Author: Katie Sarreshteh

Hardline Immigration Policies Keep Running into Legal Trouble

On November 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, issued a nationwide permanent injunction blocking the federal government’s attempt to strip so-called “sanctuary cities” of federal funding. Judge William Orrick ruled the executive order unconstitutional, in violation of the Fifth and 10th Amendments. Explaining the severe due process violations, Judge Orrick stated, “the Executive Order’s vague language does not make clear what conduct it proscribes or give jurisdictions a reasonable opportunity to avoid its penalties.” Judge Orrick also highlighted President Trump’s motives for crafting this executive order stating, “The President has called it ‘a weapon’ to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his preferred policies of immigration enforcement.”

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Protesting and Immigration – Know Your Rights

Today, President Trump will hold a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, where it is rumored he may pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. President Trump has historically supported Mr. Arpaio and praised his tough stance on immigration and Mr. Arpaio has requited this sentiment, acting as an early supporter and voice for President Trump’s campaign and divisive immigration rhetoric. Tensions are high across America after the tragic events in Charlottesville just over a week ago. Many fear that the President’s appearance in Arizona will spark deeper division and conflict in an already divided city. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton would...

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Dream On

Today marks the five year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has provided vital relief to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came to the United States as children. I wish we could jubilantly celebrate and toast to this half-decade milestone. Instead, we are fighting to keep the program alive and protect Dreamers from shortsighted proposals that would abruptly terminate the program.

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