In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests

Renewal applications for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program can be resubmitted, after mail delays caused the rejection of dozens of applications that arrived after the deadline.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency last week said nothing could be done; the decisions were final. But on Wednesday, the agency reversed its position. In light of the delays, it agreed to allow those rejected because of mail delays to resubmit their renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The Department of Homeland Security’s acting director, Elaine C. Duke, told the immigration agency to allow applicants to resubmit their paperwork if they have proof that they mailed their renewal in a timely manner and that the reason it missed the Oct. 5 deadline was because of Postal Service delays. Homeland Security issued the guideline in a statement Wednesday night.


Justice Department   threatens to Cut Oregon Federal Grant Funds Over Immigration Policies

The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that the state of Oregon and Multnomah County are among so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that could lose public safety grants unless they prove they don’t have laws and policies that allow withholding information from immigration agents.

A preliminary review found that sections of Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office policy, a state statute and a recently signed state law that expands sanctuary protections could violate federal law, the Justice Department said in letters requesting a response by Dec. 8.

“Jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the role of law,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.



Seattle, King County Receive Immigration Warning Letter from DOJ

The Department of Justice has sent a letter to Seattle, King County, and other so-called sanctuary cities saying some immigration policies might violate federal law and that could jeopardize federal grants.

The Justice Department has threatened to cut off millions of dollars in federal grants to cities if they don’t meet certain criteria for cooperating with immigration officials. The letter went to 29 cities, counties, and states. It tells Seattle and King County officials to submit a joint response by Dec. 8.


Different Views on an Immigration Meeting

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the city’s law enforcement policies regarding immigrants.

The Justice Department earlier this year said New Orleans could lose grant money for failing to comply with federal law. After Thursday’s meeting the department issued a statement saying the city has committed to sharing information with federal law enforcement authorities.

IBM Urged to Avoid Working on ‘Extreme Vetting’ of U.S. Immigrants

A coalition of rights groups launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to declare that it will not develop technology to help the Trump administration carry out a proposal to identify people for visa denial and deportation from the United States.

President Donald Trump has pledged to harden screening procedures for people looking to enter the country, and also called for “extreme vetting” of certain immigrants to ensure they are contributing to society, saying such steps are necessary to protect national security and curtail illegal immigration.

The rights group said the proposals run counter to IBM’s stated goals of protecting so-called “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation.


Court Officers are Aiding in Immigration Arrests, Say Lawyers

The Immigrant Defense Project, a legal services and advocacy organization that has been monitoring the phenomenon, says that including arrests made outside of city court buildings, the city courthouse has arrested 67 immigrants so far this year.

By mid-morning Wednesday, that count had been brought up to 69, as ICE arrested two more noncitizens at Brooklyn Criminal Court, OCA confirmed. As word spreads of ICE arrests in courthouses, more and more immigrants are choosing to just stay home, dropping cases against predatory employees and abusive spouses for fear of being deported.

Since President Donald Trump widened the immigration enforcement dragnet early this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have taken pains to assure noncitizens that city and state employees, including police officers, will not assist ICE in deporting local residents. But courthouses, which ICE can enter freely, fall outside of city and state jurisdiction.

Baltimore Working to Improve Public Safety by Rreaching Out to Immigrants

Baltimore City Hall and the Police Department are teaming up in an effort to improve public safety by reaching out to immigrants in the city.

The city has partnered with the nonprofit Open Society Institute on the program to allow immigrants arrested by federal immigration enforcement agents to receive free legal aid. The effort is part of the Safe Cities Initiative announced earlier this year that helps connect people facing deportation with legal help.

Bank of America CEO Warns Immigration Crackdown Could Crimp Economy

Bank of America Corp. CEO Brian Moynihan has waded into the national debate over immigration, warning that a slowdown in the influx of workers from abroad could crimp economic growth.

“Immigration is a key driver of population growth, which in turn fuels the economy,” he said this week at a financial-industry conference in Boston, according to the American Banker. And immigrants represent a key source of labor and consumption for local businesses.

Moynihan said at the industry conference that tighter immigration policies could undermine any benefit the U.S. economy gets from Trump’s proposed tax cuts, the American Banker noted.

Federal Reserve President Says Country Needs More Immigration to Save Economy

The U.S. economy faces higher deficits, reduced government benefits and near-zero interest rates unless policymakers act aggressively, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said Thursday.

One suggestion she has to accelerate growth and address declining productivity is immigration. Her remarks took direct aim at a priority of the Trump administration to curtail the inflow of foreigners, particularly from countries with large Muslim populations.

“Policies that increase the growth and productivity of the workforce would address not only fiscal imbalances but the downward pressure on longer-run growth from demographics or other sources,” she said.