There was quite a bit of immigration news this week. From Court rulings to new ICE programs, read about the latest news below.

1. ICE launches a program to allow local law enforcement to make arrests on their behalf

On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced they are launching a program that would make it easier for the agency to make arrests at a local level.

Under the new program, certain members of local law enforcement would be trained and authorized to make arrests on behalf of ICE even in cases where city or state policy prohibits such arrests.

Read the announcement by ICE.

2. 9th Circuit allows President Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy to move forward

On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that President Trump’s “remain in Mexico’ policy could continue while the Court deliberates on the case. The policy requires certain immigrants to wait in Mexico while their immigration case is being decided in the U.S.

Read more at Politico.

3. Asylum officers ordered to make “credible fear” interviews more confrontational

The Washington Post reported this week that U.S. asylum officers have been given new guidance requiring them to be more confrontational in the initial “credible fear” interview with those immigrants who are seeking asylum.

These changes will give officers greater latitude to turn away asylum seekers at the border without ever referring them to Immigration Court.

These are only the latest in a string of immigration changes, in particular to the asylum process. Just last week, President Trump required changes that will charge asylum seekers a fee for the first time ever.

Read more at The Washington Post, The Hill, and Reuters.

4. DHS announces an additional 30,000 H-2B Visas for FY 2019

On Monday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary McAleenan announced that DHS and the Department of Labor (DOL) will increase the number of H-2B visas for FY 2019 by 30,000.

H-2B visas are used for temporary, non-agricultural workers.

Read the announcement on the DHS website.

5. President Trump announces his pick to be the new head of ICE

President Trump announced on Sunday that he would be nominating Mark Morgan to be the new head of ICE. Mark Morgan briefly worked under the Obama Administration.

Read more at NBC.

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