CGRS denounces the Trump Administration’s planned raids targeting immigrant and asylum-seeking families. According to the latest media reports, the raids are slated to commence in the predawn hours this Sunday. At the president’s behest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected to target up to 2,000 families in major U.S. cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco.

On Wednesday CGRS Director Professor Karen Musalo appeared as an expert witness before the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Professor Musalo was called to provide testimony on the current state of the U.S. asylum system in light of proposed amendments to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

On May 8, 2019, the Ninth Circuit granted the Trump Administration’s request for a stay of the preliminary injunction issued in Innovation Law Lab v. McAleenan, allowing the government to continue its forced return policy. “The government’s policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico violates our domestic laws and international obligations," CGRS Co-Legal Director Blaine Bookey said. "We remain hopeful that the courts will soon put an end to this cruel and unlawful policy once and for all.”