Court blocks part of Alabama immigration law

"Today, the federal district court in Montgomery temporarily blocked a section of Alabama anti-immigrant law HB 56 that threatens to push families who cannot prove lawful status out of their homes. A civil rights coalition filed a lawsuit challenging this application of Section 30, which...

Judges give low marks to lawyers in immigration cases

"The performance of many lawyers who represent immigrants facing deportation in New York has long been considered mediocre. But in a new report that seeks to measure the extent of the problem, immigration judges themselves step forward and offer a scathing assessment of much of the lawyering...

How can we expect our clients to comply with address change rules when EOIR won't?

Posted by Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - EOIR Fails to File Change of Its Own Chicago Address With Itself "The EOIR issued an official announcement on December 1, 2011 indicating a move on December 7 . but it never bothered to change its own web page to reflect this. ...

CA11 Blocks Two More Provisions of Alabama's HB56

"A federal appeals court Thursday blocked two sections of Alabama's immigration law, which is known as HB 56, in­cluding one that had been par tially enjoined by a U.S. Dis­trict Judge in Montgomery. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals enjoined Section 27 of the law, which forbids...

Tuition Rulings 'Straightforward' - Olivas

"The latest ruling came on Friday from a federal court in Florida, which threw out state regulations defining American children of parents without legal immigration status as out-of-state residents, ineligible for tuition breaks given to state residents at public colleges and universities. ... In...

Fix Immigration by Improving Its Justice System

"Administrative reform (which Congress should enact into law rather than trust the agency to promulgate) must begin with a change to the USCIS rules which now limit the types of parties (a) who are permitted to appear before the agency and (b) the even smaller population of persons and organizations...

Federal Court Rules Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated Constitution

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio relied on racial profiling and illegal detentions to target Latinos , a federal district court said today. The ruling comes following a three-week trial in July and August 2012 over a pattern of unlawful practices by Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s...

N.Y. Ct. App. on Court Advisals: People v. Peque

"[F]undamental fairness ... requires a trial court to make a non-citizen defendant aware of the risk of deportation because deportation frequently results from a non-citizen's guilty plea and constitutes a uniquely devastating deprivation of liberty." - People v. Peque, Nov. 19, 2013 ....

Backlog Crushes El Paso Immigration Court Docket

"A shortage of immigration judges across the nation has caused a massive pileup of thousands of cases across the country. The backlog of cases hits especially hard in the Borderland where some people have to wait up to four years to go before an immigration judge. "It's just amazing how...

Accuracy for Adoptees Act Amends INA Sec. 320 [Post Expanded]

RECOGNITION OF STATE COURT DETERMINATIONS OF NAME AND BIRTH DATE - Section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1431) is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘‘(c) A Certificate of Citizenship or other Federal document issued or requested to be amended under this section...

BIA Sets Oral Argument in Vides-Casanova Case: Feb. 6, 2014

"The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals will hear arguments on the appeal by former Minister of Defense of El Salvador, General Carlos Eugenio Vides-Casanova, of an immigration court decision ordering him to be removed from the U.S. for his role in widespread human rights abuses committed in El Salvador...

Settlement Reached in Class Action Lawsuit Challenging the Shackling of Immigrants in Court

"An historic settlement was reached Thursday in a class action lawsuit between immigration authorities and immigrants who are held in custody during their civil immigration proceedings in San Francisco. The settlement brings an end to the federal government’s practice of forcing detained immigrants...

Denver Lawyers Sue for Immigration Court Access

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, DHS agents (the Federal Protective Service) denied entry to the federal building in Denver housing the Immigration Court unless attorneys and their clients showed government-issued ID and submitted to an NCIC (National Crime Information Center) background check. Rather...

DHS Cowed, Settles Denver Immigration Court Access Lawsuit

"The Federal Protective Service has a heavy responsibility. Their mission is to keep federal properties safe and secure for employees, officials and visitors, alike. One such property is the newly renovated Byron G. Rodgers Federal Building in downtown Denver. Among other tenants in this otherwise...

Court Imposes Deadlines on DOL for H-2A, H-2B RFIs: International Labor Management Corp. v. Perez

"Employers using the H-2A and H-2B guestworker programs may get some relief from government-caused delays following a recent federal court decision holding that the Labor Department must follow the statutory and regulatory time frames for issuing notices and certifications. In International Labor...

Reporters Shut Out of Immigration Courts

"On July 28, investigative reporter Carroll traveled to the Artesia detention center on the grounds of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) to report the story. In the preceding days she had exchanged emails arranging access with media representatives for US Immigration and Customs...

Immigration Removal Orders Rise, But With Wide Variation By Court: TRAC

"The U.S. Immigration Court is granting a greater proportion of the deportation orders that are being requested by the government. According to the latest case-by-case records, current through the end of November 2014, the Immigration Court granted 54.8 percent of such orders issued during the first...