Tag Archives: Kris Kobach

Plan to Allow ICE Officers to once again coordinate with local police gains steam with Trump | Nov 25 2016

Kris Kobach Suggests Local Police Should Identify Illegal Immigrants

– Yahoo News

Two people were arrested after posing as police officers on Tuesday morning.
Two people were arrested after posing as police officers on Tuesday morning.

“A plan proposed to President-elect Donald Trump that could help him fulfill his campaign pledge on deporting undocumented immigrants involves deputizing local police officers to implement U.S. immigration laws, USA Today reported.

The plan was found among a list of other proposals for the Department of Homeland Security carried by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who met Trump on Sunday when he was photographed with the papers. The two also discussed other campaign pledges such as cracking down on the number of Syrian refugees who enter the U.S. and the implementation of a stricter screening process for people fleeing from countries that have links to terrorists.

The plan dubbed the 287(g) program would allow the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to train local police officers and deputy sheriffs to locate and detain undocumented immigrants residing in their areas. This program was first created by Congress in 1996 and was used by former President George W. Bush. By 2010, local police officers in 24 states were trained by the ICE to respond to crime scenes, make traffic stops and inspect local jails to check suspects’ immigration status.

However, it was phased out by President Barack Obama and officers are now only allowed to check immigration status of only those already in local jails and not of people out on the street. Kobach’s proposal suggested the program cover “at least 70 cities and counties.”

….Continue reading @Yahoo

University officials: Undocumented students studying abroad should return home

– San Jose Mercury News

Santa Clara University students hangs signs outside of Shapell Lounge after participating in a walk-out in support of the undocumented community at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Santa Clara University students hangs signs outside of Shapell Lounge after participating in a walk-out in support of the undocumented community at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

“College administrators nationwide are urging undocumented immigrant students studying abroad to come home before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.

If Trump makes good on his promise to cancel DACA, a controversial program that gives thousands of young, undocumented immigrants temporary relief from deportation, students abroad could be barred from re-entering the country, the administrators say.

The letter, which an academic adviser at San Jose State shared with about 2,000 students, also advises DACA students who were planning to study internationally next year to think twice, according to university spokeswoman Pat Harris.

Harris said the school isn’t aware of any DACA students studying abroad or planning to do so next year, but the university wants “students to know the reality of federal law.”

The University of California’s Office of the President said advisers at its nine campuses are working with students participating in its Education Abroad Program to make sure they are aware of the implications of leaving the U.S. The program will waive withdrawal fees for DACA students who cancel plans to study abroad, said spokeswoman Claire Doan.”

…Continue reading @ Mercury News

Report: Migrants surge toward US, hoping to beat Trump inauguration

– the Hill


“Central American migrants are surging toward the U.S., hoping to cross the southern border before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in early next year, according to a report from Reuters.

Trump won the White House with a hardline immigration platform that included increased deportations and the construction of a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and officials told the news service Thursday that many are accelerating their plans to reach the states.

“We’re worried because we’re seeing a rise in the flow of migrants leaving the country, who have been urged to leave by coyotes telling them that they have to reach the United States before Trump takes office,” said Maria Andrea Matamoros, Honduras’s deputy foreign minister.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Wednesday that agencies were seeing a spike in the number apprehended, with thousands more than is typical being held in immigration detention facilities.

“I have authorized [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to acquire additional detention space so that those apprehended at the border and not eligible for humanitarian relief can be detained and sent home as soon as possible,” Johnson said.

“Those who attempt to enter our country illegally must know that, consistent with our laws and our values, we must and we will send you back,” he added.

But Reuters reports that Trump’s victory this month sent tremors through both the close-knit migrant communities in the U.S. and the slums of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the home nations of the vast majority of those detained.

“They tell us the new president doesn’t like illegal immigrants, but we have to take the chance,” one migrant woman said. “Nobody wants to die in a horrible way, and we can’t be in Guatemala any longer. My children are growing up in fear.”

Nearly 410,000 people reportedly have been detained at the southern U.S. border this fiscal year, a 25 percent increase over 2015.”

….Continue reading @ the Hill

DACA & DAPA Applicants First on Deportation List | Nov 11 2016

1.4 million Obama amnesty applicants on deportation hit list

– Washington Examiner


“Some 1.4 million illegals who followed President Obama’s request to sign up for two controversial amnesty programs could be among the first to face deportation under the new administration.

The reason: In exchange for getting into the two programs, they handed over their identities, home addresses, and admitted to being in the United States illegally, making them the easiest to find and legally deport.

“I was surprised anyone would be stupid enough to sign up for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Yet apparently hundreds of thousands of people did so anyway,” said John Miano of the Center for Immigration Studies.

He said in a blog post that the programs are dead under a Trump administration and those who signed up “created a list of prime candidates for deportation with names, addresses, and an admission of illegal alien status.”

…..Contiune reading @ WashingtonExaminer


Yes, Trump can boost deportations and gut the Dreamer program for young immigrants

– LA Times


“As president, Donald Trump can move swiftly to gut President Obama’s signature immigration policies by ramping up deportations and ending a program that has given temporary work permits to immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

Nearly a third of the 742,000 so-called Dreamers — those given protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — live in California and are potentially at risk of losing legal status.

Using the same executive authority that Obama claimed to create DACA and other initiatives, Trump also can quickly fulfill his promises to severely restrict the number of refugees admitted each year and to effectively bar visitors from countries with large Muslim populations.

Trump said Thursday, after meeting with Obama at the White House and Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, that immigration and border security would be among his top priorities when he takes office in January.”

“There is vast potential to increase the level of deportations without adding personnel,” said Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and a member of Trump’s immigration policy transition team.

By giving more authority to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Trump easily could boost deportations by more than 75% in his first year in office, Kobach said.

Under Trump, Kobach said, agents likely will return to raiding workplaces and checking workers’ status. That practice roiled immigrant communities in the final two years of George W. Bush’s presidency and was stopped when Obama came to office.”

…..Continue reading @ LA Times


New York and Los Angeles will remain sanctuary cities, mayors say

– DailyKos


“The mayors of New York and Los Angeles are not planning to back down to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant crusade. Both say their cities will continue to require judge’s orders to hold undocumented immigrants in jail, rather than doing so just because Immigration and Customs Enforcement asks:

“We are not going to sacrifice a half million people who live among us, who are part of our community,” de Blasio said, referring to an estimate of the number of unauthorized immigrants living in New York. “We are not going to tear families apart.”

De Blasio said Trump’s threat to withhold funds from sanctuary cities was “dangerous,” but it was too soon to tell whether the president-elect intended to follow through on all his proposals.

In Los Angeles:

“We comply with federal immigration agencies, but insist that detainer requests be handled constitutionally,” Connie Llanos, the [mayor’s] spokeswoman, said in an email.

“It is Mayor Garcetti’s sincere hope that no president would violate those principles, the very foundation of our nation, by taking punitive action on cities that are simply protecting the well being of residents.”

A lot of people are going to need to stand up to a lot of bullying if this country is going to remain a functioning constitutional democracy.”

….Continue reading @ DailyKos

Note: The Supreme Court has consistently found federal law preempts local laws:

Article VI, clause 2.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof . . . shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, and Thing in the . . .Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.