Manuel Madrid

Manuel Madrid is a writing fellow at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Border Wall or No, Immigrants Will Soon Have to Scale a Paywall

Proposed new Trump administration rules could keep low-income immigrants from applying for green cards or citizenship.

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee New citizens take the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Oakland Park, Florida. trickle-downers_54.jpg J ust in case his border wall won’t be sufficient to keep out immigrants, President Trump is erecting a paywall as well. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to restrict access to fee waivers used by low-income immigrants applying forU.S. citizenship, green cards, and various other immigration benefits, potentially pricing out tens of thousands of low-income applicants as a result. The USCIS proposal , which was published last October, would reverse an Obama-era policy that loosened eligibility requirements for waiving agency fees. The types of applications affected by the reversal range from more mundane activities, like replacing a green card or registering a permanent residence, to matters of vital importance. USCIS waivers can be used by immigrants to...

ICE Now Locks Up Everyone

The agency no longer recommends release for detainees with no criminal records, and refuses to release information about its shift to mandatory detention for all.

AP Photo/Richard Drew, File Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee in an apartment building, in the Bronx borough of New York, during a series of early-morning raids. A s the Trump administration continues its anti-immigrant salvos at the border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ramped up its aggression domestically. ICE is now not only arresting more people than it has in years, it’s also opting to lock them up whenever possible, whether they’re criminals or not. In an attempt to accommodate President Trump’s anti-immigrant posture, the agency has launched indiscriminate raids on immigrant communities, borrowed funds from other Homeland Security agencies to pay for more jail beds, and even tweaked its own risk assessment software to recommend mandatory detention for every person in its custody. It’s this last change, carried out silently by by the agency in 2017, which has become the target of a recent lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties...

Can the House Stop Trump’s Gross Immigration Abuse?

An overdue reform agenda awaits investigations and hearings.

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/via AP Images When Republican Darrell Issa (right) was chair of the House Oversight Committee under President Obama, he issued more than 100 subpoenas. Incoming Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (left) probably has a few subpoenas of his own he'd like to issue. This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . W ith the midterm elections over and Democrats back in control of the House, the Trump administration will no longer be able to count on congressional Republicans to protect its nativist agenda. The new House majority comes with committee chairmanships and accompanying subpoena power. Although the prospect of impeachment has been teased, the “I” word that features in the Democratic leadership agenda at present is immigration, which looks to be a priority for various committees. One of the first orders of business will be taking a closer look at the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children...

Trump’s New Opportunity Zones Look Great for Investors

Whether they’ll actually help their intended beneficiaries—poverty-stricken neighborhoods—is a lot less clear.

AP Photo/Julio Cortez A man walks by a closed restaurant along Bergen Street in a so-called opportunity zone in Newark, New Jersey. trickle-downers_35.jpg L ike kids before a piñata, investors and real-estate developers have been lining up to cash in on a new suite of tax cuts for investments in low-income areas, known as “opportunity zones.” Now, with the release of much-anticipated guidelines by the Trump administration, the party can finally begin. The opportunity zone program, one of the rare provisions in last year’s Republican tax overhaul to receive some Democratic support, is the latest spin on a decades-old policy intended to attract capital to economically distressed areas by offering a range of financial goodies, such as tax benefits and subsidies. With sufficiently lucrative incentives available, the theory goes, wealthy investors will happily put their dollars into small businesses, local infrastructure, and housing in areas otherwise starved of investment. Sounds like a...

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