Weekend ICE raids, President Trump’s backing down on the Census question, and more were in the news this week. Read our weekly roundup for the week of July 8th to learn more about this week’s top stories!
1. Delayed ICE raids to move forward over the weekend
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids threatened by President Trump two weeks ago will move forward on Sunday.
According to The Times, “The raids, which will be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over multiple days, will include “collateral” deportations…In those deportations, the authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.” The raids are also expected to happen in 10 major cities around the U.S., although it is still unclear which cities those will be.
It is also unclear how successful the raids will be, as the operation is no longer a secret and immigrant communities are well aware of its existence. Agents are also unsure how successful the operation will be as “ICE agents are not legally allowed to forcibly enter a home,” and an undocumented immigrant simply refusing to open the door could keep them from being detained.
2. President Trump issues executive order on Census citizenship question
On Thursday, President Trump backed down from his fight to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census after the Supreme Court ruled the Administration would need to provide additional rationale for adding the question.
Instead, the President issued an executive order calling on federal agencies “to gain a full, complete and accurate count of the non-citizen population” by mining their databases for information. In essence, this is not a change from what federal agencies were already doing.
3. DOJ plans to stop using interpreters at first immigration hearings
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to move forward with their plan to eliminate the use of interpreters at immigrants first hearing in immigration court.
According to reports, DOJ plans to replace interpreters with pre-taped videos in multiple languages that explain the court proceedings and what rights individuals have to immigrants. If an individual had questions unanswered by the video, DOJ has said there will be interpreters available by phone when possible.
4. August 2019 Visa Bulletin published
The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for August 2019. The Bulletin details which and how many visas are available for the month of August.
Read the Visa Bulletin at the Department of State’s website.
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