A recent federal immigration “policy alert” about cannabis is causing a stir among Alaska immigration attorneys. The new policy exposes a debate on what constitutes “good moral character.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and more than two dozen other senators wrote President Trump Friday urging that he use all available resources to reunite migrant families that were detained after crossing the southern border.
The court ruled that immigrants, even those who are permanent legal residents and asylees, have no right to periodic bond hearings, meaning they could possibly be held indefinitely in some cases.
Trump also said he was open to a larger measure overhauling immigration laws, but that it made most sense to first settle the Obama-era Deferred Action On Childhood Arrivals issue, also known as DACA.
The Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is raising the alarm about what it characterizes as a raid by federal immigration authorities in Anchorage this week. According to the ACLU, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested at least five people in Anchorage on Tuesday.
President Trump’s third executive order restricting travel from some countries to the U.S. was to go into effect on Wednesday. The judge didn’t rule on the limits affecting North Korea and Venezuela.
The Trump administration released new instructions late last month on how Homeland Security is supposed to implement immigration policies. Under the Obama administration, immigration officers focused on deporting people who committed serious crimes. Now, everyone who has violated immigration laws could be arrested, detained, and deported. These changes put some Alaskans in limbo.
Two memos, signed by Secretary John Kelly, greatly expand the number of immigrants prioritized for removal. The rules do not affect “Dreamers” — people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
It’s a messy process, and unusually slow, but President Donald Trump made headway this week in filling his cabinet. Alaska’s U.S. senators have helped him, in different degrees. With a new, colorful president in the White House, each of them has to decide how close to stand to the standard-bearer of their party.
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, told lawyers she is not convinced the president’s executive order is lawful. Trump’s attorney general pick, Jeff Sessions, is expected to be confirmed this week.