Immigration Law

    • 17 Sep 2018

    Jeffrey S. Chase - "Like Water Seeping Through An Earthen Dam"

    Jeffrey S. Chase, Sept. 15, 2018 - "In addressing 44 newly-hired immigration judges earlier this week, their new boss, Jeff Sessions, demonstrated not only his usual level of bias (to a group charged with acting as impartial adjudicators), but a very strange grasp of how our legal system works. Sessions told the new class of judges that lawyers “work every day - like water seeping through...
    • 14 Sep 2018

    Tempest Tossed #5 - "Zombie ideas" on US Immigration: A conversation with Professor Rubén Rumbaut on false ideas that will not die

    Tempest Tossed, Sept. 13, 2018 - "Immigrants commit more crimes? Don't learn English? Hurt the U.S. economy? These are "zombie ideas"-- false claims that refuse to die. Professor Rubén Rumbaut sets the record straight."
    • 14 Sep 2018

    Migratory Notes 82 (Sept. 13, 2018)

    Migratory Notes 82 (Sept. 13, 2018) - Boredom and desperation in Chicago, gang accusations, indefinite detention for minors...and much, much more!
    • 13 Sep 2018

    A Second Chance for Separated Families

    ACLU, Sept. 13, 2018 - "The fight over the asylum rights of families who had been separated by the Trump administration took what could be a critical turn late last night. Following weeks of negotiation, parties in three lawsuits — including the ACLU’s class-action lawsuit , which first blocked the family separation policy and forced the government to reunite families — brokered an agreement that...
    • 13 Sep 2018

    Settlement May Give Second Chance to Asylum Seekers Separated at Border

    Dara Lind, Vox, Sept. 13, 2018 - "The Trump administration has just agreed to give parents who were separated from their children at the US-Mexico border earlier this year a second chance to make asylum claims in the US. The Department of Justice has negotiated an agreement that covers three lawsuits filed against the government over the family-separation policy. Parents in the US who’d been ordered deported...
    • 10 Sep 2018

    Separated Families and the 'Due Process Army'

    Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic, Sept. 7, 2018 - "On June 13, 2018, Honduran asylum-seeker Anita and her five-year-old son, Jenri, were forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Thanks to a pro bono lawyer, Jodi Goodwin, who aggressively advocates for their release from their respective ICE detention centers, Anita and Jenri are reunited after a month apart. But the damage has been done. The Separated , a new documentary...
    • 10 Sep 2018

    A Pro Bono Asylum Lawyer Responds to the Latest Attack from A.G. Sessions

    Expecting Asylum-Seekers to Become US Asylum Law Experts: Reflections on My Trip to the Folkston ICE Processing Center Sophia Genovese, Sept. 10, 2018 - "US asylum law is nuanced, at times contradictory, and ever-changing. As brief background, in order to be granted asylum, applicants must show that they have suffered past persecution or have a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of their race, religion...
    • 7 Sep 2018

    Atlanta Mayor Signs Executive Order: No New ICE Detainees in City Jail

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, June 20, 2018 - "I, like many others, have been horrified watching the impact of President Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy on children and families. My personal angst has been compounded by the City of Atlanta’s long-standing agreement with the U. S. Marshall’s Office to house ICE detainees in our City jail. While this arrangement may seem hypocritical to my...
    • 7 Sep 2018

    Prof. Michael A. Olivas Named Recipient of 2018 AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and to the Legal Profession

    AALS - "Michael A. Olivas is known around the Southwest as “the Rock and Roll Law Professor”—a moniker he’s happy to maintain as a lifelong connoisseur of popular music and media. Professor Olivas hosts a weekly radio show on KANW in Albuquerque, NM, that gives five-minute lessons on the law and its relationship to music and entertainment. Around the legal academy, however, Olivas is a giant...
    • 7 Sep 2018

    Angelo Paparelli: Where is USCIS Director Cissna?

    Angelo A. Paparelli, Sept. 5, 2018 - "As hard to spot as a well-camouflaged Waldo or surreptitious Carmen San Diego, Francis Cissna, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is almost nowhere to be found. The exception – aside from mandatory appearances at congressional oversight hearings and the occasional press interview – is among the pols he deigns to address who staunchly oppose...
    • 6 Sep 2018

    Flores in the Crosshairs

    Nick Miroff, Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, Sept. 6, 2018 - "The Trump administration said Thursday it is preparing to circumvent limits on the government’s ability to hold minors in immigration jails by withdrawing from the Flores Settlement Agreement, the federal consent decree that has shaped detention standards for underage migrants since 1997. The maneuver is almost certain to land the administration...
    • 5 Sep 2018

    My Children Were Denied Passports Because They Were Delivered by a Midwife

    Debbie Weingarten, New York Times, Sept. 3, 2018 - "My sons have never been outside the United States, but their passport applications were denied by the State Department, pending more evidence of their citizenship, just hours after news broke that the Trump administration is denying thousands of passport applications submitted by midwife-delivered American applicants from border states. At the heart of the denials...
    • 5 Sep 2018

