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Razor wire is strung along the U.S. and Mexico sides of a port of entry in El Paso, Texas, along with a sign that reads "Danger, do not enter."

Trump Administration to Collect DNA Samples from Asylum-Seekers

The information will be added to an FBI database used to track down criminals.

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Immigration Court Backlog Now Exceeds 1 Million Cases

“Until we fix the design defect of having a court in a law enforcement agency, we will not be able to address the backlog in a fair and effective manner.”

Eric Garner protest.

Feds Won't Charge NYC Officer in Eric Garner's Death

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death at the hands of a New York Police Department officer, the Department of Justice says it will not bring civil rights charges against his killer.

A Mexican lighthouse shines above the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, CA, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico on November 16, 2018.

Immigrant Advocacy Groups Seek Restraining Order to Block Trump Asylum Policy

They hope to prevent government officials from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their cases can be heard in the United States.

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Department of Justice Sues California for Passing #NetNeutrality Protections

The Golden State passed a bill with the strictest net neutrality rules—and as Black and Brown activists consider it a victory, the federal government disagrees. 

Jeff Sessions further limits judicial independence of immigration judges

Attorney General Further Limits Judges' Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

Critics say the new directive from Jeff Sessions is the latest in a series of moves designed to limit judicial independece and integrity.

People stand behind white privacy screens that say, "vote"

ICE Requests Millions of North Carolina Voting Records

State officials say complying with the request will prevent them from preparing for the general election. Critics say the request is brazen attempt to suppress voting rights for people of color.

Federal judge encouraged by new government plans to reunify families separated by Trump's immigrant family separation policy.

Government Submits New Plan to Reunite Separated Immigrant Families

The blueprint calls for several government agencies to work with non-governmental organizations and foreign governments to reunify children with deported parents in their “country of origin.”

Judge Orders Trump Administration to Fully Restore DACA

Judge Orders Trump Administration to Fully Restore DACA

He concluded that the Department of Homeland Security did not provide a “coherent explanation” for terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program.

Protesters outside. Brown woman in front wears red shirt, white and black sign behind her reads "No human is illegal. #DeportTrump."

Department of Justice Instructs Agency Press Officers to Call Immigrants 'Illegal Aliens'

From the directive: “The word ‘undocumented’ is not based in U.S. code and should not be used to describe someone’s illegal presence in the country.” But the referenced code does not include the word “illegal,” either.

Judge green-lights lawsuit claiming Trump's cancellation of deportation protections, TPS, motivated by race.

Judge Approves Lawsuit Challenging Trump's Termination of Deportation Protection

The suit alleges that the Trump administration’s cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 immigrants was motivated by race.

Feds reopen investigation into Emmett Till's death.

Department of Justice Reopens Investigation Into Slaying of Emmett Till

Citing new information in the case, the federal government will again examine the 1955 killing of the Black 14-year-old boy in Mississippi.

Brown people protest outside. One board cardboard sign reads, "I believe in affirmative action."

Trump Administration Reverses Education Affirmative Action Policy

“This is a wholly political attack.”

Brown young woman with two French braids wearing a maroon shirt holds a neon green sign that reads "Free the children."

Why Trump's Move to 'Address' Border Separations Isn't a Victory [OPINION]

“For Trump to claim he is saddened by the family separation policy he created and to offer family detention as a benevolent act reeks of cynicism and hypocrisy.”

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Department of Justice Curbs Authority of Immigration Judges

Attorney General Jeff Sessions just bared judges from pausing low-priority cases while immigrants await visa applications and criminal conviction appeals.

U.S. Agents Patrol Mexico Texas Border

Department of Justice Rescinds Plan to Halt Legal Aid for Immigrants Facing Deportation

In response to bipartisan pressure, Attorney General Jeff Sessions lifts the freeze on a program that assisted 53,000 immigrants in more than a dozen states in 2017.

Immigration Activists Rally Against President Trump's Decision To End DACA Program

Federal Judge Rules Trump Administration Must Accept New DACA Applications

The ruling forces the federal government to accept new applications for deportation protection unless the Department of Homeland Security can produce sound reasoning for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program within 90 days.

'The Waiting Game' Explores the United States' Labyrinthine Asylum Process

A new multimedia “newsgame” from ProPublica and WNYC lets readers experience the arduous journey of applying for refugee status in the United States.

Migrant detention

Department of Justice Freezes Legal Assistance Program for Detained Immigrants Facing Deportation

ACLU spokesperson: ”Each week, the Trump administration finds new and cruel ways to hurt immigrants.”

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Judge Blocks Trump's Order to Withhold Federal Funds From Sanctuary Cities

“This case is a check on the president’s abuse of power, which is exactly what the framers of the Constitution had in mind.”