Immigration Law

    • 17 Oct 2018

    New Legal Filing Links High-level Trump Officials to Asylum “Turnback Policy” - Al Otro Lado, Inc. v. Nielsen

    American Immigration Council, Oct. 16, 2018 - "In a new court filing, asylum seekers and an immigrant rights group are challenging the Trump administration’s policy and practice of turning back asylum seekers at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. Friday’s filing directly links high-level Trump administration officials to an official “Turnback Policy,” ordering U.S. Customs and Border...
    • 17 Oct 2018

    Forms Direct, Inc., aka American Immigration Center, Settles with FTC for $2.2M

    FTC, Oct. 16, 2018 - "The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint today against defendants Forms Direct, Inc., also known as American Immigration Center , and owner Cesare Alessandrini, alleging that they falsely implied that their websites were affiliated with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The defendants allegedly used such deception since 2010 to sell immigration form preparation services...
    • 16 Oct 2018

    Amnesty International Report: Illegal Pushbacks, Arbitrary Detention & Ill-Treatment of Asylum-Seekers in the United States

    Amnesty International, Oct. 11, 2018 - "The US government has deliberately adopted immigration policies and practices that caused catastrophic harm to thousands of people seeking safety in the United States, including the separation of over 6,000 family units in a four-month period more than previously disclosed by authorities, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. USA: ‘You Don’t...
    • 15 Oct 2018

    The Vulnerable Returning Green Card Holder Under the Proposed Public Charge Rule - Cyrus Mehta

    Cyrus Mehta, Oct. 15, 2018 - "The notion of public charge has existed in our immigration laws since more than a century. The Trump administration’s new proposed public charge rule , however, interprets “is likely at any time to become a public charge” under INA 212(a)(4) in a way that would make it more difficult for people with lower incomes or less education, or who have received public benefits...
    • 12 Oct 2018

    Migratory Notes 85 (Oct. 10, 2018)

    Migratory Notes 85 (Oct. 10, 2018) - Migrant kids adopted out in U.S., Kavanaugh weighs in, The wall begins...and much, much more! [Note: Honored to have been appointed to the Migratory Notes Advisory Board: Daniel Connolly , Maria Kari , Dan Kowalski , Paola Marizán , Roberto Suro , Phuong Ly , Fernanda Santos ]
    • 12 Oct 2018

    Army Expelled 500 Immigrant Recruits in 1 Year - "They Are Trying to Get Rid of People"

    Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Associate Press, Oct. 12, 2018 - "Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service, The Associated Press has found. The decade-old Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest recruiting program...
    • 10 Oct 2018

    A Culture of No

    Justine van der Leun, VQR, October 2018 - "The fate of people seeking asylum in the United States is determined not just by the legitimacy of their claims, but by where they land. This is the story of how one immigration court in Texas has shut the door on those seeking refuge in America."
    • 10 Oct 2018

    AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption

    Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2018 - "Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families —...
    • 10 Oct 2018

    Profiling Who ICE Detains - Few Committed Any Crime

    TRAC, Oct. 9, 2018 - "The vast majority (58%) of individuals in ICE custody June 30 had no criminal record. An even larger proportion—four out of five—either had no record, or had only committed a minor offense such as a traffic violation."
    • 10 Oct 2018

    Dan Kesselbrenner Announces His Retirement

    NIPNLG, Oct. 9, 2018 - "Dan Kesselbrenner announced that after 32 years, he will be transitioning from his role as Executive Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), a national immigrant rights organization that works to fight anti-immigrant laws and policies, and to support justice and equality for ALL immigrants. Dan's legacy includes building NIPNLG from a small...
    • 9 Oct 2018

    Checkpoint Nation

    Melissa del Bosque , Sept. 13, 2018 - "“ICE is terrorizing American communities right now,” Angel Padilla, policy director of the Indivisible Project, told The Nation. “They’re going into schools, entering hospitals, conducting massive raids, and separating children from parents every day.” Increasingly, Padilla’s description applies to CBP as well. It turns out that the legal...
    • 4 Oct 2018

    Migratory Notes 84 (Oct. 3, 2018)

    Migratory Notes 84 (Oct. 3, 2018) Tent city for children, zero tolerance indifference, a future without TPS...and much, much more!
    • 4 Oct 2018

    Becca Heller, Human Rights Lawyer - 2018 MacArthur Fellow

    Becca Heller, Human Rights Lawyer | Class of 2018 "Becca Heller is a human rights lawyer mobilizing the resources of law schools and law firms to defend the rights of refugees and improve protection outcomes for many of the world’s most at-risk populations. She is the director and co-founder of the International (originally Iraqi) Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), which provides legal services to individual...
    • 4 Oct 2018

    Table of Contents, Oct. 15, 2018 Bender's Immigration Bulletin

    Table of Contents, Oct. 15, 2018 Bender's Immigration Bulletin No, not the free daily blog, . I mean the bi-weekly magazine . (Subscription only; ask your LexisNexis rep for pricing, bundles; call 1-877-394-8826) Here's a link to a PDF of the cover and ToC of the Oct. 15, 2018 issue. Highlight: " Arriving Aliens, Custody and Interagency Determinations Post-Jennings " by Prof...
    • 2 Oct 2018

