Are the Courts Fed Up With America's Badly Broken Immigration Laws?

"Last week a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals looked at five immigration cases , turned to the Department of Homeland Security, and effectively said, "Really!? Are you really going to deport these people? Or are you going to use your common sense and focus your...

The State of Immigration Courts: A View from the Inside

"The problems plaguing the Immigration Court system have been documented for years. ln 1983, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was created to provide independence and insulation for the immigration courts from the enforcement functions of the Immigration and Naturalization Service...

Removal of 190,000 Sought in US Immigration Courts in FY 2013: TRAC

" TRAC projects that in fiscal year 2013 the U.S. government will file actions in Immigration Court seeking to remove over 190,000 individuals from the country, according to the latest data extending through the end of August 2013. The estimated total does not count those individuals deported administratively...

ICE Raids at California Courthouses

"Sergio Villatoro was waiting to pay a traffic ticket at the Kern County courthouse in Lamont, California, when the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid began. ICE agents blocked all of the exits. Although ICE agents made no attempt to establish Mr. Villatoro’s identity –...

Migrant Cases' Fast Track Stirs Alarm

"A Justice Department push for immigration courts to prioritize cases involving unaccompanied minors has raised concern among lawyers and judges that the move could undermine children's rights and lead to an even greater backlog of cases. On Monday, attorneys here representing minors seized...

Holder: Lawyers for Refugee Kids a 'Moral Obligation'

"Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border — even as his department takes the opposite position in court. Holder said Friday in a speech to the Hispanic National Bar Association that, “Though...

NYC Sets Up a Help Desk for Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court

"New York City has set up a help desk in federal immigration court to put unaccompanied children in touch with educational and health services. Three workers from the departments of Education and Health were sitting at a desk in the hallway of Immigration Court in downtown Manhattan this week in...