Immigration Law

    • 17 Aug 2018

    Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention

    Ingrid Eagly, Esq., Steven Shafer, Esq. and Jana Whalley, Esq., American Immigration Council, August 16, 2018 - "The United States currently detains more protection-seeking families than any nation in the world. Since 2001, parents and their children have been held at various times in five different detention facilities in New Mexico, Texas, and Pennsylvania, as they seek asylum in the United States. The number of...
    • 17 Aug 2018

    Migratory Notes 78 - Aug. 16, 2018

    Migratory Notes 78 - Aug. 16, 2018 - Migrant children choose their fate, T. Don Hutto may remain open, adoptees facing deportation...and much, much more!
    • 16 Aug 2018

    Expert: USCIS Crackdown on H-1B Visas 'Ultimately Hurts U.S. Workers'

    Ethan Baron, Bay Area News Group, Aug. 16, 2018 - "A crackdown on the controversial H-1B visa intended for skilled workers has struck Indian citizens harder than other foreign nationals, with federal officials hitting them with more visa denials and demands for proof of their eligibility to work. That’s according to a report that found U.S. gatekeepers ramping up their rate of visa refusals at the end of last...
    • 16 Aug 2018

    Groups Ask Senate for Oversight on USCIS Memos

    Aug. 14, 2018 letter to Senators Grassley, Feinstein - "We the undersigned representing higher and international education, business, immigration, and human rights organizations are alarmed by what appears to be a comprehensive plan of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to target legal immigrants through reinterpretation of long-standing immigration law and policy. USCIS has released a series of...
    • 15 Aug 2018

    National Academies of Sciences Oppose Citizenship Question Addition to 2020 Census

    Committee on National Statistics’ Task Force on the 2020 Census, National Academies of Sciences, Aug. 7, 2018 - "The addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire, as described in the Federal Register notice and the Secretary’s decision memo, does not demonstrate practical utility as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, and the use of the census data to seed a “statistical...
    • 15 Aug 2018

    Venezuelan Military Deserter Faces Deportation back to Government U.S. Calls Dictatorship

    Franco Ordonez, Miami Herald, Aug. 10, 2018 - "A Venezuelan military officer who deserted his country’s army to seek asylum in the United States faces deportation next week, back to the government the U.S. claims is a dictatorship that must be punished. The juxtaposition reveals the perils the Trump administration faces trying to balance President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration polices while pledging...
    • 2 Oct 2017

    Experts: Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch Could Be Key Vote on Immigration Cases

    UC Davis School of Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson and Cornell Law School Professor of Immigration Law Practice Stephen W. Yale-Loehr share their thoughts on how Justice Neil Gorsuch's views could affect two big immigration cases now pending at the Supreme Court, Sessions v. Dimaya (to be argued Monday, October 2, 2017) and Jennings v. Rodriguez (to be argued Tuesday, October 3, 2017). Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight...
    • 29 Sep 2017

    Asplundh Tree Pays Record $95M to Settle Criminal, Civil Immigration Charges

    ICE, Sept. 28, 2017 - "Asplundh Tree Experts, Co., one of the largest privately-held companies in the United States, headquartered in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, (“Asplundh”), pleaded guilty today to unlawfully employing aliens, in connection with a scheme in which the highest levels of Asplundh management remained willfully blind while lower level managers hired and rehired employees they knew to be...
    • 29 Sep 2017

    Migratory Notes 34 (Sept. 29, 2017)

    M igratory Notes 34 - Travel Ban 3.0, Refugee cap, Sanctuary city raids...more! Daniela Gerson @dhgerson & Elizabeth Aguilera @1eaguilera
    • 29 Sep 2017

    Amid a Growing Immigration Court Backlog, Many Children Still Unrepresented - TRAC

    TRAC, Sept. 28, 2017 - "Despite a dramatic drop-off in new Immigration Court cases involving unaccompanied children (UAC) this year, the backlog of pending children's cases has continued to rise. The latest case-by-case court data show that the court backlog of these children's cases reached an all-time high of 88,069 at the end of August 2017. The current backlog of 88,069 represents four times the number...
    • 28 Sep 2017

    Bound to Pay: For-Profit Ankle Monitors - Helpful Service or Debt Trap for Desperate Immigrants?

    Gus Bova, Texas Observer, Sept. 26, 2017 - "Libre claims it’s helping immigrants by getting them out of detention when no one else will. “Our mission is to give hope to those who have lost it and to help those without a voice in the immigration system,” the company proclaims on its website. But critics say Libre is predatory — extracting whatever profit it can from a vulnerable population...
    • 26 Sep 2017

    Green Card Backlogs, Anti-Immigrant Mood in USA Triggers Brain Drain

    Suzanne Sataline, Foreign Policy, Sept. 22, 2017 - "Changes in the U.S. skilled visa scheme could trigger large economic and intellectual losses, especially in states with many South Asian residents such as California and New Jersey. Some foreign nationals there wonder if Trump’s policies will trigger an Indian brain drain. Since Trump’s election, the number of Indian-born residents in the United States...
    • 26 Sep 2017