    A Judge Just Reminded CBP That the Border Isn’t a Rights-Free Zone

    Hugh Handeyside, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project, Oct. 1, 2018 - "An American family that underwent a harrowing detention at the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection can now seek some measure of justice. That’s the result of a recent ruling by the federal judge presiding over the lawsuit we filed on behalf of Abdisalam Wilwal, Sagal Abdigani, and their four young children after...
    • 2 Oct 2018

    USCIS is Suffocating the H-1B Program: F-1 Cap Gap Students in Limbo - Cora-Ann V. Pestaina

    Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, Oct. 1, 2018 - "It is October 1, 2018 and this morning, in what is an extremely unfortunate yet totally preventable situation, businesses across the U.S. were forced to temporarily terminate the employment of F-1 students who were previously employed pursuant to their cap-gap extension period. Briefly, the cap-gap extension regulation temporarily extends the OPT (Optional Practical Training...
    • 1 Oct 2018

    Angelo A. Paparelli: The Long-Lived ‘Con Job’ – Structural Injustice in the Immigration ‘Courts’

    Angelo Paparelli, Sept. 30, 2018 - "Last week, President Trump held an 81-minute press conference . He traversed wide-ranging territory, including his notions of procedural due process. Discussing the importance of fundamental fairness when trying to distinguish facts from falsehoods, he said: PRES. TRUMP: Somebody could come and say 30 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, he did a horrible thing...
    • 1 Oct 2018

    Statement of Former Immigration Judges and BIA Members Opposing IJ Quotas (Oct. 1, 2018)

    Oct. 1, 2018 - "As former Immigration Judges and BIA Members, we join our former colleagues in the NAIJ in decrying the imposition of much-criticized performance quotas on sitting Immigration Judges. Experience has demonstrated that it is futile to protest to the present Attorney General and his appointed EOIR Director, who have repeatedly demonstrated a callous disregard for due process, fundamental fairness, or...
    • 28 Sep 2018

    Migratory Notes 83 (Sept. 27, 2018)

    Migratory Notes 83 (Sept. 27, 2018) - Limiting refugees, intended family separation, generations of migration...and much, much more!
    • 27 Sep 2018

    Trump Administration’s New Indefinite Family Detention Policy: Deterrence Not Guaranteed

    Muzaffar Chishti and Sarah Pierce, Migration Policy Institute, Sept. 26, 2018 - "Having shelved a controversial family-separation practice that drew massive protest—and did not slow the arrival of Central American families at the U.S.-Mexico border—the Trump administration is proposing a new tactic: Indefinite detention of parents and children. With a proposed regulation introduced September 7, the administration...
    • 25 Sep 2018

    DHS OIG: 287(g) Expansion Suffers from Lack of Planning

    DHS OIG, Sept. 19, 2018 - "In the 14 months following the issuance of the January 2017 Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the 287(g) program rose from 36 to 76. ICE approved the 40 additional applicants without planning for a corresponding increase in program management staffing, determining how to promptly deliver needed...
    • 21 Sep 2018

    Law School Clinic Brings Deported Army Vet Home

    Brooke Staggs, Orange County Register, Sept. 20, 2018 - "Wearing his black Army uniform and maroon beret, Fabian Rebolledo stood tall Wednesday on the lawn of his family’s Azusa home, happy to be back on American soil for the first time in six years. Rebolledo has been away fighting a battle. Only this time, instead of defending the United States, the 43-year-old veteran has been fighting against the immigration...
    • 19 Sep 2018

    At Senate Hearing, Feds Double Down on 'Summer Camp' Baby Jails for Refugee Kids

    Tal Kopan, CNN, Sept. 18, 2018 - "A senior Trump administration official on Tuesday stood by his controversial comments comparing the detention centers for immigrant families to "summer camp," but declined to answer whether he'd send his own children there. The remarks came at a congressional hearing where immigration and border security officials struggled to answer foundational questions from senators...
    • 17 Sep 2018

    Zero Tolerance Lives On - Julia Preston

    Julia Preston, The Marshall Project, Sept. 14, 2018 - "... At an office in McAllen that buzzes 24 hours a day, Border Patrol agents and lawyers labor through the night churning out stacks of documents to charge dozens of migrants, who often are taken to federal court directly from frontline patrol stations. At 6.45 a.m. each weekday, emails go out to prosecutors and federal defenders with the long rosters of defendants...
    • 17 Sep 2018

    Let Me Count the Ways - This American Life, Sept. 14, 2018

    Let Me Count the Ways - This American Life, Sept. 14, 2018 - "Yes, youʼve heard about the family separations. Youʼve heard about the travel ban. But there are dozens of ways the Trump administration is cracking down on immigration across many agencies, sometimes in ways so small and technical it doesnʼt make headlines. This week, the quiet bureaucratic war that’s even targeting legal immigrants."