Local Advocates React To Series Of Moves By Trump Administration On Immigration

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This photo shows the Statue of Liberty on a stormy afternoon in New York on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. A biographer of poet Emma Lazarus on Wednesday challenged a comment by the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, explaining that Lazarus' words were her way of urging Americans "to embrace the poor and destitute of all places and origins." (Kathy Willens/AP)
This photo shows the Statue of Liberty on a stormy afternoon in New York on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (Kathy Willens/AP)

It feels like a month that has changed the game on immigration policy, even in an administration that has been restricting immigration from the start.

The Trump White House has made a number of significant moves on immigration policy this month. From changes in public charge rules — a move that was long planned — to the sudden announcements that asylum officers in Boston would be moved to the border, and immigrants with deportation deferrals due to severe medical conditions now have 33 days to leave the country.

The Washington Post also reported this week that President Trump suggested he would pardon aides if they broke the law in order to get the border wall built before the next election. The White House says he was joking.


Sarah Sherman-Stokes, Boston University law professor and associate director of Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Clinic. @sshermanstokes.

Marion Davis, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, which tweets @MIRACoalition.

This segment aired on August 29, 2019.


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