Preliminary rulings could be handed down as soon as this week from any one of three courts that are holding hearings this week on lawsuits that are seeking to block the revised Executive Order on refugee admissions, immigration, and travel to the United States that the President Donald J. Trump signed last week.
Three Federal District Courts to Hold Hearings in Lawsuits that Seek to Block Implementation of Trump’s Revised Refugee Admissions/Travel Ban Executive Order
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Among other things, the revised order cuts refugee admissions to the United States by 60 percent for the current fiscal year; halts refugee admissions to the United States, altogether, for 120 days while the Administration undertakes a study of the security of the U.S. refugee admissions program (USRAP); bars for 90 days travel to the United States for the passport holders from six predominately-Muslim countries pending a study of security procedures with respect to the admission of nationals from those countries; and implements a yet-to-be-defined regime of “extreme vetting” for all persons seeking entry to the United States.
Trump Said to be Readying Requests for Dramatic Increases in Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Spending in Forthcoming FY '18 Budget Blueprint
Tuesday. March 14, 2017
The Administration has set Thursday, March 16, 2017, as the date on which it will submit its budget blueprint to Congress. However, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has indicated that the submission could actually come a day earlier, on Wednesday, March 15th.
Administration officials have said that the blueprint that will be delivered to Congress will not contain detailed estimates for revenue or address entitlement spending. Rather, officials say, it will provide a blueprint for where the Administration wants to do with defense and non-defense discretionary spending.
President Trump Signs Revised Refugee Admissions/Travel Ban Executive Order
Tuesday. March 7, 2017
Trump Paints Dystopian Picture of Immigrants and Immigration During His First Address to a Joint Meeting of Congress
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Click on the Play Button, above, to see immigration- and immigrant-related video excerpts from President Donald J. Trump's February 28, 2017, Address to a Joint Meeting of Congress
In remarks that were peppered throughout with references to immigrants and immigration, President Donald J. Trump painted a dark, dystopian image of immigrants and immigration as he delivered the first address to a joint meeting of Congress of his presidency.
The President's first prime time Address was delivered on Tuesday, February 28th, to a packed House Chamber and a world-wide audience via television, radio, and the internet. It was devoid of any mention of the positive attributes of immigrants past or present. Instead, the President portrayed immigrants as a threat to public safety, a threat to jobs for Americans, and a drain on public resources.
Immigration Mentions and References. The president made seven different references or mentions of immigrants or immigration during his Address. In all, he devoted 937 of the 5,037 words in his address to the two subjects. Both the number of references and the number of words devoted to the subjects are records for presidents making Addresses to Congress.
While the President gave a nod to the possibility of enactment of bipartisan immigration reform legislation, he spoke of that possibility in terms of protecting the U.S. from those who would do the nation harm, and he did not at all address his view of what the fate should be of the millions of undocumented migrants currently living in the United States.
Trump Expected to Sign Revised Refugee
Admissions/Travel Ban Executive Order
Monday, February 27, 2017