Immigration Law

    • 25 Jun 2019

    Gov. Pritzker Signs Package of Legislation Enhancing Protections for Illinois' Immigrant Families

    Office of the Governor, June 21, 2019 "Making good on his promise to make Illinois a welcoming state for all, Governor JB Pritzker signed three pieces of legislation Friday to protect Illinois' immigrant community amid growing attacks from the federal government. "Illinois is and always will be a welcoming state," said Gov. JB Pritzker . "Let me be perfectly clear: the state of Illinois stands...
    • 24 Jun 2019

    Attorneys: Texas Border Facility is Neglecting Migrant Kids

    Cedar Attanasio, Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, June 21, 2019 "A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy toddler who was handed to them by a guard days ago. Lawyers warn that kids are taking care of kids, and there’s inadequate food, water and sanitation for the...
    • 21 Jun 2019

    Feds Tell 9th Circuit: Detained Kids ‘Safe and Sanitary’ Without Soap

    Helen Christophi, Courthouse News, June 18, 2019 "The Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells, despite a settlement agreement that requires detainees be kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities...
    • 21 Jun 2019

    Federal Court Enjoins ICE Courthouse Arrests in Mass.

    Kate Sullivan, CNN, June 20, 2019 "A federal judge in Massachusetts on Thursday blocked federal authorities from making civil immigration arrests inside the state's courthouses. US District Judge Indira Talwani issued a preliminary injunction that blocks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security "from civilly arresting parties, witnesses, and others attending Massachusetts...
    • 21 Jun 2019

    Expert: Limits on Indian H-1Bs Would Be 'Bad Law and Bad Policy'

    Shilpa Phadnis, TNN, June 20, 2019 " Stephen Yale-Loehr , professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School, said if the Trump administration carries through on reported plans to limit H-1B visas for citizens of India, it would be both bad law and bad policy. “Bad law because only Congress can change US immigration laws, which prohibit discrimination based on national origin; the President can’t...
    • 20 Jun 2019

    Migratory Notes 120 (June 20, 2019)

    Migratory Notes 120 (June 20, 2019) - Concentration camps, 4-month-old baby, Africans arrive...and much, much more!
    • 20 Jun 2019

    Lawsuit Challenges Systemic USCIS and ICE FOIA Delays

    AIC, June 19, 2019 "Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), individuals must receive a determination on requests for information within a maximum of 30 days. However, individuals and attorneys who file FOIAs with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for copies of immigration files, or “A-Files”, routinely face waiting times well over 30 days ⁠— in some cases, the...
    • 18 Jun 2019

    NY Gov. Cuomo Signs 'Green Light' Bill (S1747B)

    Denis Slattery, NY Daily News, June 17, 2019 "Undocumented immigrants will have access to driver’s licenses under a law green-lighted by the Legislature on Monday and signed by Gov. Cuomo hours after he’d tried to tap the brakes on the controversial measure." [More @GreenLightNYDT and ]
    • 18 Jun 2019

    Trump Threatens Deportation for 'Millions'

    Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, June 17, 2019 "President Trump said in a tweet Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation for months that aims to round up thousands of migrant parents and children in a blitz operation across major U.S. cities. ... The president’s claim that ICE...
    • 14 Jun 2019

    A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists

    Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, June 12, 2019 "[I]n June, 2018, the Board of Immigration Appeals, which reviews rulings made in immigration court, issued a two-to-one decision denying Ana’s most recent request to stay in the U.S. The judges, considering Ana’s captivity, decided that, because she had worked for the guerrillas, even under duress, she was not their victim but functionally a member of their...
    • 13 Jun 2019

    Migratory Notes 119 (June 13, 2019)

    Migratory Notes 119 (June 13, 2019) - Tariffs drama, falling undocumented immigration, coffee conundrum...and much, much more!
    • 13 Jun 2019

    The Attorney General’s Judges: How the U.S. Immigration Courts Became a Deportation Tool

    SPLC and Innovation Law Lab, June 12, 2019 "The U.S. immigration court system has failed to fulfill the legal promise of fair and impartial case-by-case review, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Innovation Law Lab. The report – The Attorney General’s Judges: How the U.S. Immigration Courts Became a Deportation Tool – is based on over two years...
    • 12 Jun 2019

    H-1B Visa Petition Revocations: the New Normal?

    Laura D. Francis, Bloomberg, June 11, 2019 "Comtrix Solutions Inc., a Virginia-based health care staffing company, got approval to bring in skilled foreign workers on H-1B visas for several clients in October 2018, six months after it applied. But by that time, the original clients had moved on because they couldn’t wait that long for workers whose appearance wasn’t even guaranteed. When the government...
    • 12 Jun 2019

    City of Albuquerque, State of New Mexico Sue Trump Administration over Immigration Policies

    Gov. Lujan Grisham, June 10, 2019 "Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced her office, on behalf of the state of New Mexico, is suing the U.S. government in an effort to halt the Trump administration’s indiscriminate practice of releasing migrants in communities in the state’s borderland area in violation of the federal government’s “safe release” policy, leaving vulnerable...
    • 12 Jun 2019

    Is USCIS Hiding Asylum Training Materials?

