States Ready to Sue as Commerce Department Moves to Add Citizenship Question to Census

Civil rights groups, immigration advocates and state AGs prepare for what could “potentially be a long-haul flight.”

Justice Dept. Reaches Deal With West Palm Beach on Its ‘Welcoming City’ Resolution

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Feds Sue to Block California Laws Protecting Immigrants

Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, says he’ll “stay the course and enforce all our laws and protect all our people.”

Sessions Vows to Defend Presidential Powers Against State Legal Actions

The U.S. attorney general also addressed forthcoming bump stock regulations, immigration, opioids, and ‘prioritizing crime and criminal justice enforcement.’

In State of the Union, Trump Calls for Infrastructure Bill With Heavy State and Local Involvement

"Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment," the president said.

Is Trump Driving a Partisan Wedge Between Mayors?

The U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting in D.C. highlighted complicated political terrain city officials are trying to navigate.

Justice Department Tests Mayors With Its Latest Threat on Immigration Enforcement

By delaying law enforcement funds to all jurisdictions, Attorney General Jeff Sessions aims to further vilify “sanctuary cities.” “The stakes for cities here are very high.”

DOJ Sideswipes Mayors Gathering With Immigration Subpoena Threat

"As we stand here, we have 23 of our mayors that are now under threat of prosecution, because of something that the president has called 'sanctuary cities,'" said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Civil Rights Activists Won’t Let Trump’s ‘Racist’ Rhetoric Derail an Immigration Agreement

The president denied on Twitter Friday that he had called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries,” after attacking a bipartisan deal offering ex-DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship.

Trump Is Quietly Swamping Visa Applicants in Extra Paperwork

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services already has an intense vetting process, so why is it asking for more evidence in more H-1B cases?

Justice Department’s Census Citizenship Question Increases Undercounting Fears

States with high immigrant populations stand to be impacted amid fears that sharing information may lead to deportations.

Aging, Undocumented and Uninsured Immigrants Challenge Cities and States

“It’ll place a strain on the entire health care system, from primary care to hospitals,” according to Steven Wallace, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

U.S. Mayors Push for Dream Act by Year’s End

Democratic senators signaled they’re willing to increase border security to get a deal done, so long as a “pathway to citizenship” is assured and additional immigration enforcement provisions tabled.

Justice Department, Chicago Continue Their Immigration Compliance Dance

A month after the Trump administration was stopped from withholding public safety funds from the city for its “sanctuary” policies, it’s now targeting a different law enforcement grant.

Detention Push Ignites New Deportation Battles

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a $1.2 billion plan to increase detention beds by 50 percent to about 51,000 by 2018.

Justice Department Releases Immigration ‘Naughty List’ After Latest Court Loss

Attorney General Jeff Sessions now considers jurisdictions that prevent law enforcement from inquiring about immigration status in violation of U.S. Code.

Amid Immigration Crackdown, Cities Step in With Free Legal Aid

By law, if you’re charged with a crime in the U.S., you have a right to counsel, no matter your ability to pay. That’s not the case in immigration court.