Immigration Law

    • 24 Sep 2021

    CBP Falsified Records in Death of Boy

    Robert Moore, El Paso Matters, Sept. 17, 2021 "A new report details “deeply troubling failures” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the 2019 death of a Guatemalan boy in the agency’s custody, including the creation of false records suggesting he was monitored during the night, the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security said Friday. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who leads...
    • 23 Sep 2021

    ICE Records Received Through FOIA Confirm Need for Increased Oversight of Agency’s Arbitrary and Unfair Parole Decisions for Asylum Seekers

    Human Rights First, Sept. 23, 2021 "Records received by Human Rights First from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the agency systematically and arbitrarily failed to release detained asylum seekers on parole and set other outrageous conditions for release. The Biden administration should act swiftly to create independent oversight of ICE parole...
    • 23 Sep 2021

    GAO: EOIR Flubs Stakeholder Engagement, COVID Response

    GAO, Aug. 31, 2021 "What GAO Found The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) took steps to modify immigration court operations and guidance to respond to COVID-19. For instance, EOIR implemented health and safety measures at immigration courts, such as requiring social distancing. From mid-March 2020 until mid-June 2020, EOIR also temporarily suspended hearings for individuals...
    • 22 Sep 2021

    $500K Boost for UNLV Immigration Clinic

    UNLV, Sept. 21, 2021 "The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law announced today that the Clark County Commission approved a $500,000 allocation, which will be distributed over two years, to the UNLV Immigration Clinic . This additional funding will support the clinic’s work providing legal defense to people facing deportation, especially unaccompanied children and those in detention. The allocation matches a...
    • 22 Sep 2021

    GAO: USCIS Should Address Growing Caseload

    GAO, August 2021; released Sept. 17, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services processes millions of applications and petitions from noncitizens who want to temporarily stay or live in the country, obtain work authorization, or become U.S. citizens. We looked at USCIS's efforts to reduce its pending caseload, which has increased by 85% in recent years. Policy changes, longer forms, staffing issues, and...
    • 22 Sep 2021

    Florida’s Racist Anti-Immigrant Bill Overturned in Federal Court

    Coalition email, Sept. 22, 2021: "A federal court ruled that key sections of Florida’s anti-sanctuary law violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, delivering a decision that strikes a major blow to the state’s anti-immigrant policy makers and a decisive victory for communities who fought to defeat the law beginning in 2019. In response to the Judge’s 110-page decision, the coalition...
    • 21 Sep 2021

    Feds Pay $125K to American Citizen Illegally Imprisoned by ICE

    NWIRP, Sept. 21, 2021 "U.S. Government Agrees to $125,000 Settlement for U.S. Citizen’s 7-Day Detention at the Northwest Detention Center FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 21, 2021 Media contact: Matt Adams, NWIRP (206) 501-6249; matt@nwirp.org SEATTLE, WA – Today, Carlos Rios, a citizen of the United States since 2000, agreed to end his lawsuit against the U.S. government after reaching a settlement...
    • 21 Sep 2021

    US/Mexico/Canada Border Restrictions Extended Again

    " This document announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border. Such travel will be limited to “essential travel,” as further defined in this document. DATES: These restrictions go into effect at 12 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time...
    • 20 Sep 2021

    Biden Proposes Raising Refugee Cap to 125K in FY2022

    State Department, Sept. 20, 2021 "Today, the State Department is reaffirming our commitment to refugee resettlement in line with our long tradition of providing a safe haven and opportunity to individuals fleeing persecution. With the world facing unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs, the United States is committed to leading efforts to provide protection and promote durable solutions to humanitarian...
    • 20 Sep 2021

    Advocates Protest Biden/Mayorkas/Garland Defense of Title 42

    71 organizations, Sept. 17, 2021 "Dear President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, and Attorney General Garland: In the wake of multiple federal court decisions holding that your administration’s policies are likely unlawful, we, the 71 undersigned organizations, are appalled that you have chosen to file a notice of appeal in the Huisha-Huisha litigation, resisting an order to process the protection claims of families...
    • 17 Sep 2021

    Hispanic Federation Launches ‘Caminos De Esperanza’ Initiative To Help Tackle Immigration Case Backlog

    Matthew Peddie, WMFE, Sept. 17, 2021 "The Hispanic Federation says it will help fund organizations across the country which are working on a backlog of immigration cases. Eleven organizations will each receive a $100,000 grant through the federation’s Caminos de Esperanza initiative: "Hispanic Federation’s new Caminos de Esperanza Initiative supports direct legal representation to the most vulnerable...
    • 17 Sep 2021

    Report: ICE Kicks Mentally Ill Prisoners to Street With No Notice to Counsel, Families

    Erica Bryant, VERA, Sept. 2021 "[A]ttorneys report this pattern: people who have been declared mentally incompetent due to cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses are ejected from immigration detention facilities without any notice to their attorneys, families, or caregivers and are left to fend for themselves in places like parking lots and bus stations, with only the clothes they had when they were arrested...
    • 17 Sep 2021

    Will Humanitarian Parole Rescue These Afghan Lawyers?

