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Although the U.S. department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was only created in 2003, it feels like it's been around forever. Perhaps that's due to its impact on immigrants and their families. ICE has stepped up its detention and deportation efforts over the past couple years, with immigration arrests rising 30 percent in 2017 over the previous year. Those arrests have occurred at courthouses, schools, and even hospitals.

And there has been no shortage of stories involving people, including sheriff's officers and even school principals, threatening to call ICE on people they think may be illegal immigrants. So, what should you do if someone threatens to call ICE on you or or someone you know?

The Trump administration continues to talk tough on immigration. And while some of the administration's immigration reform initiatives have been met with legal setbacks, immigration enforcement officers have been aggressive in arresting, detaining, and deporting those who have entered the country unlawfully.

The next step, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week, is a so-called "zero-tolerance policy" for illegal entry into the United States. "To those who wish to challenge the Trump Administration's commitment to public safety, national security, and the rule of law," Sessions said, "I warn you: illegally entering this country will not be rewarded, but will instead be met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice." So what does that mean? And what could the new policy mean for families?

The Trump administration has certainly been aggressive in its immigration policies, but those policies haven't fared so well in federal court. After a few circuit courts ruled against a few different version's Trump's proposed travel ban, the executive order barring entry from citizens of several Muslim-majority countries is now before the Supreme Court.

And that could be the destination for Trump's attempted roll back of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that protects individuals brought to the United States as children from deportation. A third federal court has ruled against the administration's decision to end DACA, calling it "virtually unexplained" and therefore "unlawful."

ACLU Sues ICE for Illegally Separating Immigrant Families

The Trump administration is facing another legal challenge regarding its immigration policies. We've heard about plans to deport only violent criminals, or those convicted of serious felonies. But this latest lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Massachusetts, alleges that through ICE, the administration is illegally separating immigrant families by targeting the immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens for deportation.

What, exactly, is a media influencer? According to Influencer Marketing Hub, influencers are individuals who have a following in a particular niche, with which they actively engage. Influencers can include "industry experts and thought leaders," like journalists, academics, and industry experts.

These definitions are handy if you're trying to make sense of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's announcement that it will be compiling a searchable database of media influencers that can be used to monitor social media and traditional news sources. So how scared should these media influencers be to show up on a government list?

Dreamer Students in Arizona Lose In-State Tuition

The battle over immigration wages on. You've probably heard some mention of President Trump and the courts struggling over what to do about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In the latest chapter of the saga, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that DACA students -- also called Dreamers -- cannot receive in-state tuition rates to attend Arizona schools, making higher education significantly more expensive for this subset of the population.

States Sue to Block Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

President Trump has made it clear that immigration reform is one of his priorities. So, it's no surprise that the Trump administration has decided to put a question back on the U.S. census asking about citizenship. The Justice Department asked officials to add the question about citizenship because it said that it needed better data on the voting age population in order to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.

The Secretary of Commerce, which is the department in charge of the census, agreed to grant the request. But, as with most decisions that the Trump administration makes -- especially when it comes to immigration -- many states have taken issue with this decision. In fact, several states will sue to block the citizenship question on the census.

After an infamously busy 2017 on the immigration front, the Trump administration apparently has more in store for 2018. "This president won in part on taking a tough stand against illegal immigrants just coming over the border," Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News. "People want to know that our borders are secure, and this president has a 70-point immigration plan."

That's a lot of points. So what further reforms could President Trump have planned for 2018? Here are some possibilities:

President Donald Trump entered office having made some big campaign promises regarding immigration reform. And the administration's repeated efforts to make those promises a reality have met with mixed results from legislators and courts. Given all the back-and-forth, it's been a busy year on the immigration front.

Here are the major immigration stories from 2017:

The mixed messages continue coming from the White House on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, this time with DACA recipients getting some good news. Although the Trump administration already announced plans to end DACA protections next year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is giving a second chance to immigrants whose renewal applications were rejected for missing the deadline.

If yours was one of those, you may resubmit the renewal request.