This week in immigration news – October 3, 2019

Immigration news

Immigrant rights advocates are attempting to block the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols.

These orders by the administration dictate that asylum seekers be sent to Mexico as they wait for their case to make its way through the courts.

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The president and his administration consider this the answer to so-called “catch and release,” in which migrants were allowed the live in the United States as their case was adjudicated. But advocates and critics say that the people who have been “returned” to Mexico are left vulnerable to dangers in border towns.

The Trump administration has had two portions of its immigration policy agenda blocked by the courts.

The courts blocked the administration’s attempt to hold migrant families indefinitely. This ruling also blocks the administration’s attempt to allow immigration officials to deport migrants without them having their case go to court.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that President Trump suggested shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down at the border.

This comes from an upcoming book, Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration. The book claims that Stephen Miller, then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then-Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Jared Kushner, and other senior  administration officials were present at the meeting where the president made his suggestion.

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