Immigration Law

    • 16 Aug 2019

    Detained Children Must Have Adequate Food, Hygiene Items: Court

    Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15, 2019 "In a case that dramatized the plight of children detained at the border, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order requiring immigration authorities to provide minors with adequate food, water, bedding, toothbrushes and soap. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by the Trump administration to an order by a Los Angeles...
    • 16 Aug 2019

    Coalition of State AGs Oppose Trump Asylum Rule: Letter

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Aug. 15, 2019 "California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today led a multistate coalition in filing a comment letter opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to illegally limit access to the asylum process. Under the rule, individuals entering the United States at the southern border, except in limited circumstances...
    • 15 Aug 2019

    Second Lawsuit Filed Against 'Public Charge' Rule

    Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Aug. 14, 2019 "Attorney General Bob Ferguson today co-led a coalition of 13 states in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over changes to the “public charge” rule that target immigrants and their families. The 169-page complaint , filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, asserts that the Trump...
    • 14 Aug 2019

    DOJ Attack on Immigration Judges 'Union Busting Plain and Simple'

    NAIJ, Aug. 12, 2019 "Trump Administration Seeks to Silence Federal Immigration Judges’ Union DOJ Files Legal Documents to End the Labor Rights of Judges Retribution for Speaking Out and Exposing Problems in the Courts Judges Make Bipartisan Appeal Asking Congress to Create an Independent Court Free From Political Influence On Friday, August 9, the U.S. Department of Justice filed legal documents with...
    • 14 Aug 2019

    California Counties File First Lawsuit Over Trump's 'Public Charge' Rule

    Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, Aug. 13, 2019 "Two California counties on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Trump administration's new "public charge" rule that allows the government to deny entry or green cards to immigrants based on their use of public programs like food stamps and Medicaid. Representatives for Santa Clara County and San Francisco filed the suit seeking a temporary injunction...
    • 13 Aug 2019

    Expert: New 'Public Charge' Rule Likely to Mean More Green Cards Denied

    Tessa Berenson, Brian Bennett, Time Magazine, Aug. 13, 2019 "Immigration groups vowed to fight a Trump Administration plan to deny green cards to applicants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other forms of public assistance, as experts warned the change would disproportionately affect low-income immigrants. Starting Oct. 15, if an applicant for a green card is deemed “more likely than not” to become...
    • 8 Aug 2019

    Migratory Notes 126 (Aug. 8, 2019)

    Migratory Notes 126 (Aug. 8, 2019) - Mass Latino shooting, Mississippi raids, growing fear...and much, much more.
    • 8 Aug 2019

    Massive ICE Raids in Mississippi "For Show" to "Send a Message" and "Create More Fear"

    Hamed Aleaziz, Buzzfeed News, Aug. 8, 2019 "In total, some 680 suspected undocumented workers were arrested Wednesday after ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations agents swept through seven agricultural plants in the state as part of a criminal investigation. Deportation officers and HSI agents arrested the workers as they served criminal search warrants at the food plants. ... John Sandweg, former acting...
    • 6 Aug 2019

    ICE Jail in Colorado Uses Solitary Confinement

    Susan Greene, Colorado Independent, Aug. 6, 2019 "ICE has a long, yet little-known record of holding detainees in solitary confinement – a term the agency forcefully rejects, preferring “segregation” in “Restricted Housing Units” (RMUs) or “Special Management Units” (SMUs), instead. Whatever the nomenclature, ICE is isolating some detainees 22 to 23 hours a day in cells...
    • 5 Aug 2019

    Why I Resigned as an Immigration Judge

    Ilyce Shugall, Aug. 4, 2019 "I have been an immigration lawyer dedicated to fairness and due process for immigrants my entire career. In 2015, convinced that my 18 years of experience as an advocate would make me a good immigration judge, I applied for the job. Most immigration judges are former attorneys from the chief counsel’s office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, former assistant U.S....
    • 5 Aug 2019

    Syria Is Not Redesignated for TPS, Despite Ongoing Armed Conflict

    Melissa Cruz, Immigration Impact, Aug. 2, 2019 "After months of uncertainty, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Thursday that it will extend—but not redesignate—Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria. This life-saving humanitarian program protects foreign nationals from being deported back to a country that is facing ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other temporarily...
    • 2 Aug 2019

    From Colorado, Labor Trafficking News

    Sarah Tory, High Country News, July 29, 2019 "Phyllis Adkins, 65, had known William and Leonida Sackett for six years before she met the people who would later become their victims. Like the Sacketts, Adkins owned a farm in Rocky Ford, Colorado, a small, tight-knit community where neighbors are like family. So when Leonida was able to help her brother, Esmeraldo Echon Jr., emigrate from the Philippines in 2011...
    • 2 Aug 2019

