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Asylum Hearings Rescheduled As Judges Prioritize 'Remain-In-Mexico' Program

Aug. 23
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Asylum-seekers in San Diego often have to wait years for a final hearing in front of an immigration judge. This week, the government abruptly rescheduled many of those cases, as it began to prioritize the cases of asylum-seekers they’ve sent back to Mexico.

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San Diego Judge Grants ICE Request To Force-Feed Russian Detainee On Hunger Strike

Aug. 23
By City News Service

According to court documents, he has been refusing medical examinations and food, but the court papers filed by the government do not say why he began his strike.

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Federal Judge Rules That Immigration Law Is Unconstitutional

Aug. 22
By Associated Press

A federal judge in Kansas has ruled that a law making it a crime to "encourage" or "induce" immigrants to enter or live in the country illegally is unconstitutional.

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Trump Revives Suggestion He'd End Birthright Citizenship

Aug. 22
Colleen Long / Associated Press

He said birthright citizenship was "frankly ridiculous." "We're looking at it very, very seriously," he said.

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Doctors Say New Rule Will Mean Sicker Immigrants

Aug. 21
Sophia Tareen / Associated Press

Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, as well as food stamps and other forms of public assistance.

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Trump Administration Moves To End Limits On Child Detention

Aug. 21
Colleen Long / Associated Press

The move is almost certain to spark a new court fight over the government's ability to hold families until their cases are decided.

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Why A Group Of San Diegans Wants To Build A West Coast Statue Of Liberty

Aug. 20
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

For the last year, the San Diego Organizing Project has raised money to build a 40-foot monument inspired by the Statue of Liberty that overlooks the U.S.-Mexico border.

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US Attorney's Office Made Thousands Of Improper Prosecutions To Achieve 'Zero Tolerance'

Aug. 20
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

In July, an appeals court found that more than 4,000 illegal immigration convictions were improper. The decision to charge migrants under the wrong statute was prompted by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy.

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San Diego's Chaldean Community Reeling After Deported Chaldean Man's Death In Iraq

Aug. 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Earlier this month, Jimmy Aldaoud, a Chaldean man from Michigan, died shortly after being deported to Iraq. He was one of the first Chaldeans, a group of Iraqi Christians, to be deported to Iraq following a 2017 agreement between Iraq and the United States.

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Migrant Kids Separated At Border Faced Abuse In Foster Homes

Aug. 16
Garance Burke, Juliet Linderman and Martha Mendoza / Associated Press

A review of 38 legal claims obtained by The Associated Press — some of which have never been made public — shows taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $200 million in damages from parents who said their children were harmed while in government custody.

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Panel Rules Soap, Sleep Essential To Migrant Kids' Safety

Aug. 15
Amy Taxin / Associated Press

A panel of judges on Thursday dismissed an appeal by the U.S. government that contended detained immigrant children might not require soap during shorter stints in custody under a longstanding settlement agreement.

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Documents Allege Serious Medical Neglect Inside Otay Mesa Detention Center

Aug. 15
Maya Srikrishnan/VOSD

Detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center allege serious medical conditions are being ignored or treated insufficiently, according to court documents and other public records obtained by Voice of San Diego. Lawyers say they’re having a harder time lately securing parole for detainees with serious medical conditions.

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President-Elect Says Guatemala Can't Do Migrant Deal With US

Aug. 14
Sonia Perez D. / Associated Press

The agreement signed in July by the outgoing administration of President Jimmy Morales would require migrants from other countries who cross into Guatemala to apply for asylum there rather than in the U.S.

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New Rule Could Lead To Decline In Legal Immigration

Aug. 12
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The government has finalized a new rule that would disqualify immigrants from legal residency if they've used a variety of public benefits.

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Former Acting ICE Chief Talks Workplace Raids And How Unauthorized Labor Drives Economy

Aug. 12
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Last week’s ICE raids in Mississippi, which led to the arrest of 680 people, was described as "record setting" raids in terms of size and scope. Does this signal a shift away from the targeting of people with criminal records, as was the priority under the Obama administration, and back to the days of large workplace raids, which were popularized under the George W. Bush era?

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