    Diana Jones, Reuters, Sept. 16, 2021 "The International Academy of Trial Lawyers will sponsor a move to bring four Afghan attorneys and their families, who face danger from the Taliban due to their work, to the United States under a program that could grant them temporary entry and the opportunity to apply for asylum. The names of the Afghan attorneys, who are facing threats from the Taliban due to their work in...
    • 16 Sep 2021

    Notre Dame Law Student Helps Win Asylum for Salvadoran Mother and Child

    Amanda Gray, Notre Dame Law News, Sept. 15, 2021 "A young mother and child from El Salvador were granted asylum in the United States last week, thanks to the legal advocacy of Notre Dame Law School student Sophia Aguilar. Aguilar, a third-year law student, worked with her client through the Law School’s National Immigrant Justice Center externship . Her client fled gender violence in El Salvador and came...
    • 16 Sep 2021

    Cook County PDs to Provide Representation in Immigration Court

    Mauricio Peña, Block Club Chicago, Sept. 15, 2021 "The Cook County Public Defender’s Office soon can represent non-citizens in court regardless of immigration status, a victory for advocates who have fought for more legal representation in deportation proceedings. Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle joined other officials and immigrant rights organizers Tuesday to celebrate the signing of the Defenders...
    • 16 Sep 2021

    Free Webcast: Migration in the Media - Telling the Stories (Sept. 22, 2021)

    eCornell Keynotes - MIGRATION IN THE MEDIA - Telling the Stories - Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12pm EDT "In this moment of hyper-politicized border and migration issues, questions of representation are crucial. This roundtable of scholars, journalists, and practitioners will address the needs and challenges of producing stories about complex border issues along with the potential for different stories to effect...
    • 14 Sep 2021

    CLINIC on the Family Reunification Task Force

    Michelle Mendez, CLINIC, Sept. 13, 2021 - "The Family Reunification Task Force , established in February 2021 pursuant to Executive Order 14011 seeks to bring families separated pursuant to the Trump administration’s family separation policy back together and provide all formerly separated families with support. The Task Force, led by Michelle Brané, has identified 1,841 children who have not been reunified...
    • 14 Sep 2021

    Expert: Threading "Thick" Immigration Reform Package Through Reconciliation's "Very Small Legislative Needle"

    Haris Alic, Washington Times, Sept. 14, 2021 "Even if Democrats win [Senate Parliamentarian] Ms. MacDonough ‘s approval for the procedural questions, they’ll still have a hard time maintaining unity in their ranks over the policy, said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a law professor and immigration scholar at Cornell University . “In sum, to succeed, Democrats must thread a very thick immigration string through...
    • 13 Sep 2021

    Dreamers And Legal Immigration Changes Highlight New House Bill

    Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Sept. 13, 2021 "A new House bill could provide green card relief for thousands of individuals and families waiting years in backlogs and grant legal status to millions of immigrants living in the United States without legal status. Although the bill does not contain permanent structural changes to the legal immigration system, it would likely allow more individuals to gain permanent residence...
    • 13 Sep 2021

    Immigration Courts Struggle to Manage Expanding Family Asylum Dedicated Docket: TRAC

    TRAC, Sept. 13, 2021 "During the month of August, the Biden administration stepped up the assignment of asylum-seeking families arriving at the border to the Immigration Court's new "Dedicated Docket" program. As of August 31, 2021, Immigration Court records indicate that a total of 16,713 individuals comprising approximately 6,000 families are now assigned to this program. But alongside the growing...
    • 13 Sep 2021

    Threading the MPP ("Remain in Mexico") Needle: Not Rocket Science, But Tricky for Biden

    Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, Sept. 12, 2021 "A string of recent court decisions has put President Biden in a predicament: Re-implement his predecessor's Remain in Mexico policy in good faith or turn to Trump-era tactics to dismantle the divisive immigration rule. ... [T]he government does not have to restart MPP overnight and that it has the discretion to allow some migrants to enter the country to pursue asylum...
    • 13 Sep 2021

    Groups Launch Global Strategic Litigation Council for Refugee Rights

    Cornell Law, Sept. 13, 2021 "A first-of-its-kind Global Strategic Litigation Council for Refugee Rights comprised of more than two dozen refugee rights groups was launched today with leadership and support from Cornell Law School’s Migration and Human Rights Program and Professor Ian M. Kysel. [Read the Concept Note here.] Until now, there has been no single group dedicated to developing strategic litigation...
    • 11 Sep 2021

    Two Immigration Lawyers Reflect on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

    Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box, Sept. 11, 2021 "It is hard to believe that 20 years have gone by since planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in DC and into a field in Pennsylvania instead of Capitol Hill killing just under 3000 people. These cataclysmic events on September 11, 2001 forever changed the role of immigration lawyers. For the past 20 years, our mission...
    • 11 Sep 2021

    Expert: 9/11 Derailed Bush's Intended Immigration Reforms

    Jorge Cancino, Univision, Sept. 10, 2021 "In 2001 President George Bush seemed ready to push for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress. The 9/11 terrorist attacks changed all that," says Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration practice at Cornell Law School . "Suddenly, instead of thinking of immigrants in a positive light, Americans perceived them as threats to national security. For that...
    • 11 Sep 2021

    States Welcome Afghan Refugees

    LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, Sept. 10, 2021 "Thirty-five state governors from both parties say they will welcome Afghan refugees forced to flee their country because of the Taliban takeover. “We’re a state of refuge,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) as he welcomed Afghan refugees to California. Across the country, on her second day in office, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) issued a statement saying...