    Migratory Notes 125 (Aug. 1, 2019)

    Migratory Notes 125 (Aug. 1, 2019) - Climate driver, foster care, Marine smugglers...and much, much more!
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Access to Attorneys Difficult for Those Required to Remain In Mexico

    TRAC, July 29, 2019 "Since this administration announced the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) on January 24, 2019 , more commonly referred to as "Remain in Mexico," the number of individuals and families diverted to this program has been expanding rapidly. This report takes an early look at one key challenge these individuals face: finding an attorney to help them successfully argue their asylum claims...
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Questions Surround Secretive US-Guatemala Agreement

    Susan Gzesh, July 30, 2019 "Less than two weeks after Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales abruptly cancelled a White House visit, President Donald Trump bullied his way to securing what the Trump administration is calling a “Safe Third Country” agreement with Guatemala. It is unclear, however, what the agreement signed on July 26 actually contains – and whether, if ever, it will take effect. ....
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Cyrus Mehta: Need to Plan Ahead Before Sponsoring a Senior Parent for a Green Card

    Cyrus Mehta, July 29, 2019 "Many US citizens, especially those who have recently naturalized, desire to sponsor their senior parents for lawful permanent residence, also colloquially known as the green card. A US citizen can sponsor a parent for a green card as an immediate relative by filing Form I-130 under INA 201(b)(2)(A)(i). Immediate relatives are not subject to quotas that can take many years to clear, and...
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Experts: Obama Adjusted Immigration Policies

    Amelia Thomson DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight, July 31, 2019 "Immigration policy experts like Chishti think Obama deserves credit for adjusting his policies as his presidency went on. According to estimates by Chishti’s group , by the end of Obama’s presidency, as many as 87 percent of unauthorized immigrants were not priorities for removal. “Interior removals fell hugely and he never got credit for...
    • 26 Jul 2019

    Expert: Under Trump, ICE Can 'Round Up Anybody'

    Ben Leonard, Steve Contorno, Tampa Bay Times, July 26, 2019 "Despite Trump’s claims, ICE is arresting way more immigrants without criminal records — especially in Florida. In Florida, arrests of undocumented immigrants without prior convictions are seven times higher than they were under Obama, the largest surge in the country. Five days after his 2017 inauguration, Trump signed an executive order directing...
    • 25 Jul 2019

    Migratory Notes 124 (July 25, 2019)

    Migratory Notes 124 (July 25, 2019) - Restrictionist road, human barriers vs raids, asylum switch...and much, much more!
    • 25 Jul 2019

    Expert Predicts 'Surge' then 'Decline' due to EB-5 Investor Visa Rule Changes

    Shilpa Phadnis, TNN, July 25, 2019 "The US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced an increase in the standard minimum investment amount to $1.8 million, from $1 million. For high unemployment areas, the amount has been increased to $900,000, from $500,000. This marks the first revision to the programme after 1993 and USCIS said it was done to account for inflation. Under the programme...
    • 24 Jul 2019

    Lawsuit Challenges Surveillance of Border Lawyers, Activists

    Sam Levin, The Guardian, July 24, 2019 "The US government has interfered with humanitarian aid work at the US-Mexico border by monitoring activists, restricting their travel and detaining them, a new lawsuit alleges. In a complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the FBI, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleges that the US government...
    • 24 Jul 2019

    Expansion of Expedited Removal: Why Pushing to the Limits of the Statute Unconstitutionally Deprives People of Due Process of Law

    David Isaacson, July 24, 2019 "The Trump Administration published an announcement in the Federal Register on July 22, 2019 stating that beginning the next day on July 23, it would exercise its full statutory authority to place in expedited removal proceedings essentially all “aliens determined to be inadmissible under sections 212(a)(6)(C) or (a)(7) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA or the Act...
    • 23 Jul 2019

    American Citizen Imprisoned by ICE for Three Weeks in Texas

    Obed Manuel, Dallas Morning News, July 22, 2019 "An 18-year-old Dallas-born U.S. citizen has been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more than three weeks, his attorney says. Now his family fears he may be deported. ... The Dallas Morning News reviewed a copy of the birth certificate and it lists Galicia as having been born at Parkland Memorial Hospital...
    • 22 Jul 2019

    Expert: Expanded Expedited Removal Could Trigger Unintended Consequences

    Tom Hals, Reuters, July 22, 2019 "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday it will order more speedy deportations of immigrants who crossed illegally and are caught anywhere in the United States, expanding a program typically applied only along the southern border with Mexico. ... The policy will create chaos and fear in immigrant communities, and could have unintended consequences, said Stephen...
    • 22 Jul 2019

    DHS Notice Expanding Expedited Removal: What You Need To Know

    Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, July 22, 2019