Immigration Law

    • 6 Oct 2022

    Expert on Fifth Circuit DACA Decision

    Jorge Cancino, Univision, Oct. 6, 2022 "The future of the nearly 700,000 beneficiaries of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains uncertain following the ruling issued Wednesday by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals…...“The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the challenge to the DACA program must come back for further review by a lower court”...
    • 5 Oct 2022

    Groups Detail "Grave Concerns" to Garland re Dedicated Docket

    106 legal services providers, Oct. 5, 2022 "On May 28, 2021, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) jointly launched a “Dedicated Docket” to quickly process the cases of families seeking asylum in the United States who entered between ports of entry.1 We write to express our grave concerns with how this initiative has played out in its first year. The undersigned 106 legal service...
    • 5 Oct 2022

    ACLU to CBP: Stop Trashing Asylum Seekers’ Possessions

    Melissa del Bosque, The Border Chronicle, Oct. 4, 2022 "For years, Border Patrol agents have trashed peoples’ documents and possessions at the border. But since the pandemic, the practice has escalated, further dehumanizing asylum seekers and violating the federal agency’s own policy regarding personal belongings, according to the ACLU and a coalition of immigrant advocacy organizations. The requirement...
    • 4 Oct 2022

    The Economic and Fiscal Effects on the United States from Reduced Numbers of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

    Michael A. Clemens, May 2022 "International migrants who seek protection also participate in the economy. Thus the policy of the United States to drastically reduce refugee and asylum-seeker arrivals from 2017 to 2020 might have substantial and ongoing economic consequences. This paper places conservative bounds on those effects by critically reviewing the research literature. It goes beyond prior estimates by...
    • 4 Oct 2022

    Building Our Common Home: Honoring the Dignity and Resilience of Migrants

    2022 Hybrid Academic and Policy Symposium November 09, 2022 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM (ET) Building Our Common Home: Honoring the Dignity and Resilience of Migrants Join the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) for its annual Academic & Policy Symposium on November 9, 2022, from 9:00am – 5:00pm (ET). This hybrid event will take place at the law offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson...
    • 4 Oct 2022

    Important Free Webinar, Oct. 13, 2022: Nativist Extremism

    MIRR Alliance - Register here for this free webinar, Oct. 13, 2022 How did nativist extremists capture the GOP, strangle immigration reform—and what to do about it? "Strong nativist sentiment, once relegated to the ideological fringes, has found a home in the Republican Party. Today, an increasingly acrimonious culture war powered by anti-immigrant posturing and contemporary narratives of fear has paralyzed...
    • 4 Oct 2022

    Green Card Solutions

    Solutions for the Family Member Who Did Not Get the Employment Based Green Card with the Principal Family Member on September 30, 2022 Cyrus D. Mehta & Jessica Paszko, Oct. 1, 2022 "This past month, we said our goodbyes to summer beach days and cookouts, welcomed the crisp autumn weather, crossed our fingers for clients with current employment-based priority dates and hoped that they would be one of the lucky...
    • 30 Sep 2022

    The Budgetary and Economic Tradeoffs of Reducing the Immigration Backlog

    Gordon Gray, American Action Forum, Sept. 29, 2022 "There are about 8.6 million immigration benefit applications pending before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, of which 5.2 million are considered part of the agency’s backlog. While the agency has faced backlogs before, disruptions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic substantially increased benefit application backlogs. Eliminating the...
    • 30 Sep 2022

    "Looking for Animals to Shoot"

    TEXAS JAIL WARDEN CHARGED WITH KILLING MIGRANT WAS PREVIOUSLY ACCUSED OF SERIOUS ABUSES - Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, Sept. 29, 2022 Warden of West Texas immigration detention center arrested in migrant’s death was previously accused of abusing detainees - ALEJANDRO SERRANO, URIEL J. GARCÍA AND WILLIAM MELHADO, Texas Tribune, Sept. 29, 2022 "The men, per the Times, said in interviews with law...
    • 28 Sep 2022

    Podcast: Stephen Yale-Loehr and The Stories of Immigrants

    Rational Middle, Sept. 28, 2022 " Stephen Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law at Cornell Law School , joins host Chris Lyon this week. They discuss Yale-Loehr’s work in immigration law and research on refugees in America."
    • 26 Sep 2022

    Cornell Law School Welcomes New Immigration Postdocs and Scholars

    Cornell Law, Sept. 26, 2022 "In 2021, Cornell Law School received a grant of $1.6 million from the Charles Koch Foundation for a two-year project to study ways to improve immigration law and policy. Thanks to that generous funding, the Law School has hired two postdoctoral research associates and two distinguished visiting scholars to expand upon its research capabilities in this area. According to Stephen Yale...
    • 26 Sep 2022

    DHS Extends, Redesignates TPS for Burma

    USCIS, Sept. 26, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced  an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma for an additional 18 months, from Nov. 26, 2022, through May 25, 2024, due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Burma that prevent individuals from safely returning. In addition, DHS announced a redesignation of Burma for TPS for the same reason, allowing Burmese nationals...
    • 24 Sep 2022

    Hon. Dana Leigh Marks on Immigration Law Reform

    Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, Sept. 20, 2022 "After 45 years in the field of immigration law — 35 years on the bench, deep in the belly of government bureaucracy, preceded by 10 years as an attorney in private practice representing families and businesses who wanted help obtaining legal status for relatives and employees — I have learned a thing or two about immigration law and policy. Despite my retirement...
    • 23 Sep 2022

