travels to give social media account application when entering the US. [Link]


  • In 1989 there were 16 border walls separating countries, there are now 65 walls built or under construction.[Link]


  • In France, migrants and police clash during protests over living conditions in refugee camps. [Link]


  • Emails from the Department of Homeland Security show that there is an effort being made to grant citizenship to as many people as possible before the election. The DHS recently reported they mistakenly granted citizenship to 850 people who should have been deported. [Link]


  • Department of Homeland Security memo reveals that refugee fraud is easy to commit and hard to detect. The memo states that bad actors have exploited the refugee program. [Link]
  • A boat carrying 600 refugees capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. 163 have been recovered alive and 55 bodies have been recovered. The rest are still missing. [Link]