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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...

Mar. 24, 2015 EOIR Memo: Docketing Practices Relating to UACs

Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children Cases and Adults with Children Released on Alternatives to Detention Cases in Light of the New Priorities "This memorandum supersedes the September 10, 2014 memorandum entitled "Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children...

Your Editor On The Road Today, Wed., Apr. 8, 2015

Teaching 'Immigration Law 101' to fifteen top journalists at: http://justicejournalism.org/events/journalism-fellowship-2015/ ... so posting may be light until tomorrow... Follow @IJJNews on Twitter, #IJJ15

Judge Keeps Alive Battle Over Counsel For Refugee Kids

"A Washington federal judge on Monday kept alive a class action seeking lawyers for immigrant children facing removal proceedings, but trimmed the suit of three of nine named plaintiffs and a count of violating the Immigration and Nationality Act. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly...

No Papers? It's the Kids Who Suffer (Op-Ed)

"At least one of every 15 children living in the United States has an unauthorized parent, and nearly all of those children are native-born United States citizens. Think of that statistic, one in 15, the next time you drive by a school or a playground. Think of those children living with the knowledge...

Removing Insecurity: How American Children Will Benefit from DAPA

"More than five million American children — U.S. citizens or legal immigrants eligible for citizenship — will be the most important beneficiaries of the executive action on immigration issued by President Obama in November. The great majority, nearly 4.5 million, are native-born Americans;...

Regulation of Chemicals in Consumer Products on the Rise

In recent years, manufacturers have seen a marked increase in state regulation of chemicals in consumer products. While the regulation of hazardous and toxic chemicals in consumer products is certainly not a new concept, particularly on the federal level, the proliferation of state regulation creates...

Lawsuit: U.S. Citizen Children Denied Birth Certificates in Texas

"A lawsuit contends the state of Texas is routinely discriminating against the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents by denying them birth certificates. According to the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Austin, the Texas Department of State Health Services...

UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN: Actions Needed to Ensure Children Receive Required Care in DHS Custody - GAO

"What GAO Found Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued policies and procedures to evaluate, or screen, unaccompanied alien children (UAC)—those under 18 years old with no lawful immigration status and no parent or legal guardian...

TRAC: Legal Representation Makes 14X Difference in 'Women with Children' Immigration Court Cases

"Results continue to show that the single most important factor in determining outcome is whether or not these individuals are represented in their court proceedings. For cases concluded thus far, the odds of being allowed to remain in this country were increased more than fourteen-fold if women...

U.S. Refugee Crisis Shifts From Border To Courts

"[T]he number of children arriving at the border has sharply decreased, in part because Mexico has been returning children to their home countries before they can reach the United States. But the crisis has not ended. It has simply shifted. It is playing out in courtrooms crowded with young defendants...

U.S. Citizen Kids' Benefits At Risk By Birth Certificate Denials in Texas

"One mother's U.S. citizen children were denied entry to Head Start. Another U.S-born child was kicked out of school. A mother stopped by police was interrogated over whether she was truly her U.S. citizen child's parent. These are some of the experiences that U.S-born children in Texas...

Report: Immigrant Family Detention Harming Kids' Health

"A new report finds that despite reforms to the family detention system, parents held at a Pennsylvania facility are still struggling to be released and are worried that their children's mental health and well-being could be in jeopardy. The report , released Wednesday by Human Rights First...

Guilty Plea in Ohio Egg Farm Slavery Case

Two defendants plead guilty to forced labor scheme that exploited Guatemalan migrants at egg farms "A leader of a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to charges that he lured Guatemalan minors and adults into the United States on false pretenses, then used threats...

Will Judge Gee's Order Cover Berks? Lawyers Are Dubious

Anthony Orozco, Reading Eagle, Sept. 15, 2015 - "While a federal judge has ordered undocumented immigrant women and children to be released from U.S. detention centers, it remains unclear what that means for the Berks County Residential Center. Local and national immigration advocates have expressed...

MPI Event, Sept. 21, 2015 - Left Behind: How the Well-Being of Children Is Affected by Parental Deportation

MPI - "Currently, an estimated 5.3 million children live with unauthorized immigrant parents, and 85 percent of these children are U.S.-born citizens. While the Obama administration has initiated some policies to reduce the impacts of parental deportation on children, they remain vulnerable to separation...

Cyrus D. Mehta - Save the Children Under the New Visa Bulletin

Cyrus D. Mehta, Sept. 18, 2015 - "The changes made to the priority date system in the October 2015 Visa Bulletin have been positive and will provide much relief to beneficiaries of visas petitions caught in the employment and family-based backlogs. There will be two dates for the very first time...

Jones Day Leads Immigration Pro Bono Push for Refugee Kids, Moms

Stephen J. Brogan, Oct. 2015 - "A relatively recent study found that 75 percent of represented children were granted the right to remain in the United States as compared to 15 percent of unrepresented children. Since these children are usually in the custody of adults who are themselves illegal...

With few lawyers, child migrants fight alone in court to stay in the U.S.

Ivette Feliciano, PBS Newshour, Nov. 8, 2015 - "Unlike criminal court, in immigration court, the federal government is not required to provide lawyers to defendants who cannot afford them — not even unaccompanied minors like Jessica. But whether or not they have a lawyer makes a big difference...

ACLU Practice Advisory: Representing Immigrant Children Following Release from Border Patrol Custody

ACLU, Nov. 2015 - "This practice advisory provides a guide for attorneys working with immigrant children who have previously been detained by U.S. immigration officials and placed in removal proceedings."

Thousands of Kids Ordered Deported - With No Lawyer

David Rogers, Politico, Nov. 18, 2015 - "Newly released government records show the heavy cost imposed on the very youngest of the child migrants from Central America after President Barack Obama chose to accelerate their deportation hearings in the summer of 2014. In the first 13 months, nearly...

Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling

AILA, CLINIC, AIC, HRF, RAICES, Dec. 24, 2015 - "Attorneys and advocates called the government to account for rushing detained children and mothers through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger; glaring due process violations have led to the deportation of families with valid...

Refugee Kids Find Mixed Results in Texas

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 4, 2015 - "The handwritten paper sign inside the temporary shelter elevated the hope of the freshly arrived migrant boys: “United we are invincible.” ​But by the end of the day, other Central Americans who arrived more than a year ago weren’t...

MPI Webinar Jan. 13, 2015 - A Profile of Children with Unauthorized Immigrant Parents in the United States

MPI Jan. 2016 - "Research finds that growing up with unauthorized immigrant parents places children at a disadvantage. Over the past decade, legislation that would provide a pathway to legal status for these parents stalled in Congress several times, and last year federal courts blocked implementation...

TRAC Report: Potential Impact of Immigration Raids Targeting Women with Children

TRAC, Jan. 14, 2016 - " Earlier this month the Obama Administration announced immigration raids that would be targeting women and children. While ICE has not released figures on the number of families that could potentially be targeted in future raids, a total of 18,607 "women with children"...