    On the Importance of Plyler v. Doe

    Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, Sept. 10, 2018 - " Plyler v. Doe addressed questions that are central to ongoing debates about both education and immigration and that get to the heart of what schoolchildren and undocumented migrants have in common: vulnerability. ... Court-watchers have tended to consider Plyler insignificant because the Court’s holding was narrow. But in “ The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education...
    • 31 Aug 2018

    Migratory Notes 80 (Aug. 30, 2018)

    Migratory Notes 80 (Aug. 30, 2018) - Closing the reunification gap, birthday incarceration, bureaucracy backlog...and much, much more!
    • 31 Aug 2018

    'Intent' Hurdle Blocks Gambian's Visa Quest; No 'Magic Bullet' per Expert

    Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 30, 2018 - "The young woman from Gambia who planned to study in the U.S. had the support of her government, all the way up to the first lady, whose foundation was to pay for her airfare. A college in New York had offered her a substantial scholarship. A host family in New York was waiting for her; another family in Pennsylvania was ready to donate a new laptop, a smartphone...
    • 30 Aug 2018

    Americans Stripped of Passports by State Department

    Kevin Seiff, Washington Post, Aug. 29, 2018 - "The Trump administration is accusing hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hispanics along the border of using fraudulent birth certificates since they were babies, and it is undertaking a widespread crackdown on their citizenship."
    • 29 Aug 2018

    A National Shame: The Trump Administration’s Separation and Detention of Migrant Families - Report

    Adam Isacson, Maureen Meyer and Adeline Hite, Aug. 28, 2018 - "The zero tolerance policy’s most visible outcome was the mass separation of asylum-seeking parents and children. The Trump administration’s ham-fisted effort to implement the policy affected over 2,575 families in about 50 days. The nation was convulsed by images of tearful children, the chain-link cages used to hold them at Border Patrol’s...
    • 27 Aug 2018

    Federal Judge Rules Suit Challenging CBP’s Turnaways of Asylum Seekers at the Border Can Proceed

    CCR, Aug. 24, 2018 - "A federal judge ruled this week that a lawsuit challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) practice of turning away asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border can proceed. The lawsuit was brought by the Los Angeles and Tijuana-based organization Al Otro Lado, Inc., as well as individual asylum seekers who are collectively represented by the American Immigration Council, the Center...
    • 24 Aug 2018

    Senate Report: Oversight of the Care of Unaccompanied Alien Children (Aug. 15, 2018)

    United States Senate, PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Aug. 15, 2018 - "Since 2015, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has conducted extensive oversight of federal government programs designed to care for children who enter the United States without a parent or legal guardian and ensure they are not trafficked or abused. Although the Department...
    • 24 Aug 2018

    The Use of Coercion by U.S. DHS Officials Against Parents Who Were Forcibly Separated From Their Children

    American Immigration Council and AILA | August 23, 2018 - "This complaint contains 13 pseudonymized case examples and original testimony from parents who were separated from their children that show a pervasive, illegal practice by DHS officials of coercing mothers and fathers into signing documents they may not have understood. The cases also demonstrate how the trauma of separation and detention creates an environment...
    • 24 Aug 2018

    Migratory Notes 79 (Aug. 23, 2018)

    Migratory Notes 79 (Aug. 23, 2018) - The two lives of Southwest Key’s CEO, another chance at asylum, invasive customs searches...and much, much more!
    • 22 Aug 2018

    Once Relatively Obscure, ICE Becomes a Lightning Rod in Immigration Debate

    Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, Aug. 22, 2018 - "Critics of the Trump administration’s immigration policies have seized on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as the main target of their ire in recent months, with the “Abolish ICE” campaign catching fire seemingly overnight. Now a lightning rod for every perceived immigration-related outrage, the agency is being condemned for...
    • 22 Aug 2018

    Shortchanged: The Big Business Behind the Low Wage J-1 Au Pair Program

    ILRWG, Aug. 2018 - "Informed by au pairs’ firsthand accounts, this report explores structural deficiencies in the J-1 au pair program that contribute to labor rights abuses. Au pairs report wage theft, coercion, sexual harassment, retaliation, and misrepresentation, among other abuses. Among the range of temporary work visas available to domestic workers, the J-1 au pair program is the only program masquerading...
    • 22 Aug 2018

    How Does the Army Spell MAVNI? SNAFU

    From the Washington Post - The Army kicked out dozens of immigrant recruits. Now it’s allowing them back amid a legal battle. From the New York Times - Red Flags for Immigrant Recruits: Calling Parents, Not Laughing at Jokes
    • 20 Aug 2018

    'Shocked and Humiliated': Lawsuits Accuse Border Guards of Invasive Searches of Minors, Women

    Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity, Aug. 19, 2018 - "Lovell’s lawsuit — and 10 others since 2011 reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity — raise timely and unsettling questions about how far border and other immigration officers can go with their considerable power to detain people at the nation’s 328 ports of entry. The existing rules can be shocking for travelers. Legal precedents...