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Open Letter to White House from Law Professors on Unaccompanied Central American Children

"We are a group of professors and researchers with experience teaching and practicing in the areas of immigration, human rights, and international law, primarily at U.S. universities, colleges, and law schools. We write to offer our counsel to you and your administration as you respond to the refugee...

Law Profs Write to Obama on Prosecutorial Discretion

"As immigration law teachers and scholars, we write to express our position on the scope of executive branch legal authority to issue an immigration directive to protect individuals or groups from deportation. We do not take a formal position on what steps the administration should take. Rather...

Artesia: 'Far Worse' Than Imagined

"Based on hundreds of interviews with these detained families that our expert lawyers have conducted, AILA has concluded that Artesia is a due process failure and a humanitarian disaster that cannot be fixed and must be closed immediately. Attorneys with long histories of representing clients at...

Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children Cases: OCIJ Letter

"This summer, we added new priorities to our pre-existing priority for detained cases. These new priorities include cases involving unaccompanied children (UCs), adults with children who are detained (AWC/D) and adults with children who are released as an alternative to detention (AWC/ATD). The...

The Congressman Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks: Michael A. Olivas

"Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) has written a letter to the Houston Chronicle indicating that I have misunderstood his views on the efficacy and legitimacy of Deferred Action and other forms of prosecutorial discretion, in my November 22, 2014 op-ed , also appearing in the Houston Chronicle....

NYC Bar Association’s Opposition to Expansion of Detention for Immigrant Mothers and Children - Letter to White House

"[T]he Administration’s plan to jail unprecedented numbers of families and young children while expediting their removal proceedings will lead to large-scale due process violations and the erroneous removals of legitimate refugees and others entitled to international protection. This plan...

USCIS Claims it Does Not Rely Exclusively on EDGE Database for Educational Opinions; We Disagree

"In a March 13, 2014 letter to Joseph Crowley, Member, US House of Representatives, recently obtained by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, USCIS Chief James W. McCament claims that, “USCIS does not endorse or encourage the use of EDGE over other types of credible resource material...

Letter to Obama: Close Dilley - Central American Refugee Crisis Demands Humanitarian Response, Not Show of Force

"We, the undersigned civil rights and civil liberties, human rights, faith, immigration, labor, criminal justice, legal, children’s rights, and domestic violence advocacy organizations, oppose the opening of the new family detention facility in Dilley, Texas. While Congress and the Administration...

OSC Guidance: Employee Admits Original I-9 Documents Were Fraudulent - Bruce Buchanan

"On January 8, 2015, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) issued a Technical Assistance Letter (TAL) concerning potential discrimination issues arising when an employee presents an employer with new work authorization documents and admits that documents...

AILA Letter to USCIS: Continue to Process H-2B Cases

"AILA sent the following message to USCIS, asking the agency to resume processing of H-2B petitions already filed, and to accept and process H-2B petitions supported by temporary labor certifications issued prior to March 4, 2015. Dear Director Rodríguez: The American Immigration Lawyers...

Legal Experts: Hanen Injunction Blocking DAPA 'Deeply Flawed'

"A group of 104 legal scholars and immigration law instructors signed a statement calling the Texas judge's decision that blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action "deeply flawed." In their statement provided to NBC News and made public Friday, the group...

Detention of Refugees Illegal Under Penn. Law - Letter to Attorney General

"A group of immigration attorneys and advocates representing mothers and children being held at a family immigration detention center in Pennsylvania have requested the state attorney general close the facility. The Berks County Residential Center is unlawfully imprisoning children under Pennsylvania...

ABA President: Detention of Refugee Moms, Kids "Inconsistent with Fundamental Principles of Liberty"

"... Detention is neither effective nor justifiable as deterrence to migration of families and individuals fleeing violence. Such detention violates basic principles requiring that any deprivation of liberty be justified based on individual circumstances and instead serves an impermissible punitive...

ACLU Letter: J.E.F.M. v. Holder Status Update (Mar. 27, 2015)

"We write to update you on the status of J.E.F.M. v. Holder, 14-cv-01026-TSZ (W.D. Wash.), our case seeking legal representation for children in immigration proceedings, and to inform you of developments in the case that may be helpful to children who are currently unrepresented in immigration court...

DHS Head Asks For Key Reforms of EB-5 Program

"U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked lawmakers this week to consider several key changes to the EB-5 immigrant investor program, according to a letter obtained by Law360, as the program is eyed for reauthorization before it expires this fall. In the letter to high...

USCIS to DACA Recipients: Return 3-Year EADs

AILA reports: " USCIS sent a letter to DACA recipients who have not returned their three-year EAD, stating "USCIS must receive your EAD by 7/17/15. Failure to return the invalid EAD without good cause may affect your deferred action and employment authorization." On July 7, 2015, Judge...

AILA Practice Alert: USCIS Taking Extreme Measures to Retrieve Erroneously Issued 3-Year DACA EAD

AILA Doc No. 15070802 | Dated July 14, 2015 As a result of the judge's July 7, 2015 order threatening contempt citations in the ongoing litigation in Texas v. United States , USCIS advised stakeholders in a telephone call on the evening of July 13, 2015, that it is implementing additional,...

170 Groups Tell DOJ To End Criminal Prosecution of Refugees at Border - Law360

Law360, July 30, 2015 - "More than 170 civil rights, human rights and faith-based groups urged the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday to stop criminally prosecuting immigrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum, saying the prosecutions almost exclusively target Latinos and are...

Can L.A. County Sheriff McDonnell Thread PEP-Trust Act Needle?

NILC, Sept. 23, 2015 - "The Los Angeles County sheriff announced Tuesday his newest plan to further entangle the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) harsh deportation policies. The sheriff’s proposal would allow ICE full...

16 House Members Ask DOS, DHS for #VisaGate2015 Info

House letter, Oct. 28, 2015 - "[W]e request that you provide the estimated number of eligible applicants under the initial Visa Bulletin filing dates and the estimated number of eligible applicants under the revised Bulletin. To the extent possible, please provide a breakdown of these projections...

Immigration Raids Target Disabled Refugees

Yale Law School Immigration Clinic, Jan. 5, 2015 - "By letter delivered this morning, more than 150 organizations served notice on federal officials that many of the Central American refugees targeted in recent immigration raids are disabled, as that term is defined under the Rehabilitation Act...

Dems Blast Obama, DHS for Deportation Raids: Letter

Washington Post, Jan. 12, 2016 - "The escalating tensions between Democrats and the Obama administration over its deportation raids targeting Central American immigrants burst into public view on Tuesday, with more than 140 House members blasting the round ups and the White House dispatching a top...

Senators Call for Halt to Raids

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Jan. 22, 2016 - "U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and twenty of their Senate colleagues to send a letter to President Obama calling for an immediate halt to the Department of Homeland Security’s recent targeted arrests...

USCCR Calls for Halt to Raids

USCCR, Jan. 22, 2016 - "By majority vote the Commissioners of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (“Commission”), have issued a letter that requests the immediate end of the raids currently being carried out by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and Immigration...

270+ Organizations Ask White House for TPS for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

NIJC, Jan. 25, 2016 - "More than 270 organizations sent a letter to President Obama this morning asking his administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a form of temporary immigration relief, to undocumented immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in light of pervasive...