    Expert Stephen W. Yale-Loehr Unpacks Travel Ban 3.0

    John Surico, VICE, Sept. 25, 2017 - "To make sense of the latest chapter in the ongoing saga that is travel policy under Donald Trump, VICE reached out to Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration law professor at the Cornell Law School and renowned expert on the topic. Here's what he had to say....." Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr
    • 25 Sep 2017

    CA5 Partially Stays SB 4 Case: City of El Cenizo v. Texas

    City of El Cenizo v. Texas, Sept. 25, 2017 - "As our description of the motion indicates, a stay during the period in which this case is pending is all we consider in this ruling. The merits of the district court’s order are for a different day and a different panel of this court. We further note this ruling does not foreclose any preemption or constitutional challenge to the law as interpreted and applied...
    • 25 Sep 2017

    ICE Caught on Camera Racially Profiling Latino USC in Oregon; Members of Congress Seek Apology, Answers

    Everton Bailey Jr., Oregonian, Sept. 21, 2017 - "Two Oregon lawmakers are calling for a federal investigation into the conduct of immigration agents who mistakenly approached a Latino man, demanded his name without identifying themselves and claimed he was in the country illegally. U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer said they were "greatly disturbed" by Isidro Andrade-Tafolla's account...
    • 24 Sep 2017

    How a ‘Dire’ Immigration Court Backlog Affects Lives

    PBS Newshour, Sept. 18, 2017 - "[Here is] an inside look at the country’s overwhelmed immigration court system. Our John Yang is here, and he has that story. JOHN YANG: William, for all the headlines and all the debates about what to do about illegal immigration, much less attention is being paid to the nation’s immigration court system. It’s the first stop for most people charged with...
    • 22 Sep 2017

    Migratory Notes 33 (Sept. 22, 2017)

    Migratory Notes 33 - "Refugees at Trump’s house, Rhode Island’s Dreamers, immigrant soldiers...more!"
    • 22 Sep 2017

    Dept. of Irony: Refugees Invited By Charity Make Themselves At Home In Trump's Childhood Abode

    Amy Held, NPR, Sept. 19, 2017 - "A welcome mat was literally rolled out for refugees resettled in the U.S. at a somewhat unexpected locale Saturday: President Trump's childhood home. In a very pointed message, international charity Oxfam invited four refugees from three countries to spend the day at the Queens, N.Y., home where Trump spent his earliest years. "Oxfam hosted refugees at President Trump's...
    • 20 Sep 2017

    Lessons From the Immigration Histories of Midwestern Cities

    CCGA, Sept. 18, 2017 - "Cities of the American Midwest were largely built by immigration. Immigrants and their children were a key component of the population growth these cities experienced in the early decades of the last century. In the 1920s, however, the federal government essentially shut off immigration to the United States for a multi-decade period lasting until the 1960s. This analysis explores how the...
    • 15 Sep 2017

    NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Executive Order Prohibiting State Agencies from Inquiring About Immigration Status

    Gov. Cuomo, Sept. 15, 2017 - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued Executive Order 170 that prohibits state agencies and officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual's immigration status unless required by law or necessary to determine eligibility for a benefit or service. Law enforcement officers will also be prohibited from inquiring about immigration status unless investigating illegal criminal...
    • 15 Sep 2017

    Expert Margaret Stock: Pentagon Incompetence Ignites MAVNI 'Dumpster Fire'

    Alex Horton, Washington Post, Sept. 15, 2017 - "U.S. Army recruiters have abruptly canceled enlistment contracts for hundreds of foreign-born military recruits since last week, upending their lives and potentially exposing many to deportation, according to several affected recruits and a former Army officer familiar with their situation. Many of these enlistees have waited years to join a troubled immigration...
    • 14 Sep 2017

    Expert: MAVNI Killed by 'Bureaucratic Bumbling'

    Amy Bushatz,, Sept. 13, 2017 - "A military recruitment program thrust into the spotlight by President Donald Trump's recently announced immigration reform plans is a victim of bad American immigration policy, its creator said. "DoD has killed the program through bureaucratic bumbling," said Margaret Stock, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who created the Military Accessions Vital to...
    • 12 Sep 2017

    A Slippery Legislative Slope: From IIRAIRA to REAL ID to Secure Fence

    DHS published this notice today in the Federal Register regarding border barriers (fencing and roads) near Calexico, California. Read the long list of federal statutes and regulations DHS has waived, thanks to IIRAIRA, the REAL ID Act and the Secure Fence Act.
    • 11 Sep 2017

    Advance Copy of DHS Notice re Fencing, Roads near Calexico Border

    This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 09/12/2017 - Determination Pursuant to Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as Amended "The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of...
    • 8 Sep 2017

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Ending of DACA, Denounces Arpaio Pardon

    USCCR, Sept. 8, 2017 - "The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, by majority vote, disapproves of President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision is a step backward for our country, which draws its strength from the valuable social and economic contributions from all members of society." USCCR, Sept. 8, 2017 - "The U.S. Commission...