Immigration

Don’t Forget Congress When Assigning Blame: Thoughts on Trump v. Hawaii

June 27, 2018

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii, the travel ban or Muslim ban case, it is unfortunately necessary to engage—or continue to engage—in the process of assigning blame. Starting during the presidential campaign and continuing into his presidency, Donald Trump gave much reason to fear that he had “animus,” to…

The Travel Ban Arguments and the President’s Words

April 27, 2018

Coming out of Wednesday’s arguments in Trump v. Hawaii, the dominant view—see, for example, here, here, and here—was that the federal government was likely to prevail and the Proclamation would be upheld. I was less sure; my impression was that if the Court reached the Establishment Clause question—a big if—there was a good chance that…

Immigration Enforcement Under Trump: A Loose Cannon

February 21, 2018

The Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policy is a loose cannon, targeting noncitizens who have long been protected under prosecutorial discretion. The President has unleashed a policy that routinely targets anyone who is undocumented, not just “bad hombres.” This post examines the discretion used after a person has received a deportation (“removal”) order and how the…

Municipal Suffrage, Sanctuary Cities, and the Contested Meaning of Citizenship

January 19, 2018

In November 2016, the city of San Francisco enacted a ballot initiative that was somewhat overshadowed by other election results. It permitted noncitizens with children in the public school system to vote in school board elections. Though it is unclear whether the measure will have much practical impact on the city schools, the measure has…

Immigration, Federal Authority, and City Hall

October 19, 2017

Cities are once again center stage in our national debate over immigration. A decade ago, the focus was on whether cities can participate in federal immigration enforcement. Now the fight is over whether they can refuse. Given the political vitriol over “sanctuary cities” — a loaded label that remains ill-defined — one might assume that…

Reforming Criminal Justice in an Era of Mass Deportation

October 17, 2017

During the Obama administration, officials deported a record number of immigrants, immigrant detention ballooned, and immigration crimes became the majority of federal prosecutions. Since President Trump took office, these trends have only intensified. As outlined in his January 25, 2017 Executive Order, the administration intends to hire thousands of new immigration officers, deny federal funding…