    H-2A Sheepherders in Colorado: NYT

    Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Sept. 23, 2022 "Mr. Mendoza, 46, has spent most of the past decade living in these rugged, remote mountains, herding sheep raised for wool and meat from spring to fall. “You live in complete solitude, just you, your animals and your thoughts,” he said, gazing at the windswept tundra below the soaring Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn peaks. He is among some 2,000 herders, most...
    • 23 Sep 2022

    The Statue of Liberty Plan: A Progressive Vision for Migration in the Age of Climate Change

    Deepak Bhargava, Rich Stolz, Aug. 24, 2022 "Climate change and mass migration are reshaping politics, economies, and livelihoods around the world—and they are increasingly connected. Climate change has already forced people across the globe to leave their homes to seek safety and sustainable livelihoods, and the pace of climate migration will continue to accelerate as the climate warms. Sudden-onset disasters...
    • 22 Sep 2022

    Citizenship Discrimination Settlements (CarMax, Axis Analytics, Capital One Bank, Walmart)

    DOJ, Sept. 21, 2022 "The Department of Justice today announced that it entered into another four settlements to resolve claims that companies discriminated against non-U.S. citizens by posting job opportunities with unlawful citizenship status restrictions on college job recruiting platforms. These four agreements add to the department’s recent settlements with 16 other companies to resolve similar claims...
    • 21 Sep 2022

    Due Process Disaster in Immigration Court

    Jason Dzubow, Sept. 21, 2022 "It is not easy to convey the magnitude of the ongoing disaster at EOIR, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the office that oversees our nation’s Immigration Courts. Simply stated, the agency is rescheduling and advancing hundreds–maybe thousands–of cases without notifying attorneys, checking whether we are available to attend the hearings or checking whether...
    • 20 Sep 2022

    Latest ICE Detention Data Riddled With Errors

    TRAC, Sept. 20, 2022 "ICE’s latest release of detention data is, once again, riddled with errors. ICE’s data on Alternatives to Detention wrongly reports enrollments of 96,574 people, because the agency mistakenly released data from May 2021 rather than September 2022. (The actual number is closer to 300,000.) ICE’s reported data on immigrant detention facilities shows a similar but even more...
    • 20 Sep 2022

    The Smoking Gun in Martha's Vineyard

    Judd Legum, Popular Information, Sept. 19, 2022 "Popular Information has obtained documentary evidence that migrants from Venezuela were provided with false information to convince them to board flights chartered by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). The documents suggest that the flights were not just a callous political stunt but potentially a crime. ... Popular Information ... has obtained a brochure that was...
    • 20 Sep 2022

    Texas Sheriff Launches Investigation into Florida Flying Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

    Alishba Javaid, Texas Tribune, Sept. 20, 2022 "Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar has launched a criminal investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flying 48 migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard last week. The decision comes on the heels of immigration rights groups and Democrats accusing Republicans of exploiting vulnerable migrants for political points by promising them jobs and housing, only...
    • 20 Sep 2022

    Detention Empire: Reagan's War on Immigrants and the Seeds of Resistance

    Prof. Kristina Shull, Sept. 14, 2022 "... My forthcoming book, Detention Empire , zeroes in on the early 1980s as a critical turning point in the rise of mass incarceration. An event known as the Mariel Cuban boatlift, a large-scale migration of 125,000 Cubans to south Florida during the summer of 1980, alongside increasing arrivals of Haitian and Central American asylum-seekers, galvanized new modes of covert...
    • 20 Sep 2022

    Asylum Seekers are Legally in the US Notwithstanding the Political Stunts of Governors Abbott and DeSantis

    Cyrus Mehta, Kaitlyn Box, Sept. 19, 2022 "In a reprehensible political stunt, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas and Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida sent around 150 immigrants to liberal states by bus and plane last week. Some of these individuals were abruptly dropped out outside Vice President Harris’ residence in Washington, D.C., while others were transported to Martha’s Vineyard. These immigrants,...
    • 19 Sep 2022

    How a Medical Examiner’s Office Transformed to Address Migrant Deaths

    Caroline Tracey, High Country News, Sept. 19, 2022 "The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner began to coordinate its response to migrant death in May of 2002, when 14 people — 13 migrants and a suspected guide who remains unidentified to this day — died in the desert southeast of Yuma, Arizona, on a 115-degree day. They were found more than 50 miles from the highway, headed in the wrong direction...
    • 19 Sep 2022

    Did DeSantis and Abbott Break Law with Migrant 'Stunt'? Experts Weigh In

    Tom Norton, Newsweek, Sept. 17, 2022 "Florida governor Ron DeSantis was strongly criticized this week after claiming responsibility for ordering two planeloads of migrants to travel from Texas to Martha's Vineyard. ... California Governor Gavin Newsom has said that DeSantis should be investigated for possible kidnapping and racketeering charges for the move, calling on the Department of Justice to act. ......
    • 16 Sep 2022

    Gov. DeSantis, Human Trafficker?

    By now, you have read the news: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard, in Massachusetts, at taxpayer expense. Was that legal? And who is the mystery woman "Perla?" Explore these questions here , here , here and here .