    Francie Diep, Pacific Standard, June 7, 2019 "It used to be that, to help refugees prepare to meet with a government officer who will decide whether they qualify for asylum, immigration lawyers would look up the documents that the government used to train that asylum officer. The documents typically outline international obligations that the United States has to protect those who fear persecution in their home...
    • 10 Jun 2019

    Ken Cuccinelli, USCIS and the FVRA: Steve Vladeck

    Steve Vladeck, June 10, 2019 " The last time I wrote about the Trump administration’s abuse of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA) of 1998 , I opened with Yogi Berra’s famous quip that “it’s like déjà vu all over again.” Two months later, maybe the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” is a better frame. To make a long story short, the administration has installed...
    • 10 Jun 2019

    Fallout from Trump’s Muslim Ban: Requiring Use of Social Media on Visa Application Forms - Cyrus Mehta

    Cyrus Mehta, June 10, 2019 "On May 31, 2019, the State Department added new questions to visa application forms , DS-160/DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application and Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application. Visa applicants now have to disclose the social media platforms that they have used within the previous five years and provide their user names or handle for each platform. This information needs to be provided...
    • 10 Jun 2019

    ICE Failed to Follow Policies on Noncitizen Veterans: GAO Report

    Maria Ines Zamudio, WBEZ, June 7, 2019 "Hundreds of noncitizen veterans were placed in removal proceedings during the past six years despite policies to consider their service in deportation cases and to provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants serving in the U.S. military. Of the 250 veterans facing deportation, 92 were removed from the country, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability...
    • 7 Jun 2019

    Border Patrol Bus Searches: Passengers Have Right to Refuse to Answer Questions

    Adiel Kaplan and Vanessa Swales, NBC News, June 5, 2019 "Mercedes Phelan was confused last April when Border Patrol agents boarded the Greyhound bus she was riding in Pennsylvania and asked her if she was a citizen. Ten months later, when she says they asked the same thing on an Amtrak train in Syracuse, N.Y., she was mad. "I was super angry because [they were] obviously profiling," said Phelan, who...
    • 6 Jun 2019

    Migratory Notes 118 (June 6, 2019)

    Migratory Notes 118 (June 6, 2019) - More children could die, DHS in Guatemala, 2.2 million diapers...and much, much more!
    • 6 Jun 2019

    DHS OIG Finds 'Egregious Violations' of Immigration Detention Standards

    DHS OIG, June 3, 2019 "Overall, our inspections of four detention facilities revealed violations of ICE’s 2011 Performance-Based National Detention Standards, which set requirements for facilities housing detainees. This report summarizes findings on our latest round of unannounced inspections at four detention facilities housing ICE detainees. Although the conditions varied among the facilities and not every...
    • 5 Jun 2019

    Making the Case for Expanding a Foreign National’s Interest in an I-140 Petition

    Cyrus D. Mehta & Patrick Matutina, June 5, 2019 "Current regulations generally preclude beneficiaries from participating in employment-based immigrant visa proceedings, including post-adjudication motions and appeals. The employment-based immigrant visa petition is Form I-140 that is filed by an employer on behalf of a foreign national beneficiary who is being sponsored for permanent residency under the employment...
    • 4 Jun 2019

    Mnuchin, Bolton Clamp Down on Cuba

    AP, June 4, 2019 - "The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, including a ban on many forms of educational and recreational travel. The Treasury Department said in a statement that the U.S. will no longer allow the group educational and cultural trips known as “people to people” travel to the island. Those trips have been used by thousands...
    • 2 Jun 2019

    Over $25 Million Dollars per Mile - Trump's Border Wall

    Gus Bova, Texas Observer, May 28, 2019 "When the federal government builds a border wall, the taxpayer foots two bills. First, there’s the cost to get the thing built, a figure proclaimed in presidential budget requests and press accounts. And second, there’s a slew of concealed costs — expenditures that hide in general operations budgets, arise from human error or kick in years down the line...
    • 2 Jun 2019

    Government Watchdog Report Says Texas Border Facility Was So Overcrowded That Detainees Stood on Toilets to 'Gain Breathing Space'

    Abby Vesoulis, Time Magazine, May 31, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found an El Paso Border Patrol processing center was so overcrowded that detainees were wearing “soiled clothing for days or weeks” and standing on toilets “to make room and gain breathing space.” While visiting five Border Patrol facilities and two ports of entry the...