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Trump Names Alexander Acosta as New Pick for Labor Secretary

-- by Jonnelle Marte, The Washington Post:

A day after the dramatic exit of one of his Cabinet nominees, President Trump on Thursday named former U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta as his next pick for labor secretary.

California Members of Congress Say They Aren't Getting Answers on Immigration Raids

-- by Sarah D. Wire, The Los Angeles Times:

Several Democratic members of California's congressional delegation said Tuesday they still don't have details about who in their districts was arrested in last week's immigration raids, and why they were targeted.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to discuss the raids, but the meeting was abruptly canceled. And they're pretty unhappy about it.

The U.S. Has Detained a Mexican Immigrant in Seattle Covered by Obama's DACA Program

-- by Dan Levine and Christina Cooke, Reuters:

U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.

Do Voter Identification Laws Supress Minority Voting? Yes. We Did the Research

- by Zoltan L. Hajnal, Nazita Lajevardi and Lindsay Nielson, The Washington Post

Federal Agents Conduct Immigration Enforcement Raids in at Least Six States

- by Lisa Rein, Abigail Hauslohner and Sandhya Samahekhar, The Washington Post:

U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least a half-dozen states this week in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Trump’s Jan. 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.

Not Just "Bad Hombres": Trump Is Targeting Up to 8 Million People for Deportation

-- by Brian Bennett, The Los Angeles Times:

When President Trump ordered a vast overhaul of immigration law enforcement during his first week in office, he stripped away most restrictions on who should be deported, opening the door for roundups and detentions on a scale not seen in nearly a decade.

What Immigrants Need to Know About Trump's Order

-- by Saeed Ahmed, CNN:

Amid the confusion over President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration, immigrants -- those living in the United States and those wanting to travel here -- are understandably worried. Here are some things you need to know:

How do I know if it affects me?

How Trump's Rush to Enact an Immigration Ban Unleashed Global Chaos

-- by Michael D. Shear and Ron Dixon, The New York Times:

As President Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Friday, shutting the borders to refugees and others from seven largely Muslim countries, the secretary of homeland security was on a White House conference call getting his first full briefing on the global shift in policy.

The "Supply Problem" Delusion of Immigration Control

-- by Erik Sherman, Forbes:

That people want to control the borders of the U.S. is understandable and reasonable. You wouldn't expect the doors of your house to gape at all hours so strangers could wander in as they wished. But the adamant insistence Donald Trump and his supporters have for building a wall on the border with Mexico is an example of a mistake that Americans regularly make.

Trump's Immigration Plan is Illegal

-- by David J. Bier, for The New York Times:

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday that purports to bar for at least 90 days almost all permanent immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Syria and Iraq, and asserts the power to extend the ban indefinitely.

But the order is illegal. More than 50 years ago, Congress outlawed such discrimination against immigrants based on national origin.

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