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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.

'I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba,' President Donald Trump declared in June, announcing yet another rollback or rescission of Obama-era policies. And those new rules went into effect this week, banning Americans from doing business with 180 listed entities with ties to the Cuban military, intelligence, and security services, including over 80 hotels, stores, marinas, tourist agencies, and industries owned by the government or its subsidiaries.

So you may want to hold off packing your bags for a Havana getaway -- while U.S. citizens are prohibited from traveling to or doing business in Cuba entirely, there are some additional restrictions you should know about.

When word got out that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had three U.S. passports to his name when he was indicted on federal money laundering, false statement, and conspiracy against the United States charges, the first question that popped up for most people was: Just how many U.S. passports can one person have?

The short answer is one. The long answer involves some exceptions that allow a person to hold multiple U.S. passports, and it's not clear which, if any, applied in Manafort's case.

As the Trump administration ramps up its immigration reforms and enforcement, sanctuary cities and states have found themselves squarely in the federal government's legal crosshairs. The lawsuits have been flying, and people are wondering whether immigration enforcement agents will respect churches as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants.

Although U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement designates churches as "sensitive" places to be avoided when making arrests, living in a church -- or a sanctuary city or state -- is no guarantee against deportation. Here's what you need to know.