News Roundup for Week of August 5th

ICE raids and increased trade tensions between the U.S. and China took center stage this week. Read on to learn more about this week’s news!

1. ICE raids 7 plants in Mississippi

On Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 680 undocumented immigrants at seven food industry plants in Mississippi.

According to reports, the raid is considered the largest ICE raid in the department’s history, and comes as tensions over undocumented immigration are rising in the U.S.

As of Thursday, ICE announced they had released 300 individuals on “humanitarian grounds.”

It is not known if there are currently any other planned ICE raids for other plants or states at this time. Make sure you Know Your Rights in the event of an ICE raid by reading our articles on the subject.

Learn more at Reuters, CNN, Law360, and AP.

2. Trade tensions increase between U.S. and China

U.S./China trade tensions are ramping back up again after a week of sparring between the two countries.

The increased tensions began when President Trump announced new tariffs on Chinese imports to begin September 1st, to which China responded by allowing its currency to dip in value.

In response to the yuan’s dip in value, the U.S. Department of Treasury labeled China a currency manipulator, which lead China to announce they will no longer buy any U.S. agricultural imports.

Read more at Reuters here, here, and here.

3. DHS extends TPS for Syria

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced they will be extending the temporary protected status for Syrians for an additional 18 months.

This extension will allow Syrian’s with TPS status to remain and work in the U.S. until March 31, 2021.

Read the official announcement at the DHS website.

4. Massachusetts judge plans class action on behalf of detainees

U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris stated this week that immigration courts seem to be ignoring the law and violating due process by requiring immigrants to bear the burden in proving they are not a flight risk or a danger to the public.

The Judge’s comments come as many immigrants are being denied bond hearings in immigration court.

Judge Saris also proposed possibly grouping the individuals in the case before her into a class for the purposes of moving them into the 1st Circuit of Appeals.

Read more at Law360.

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