Let's see what's happened in the past week, and what we can look forward to for the next week:
Balancing the country's budget. President Trump has released vague details about his upcoming federal budget proposal in anticipation of his address to the joint section of Congress tonight. Highlights include massive increases to military spending and immigration enforcement, and cuts to social services, arts, science, education, foreign aid, etc... Over the next seven months we'll be focused on budget negotiations and the impact they will have on immigrant communities in New York. Read more about immigration and the federal budget in this Immigrant Action blog post.
DHS memos. DHS released two memos that provide the blueprint for implementing the Administration's cruel and unjust border and interior enforcement executive orders from the first weeks of his Administration.The memos propose making every undocumented immigrant a priority for deportation, expanding expedited removal and obliterating due process, and criminally prosecuting parents of undocumented children.
Reprieve for DACA? In his unhinged press conference last week, Donald Trump rambled about immigration policy a few times. After a direct question on DACA, Trump responded, "We are going to deal with DACA with heart. I have to deal with a lot of politicians, don't forget, and I have to convince them that what I'm saying is right." And in a heartening note, the FAQs for the DHS memos specifically state that DACA is not impacted.
Travel ban 2.0. We're expecting a revised Muslim and refugee travel ban executive order from Trump this week, possibly tomorrow. This new executive order, coming on the heels of the Ninth Circuit Court's decision to uphold the temporary restraining order, flies directly in the face of a new report from DHS. Spoiler alert, the report concludes that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.” Doesn't seem like Trump wants to listen to his own agency.
- Quote of the week (from the LA Times): "Behind President Trump’s efforts to step up deportations and block travel from seven mostly Muslim countries lies a goal that reaches far beyond any immediate terrorism threat: a desire to reshape American demographics for the long term and keep out people who Trump and senior aides believe will not assimilate."
Days in office: 40
Days until 2020 election: 1,344