Immigration Law

    • 21 Jul 2017

    Even More Immigration Judges are Reassigned in Trump's Border Crackdown

    Beth Fertig, WNYC, July 20, 2017 - "In its crackdown on illegal immigration, the Trump administration is moving an increasing number of immigration judges closer to the border with Mexico. The practice is so widespread that half of New York City's 30 immigration judges have been temporarily reassigned for two-to-four weeks at a time between early April and July. The judges have been sent to hear deportation...
    • 17 Jul 2017

    Trump's Border Wall Will Destroy a Federal Wildlife Refuge

    Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer, July 14, 2017 - "For at least six months, private contractors and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been quietly preparing to build the first piece of President Trump’s border wall through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. The federally owned 2,088-acre refuge, often called the “crown jewel of the national wildlife refuge system,”...
    • 17 Jul 2017

    Revised Form I-9 Now Available (July 17, 2017)

    USCIS, July 17, 2017 - "USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Instructions for how to download Form I-9 are available on the Form I-9 page. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17. On Sept. 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must...
    • 17 Jul 2017

    Lawsuit: American Family Abused by CBP at Border: Wilwal v. Kelly

    ACLU, July 13, 2017 - "The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a family of U.S. citizens — including four young children — who were detained for over 10 hours at the U.S.-Canada border while coming home from a trip to visit relatives in 2015. The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the government violated the family’s constitutional rights, as well as an injunction to prevent their rights from being violated...
    • 14 Jul 2017

    Report Shows Pattern of ‘Failed Oversight’ in Customs and Border Protection Complaints Process

    KBI, July 11, 2017 - " A new report from the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) and the Jesuits of Canada and the U.S. reveals the inadequacy of the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) complaint and oversight system in investigating abuse allegations by migrants. KBI, an immigrant aid and advocacy organization in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico, co-sponsored by the Jesuits and five other U.S. and Mexican...
    • 10 Jul 2017

    Battle emerging inside Trump administration over who controls immigration and refugees

    Josh Rogin, Washington Post, July 9, 2017 - "When President Trump spoke of the need to defend Western civilization in Poland last week, many saw an effort by him and some of his top White House advisers to redefine the mission of American foreign policy away from building relationships and spreading democratic principles, to a more protective stance drawing sharp lines between the United States and those perceived...
    • 8 Jul 2017

    Immigrant of the Month: Astronaut, Marine Corps Pilot, Jasmin "Jaws" Moghbeli

    Robin Wright, The New Yorker Magazine, July 2, 2017 - "In the rarefied world of space travellers, NASA’s new astronaut class—seven men and five women, picked from a record-breaking eighteen thousand applicants—includes one, nicknamed “Jaws,” who played basketball at M.I.T., is a Marine Corps major, and was decorated for flying Cobra gunships on a hundred and fifty combat missions in...
    • 7 Jul 2017

    ICE Memo to Field: The Gloves are Off, Everyone's a Target

    Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica, July 7, 2017 - "The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories. The guidance appears to go beyond the Trump administration’s publicly stated aims, and some advocates say may explain a marked increase in immigration...
    • 7 Jul 2017

    Border Clinic, Retirees Try to Save Migrants' Lives

    Eric Boodman, Stat, July 6, 2017 - "When the man walked in with fang marks on his leg, the volunteers knew the protocol: In the case of a rattlesnake bite, you call 911. But like all of the patients who end up here, his very presence in this desert clinic meant he had broken American law. He’d been bitten sometime after he’d slipped across the southern border, while he was walking 12 miles through...
    • 7 Jul 2017

    Sessions Suspicious of 'Sanctuary Cities' Compliance Claims

    Sadie Gurman, Associated Press, July 6, 2017 - "The Justice Department on Thursday questioned whether Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities responded honestly when asked whether they follow the law on sharing the citizenship status of people in their custody with federal immigration authorities. In a strongly worded statement , the department said some of the 10 jurisdictions under scrutiny insist they...
    • 6 Jul 2017

    Your Editor On The Road; Working Vacation

    Posting may be delayed or lighter than usual until July 13th. Ping my cell with news tips.
    • 6 Jul 2017

    Denied: Afghanistan's All-Girl Robotics Team Can't Get Visas To The US

    Hilary Brueck, Forbes, June 29, 2017 - "Their robot may have permission to travel, but six teenage Afghan inventors are staying put this summer. They've been rejected for a one-week travel visa to escort their robot to the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge – an international robotics competition happening in Washington DC in mid-July. The all-girl team representing Afghanistan hails from Herat, a city...
    • 30 Jun 2017

    AILA Practice Alert: DHS and DOS Implementation of Executive Order Imposing Travel and Refugee Ban (Updated 6/30/17)

    AILA Doc. No. 17012670 - "JUNE 30, 2017 ALERT (2:00PM): On June 29, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) both released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on its websites regarding the implementation of Executive Order 13780. Subsequent to the release of their FAQs, both agencies quietly revised its FAQs, without notifying stakeholders. This practice alert highlights some...
    • 30 Jun 2017

    Expert Predicts More Litigation Over Trump Travel Ban 2.0

    Laura Jarrett and Elise Labott, CNN, June 30, 2017 - "After months of winding through the courts, the so-called "watered-down," revised version of President Donald Trump's fiercely litigated travel ban finally went into effect at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. Less than an hour before the ban was slated to begin, an emergency motion was filed in federal court by the state of Hawaii, which contests the Trump administration's...
    • 30 Jun 2017

    State Department, DHS Answer Questions on Travel Ban 2.0

    State Department Background Briefing, June 29, 2017 DHS FAQ, June 29, 2017
    • 30 Jun 2017

    Panda Express Serves Up $600K to DOJ in I-9 Violation Settlement

    DOJ, June 28, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (Panda Express), a restaurant chain with over 1,800 locations in the United States. The agreement resolves the department’s investigation into whether Panda Express discriminated against non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when reverifying...
    • 29 Jun 2017

    Expert: State Department Definition of 'Close Family' for Travel Ban is Too Narrow

    Carol Morello, Washington Post, June 29, 2017 - "Visitors from six predominantly Muslim nations will not be granted visas unless they have a very close family tie to someone already in the United States or an entity like a workplace or university, under new guidelines the State Department said become effective Thursday night. A cable sent to consular officials worldwide Wednesday provided a narrow definition of close...
    • 28 Jun 2017

    The Pentagon promised citizenship to immigrants who served. Now it might help deport them. (MAVNI)

    Alex Horton, Washington Post, June 26, 2017 - "The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows. The undated action memo, prepared for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis by personnel and intelligence officials at the Pentagon and obtained by The Washington Post, describes...
    • 27 Jun 2017

    Expert: Clarification Needed on Supreme Court Travel Ban Ruling

    Miriam Jordan, New York Times, June 27, 2017 - "In agreeing to hear two cases on President Trump’s travel ban, the court introduced a new phrase to the fraught discussion of refugees and Muslim immigrants: “bona fide relationship.” Those who can show a “bona fide relationship” with a “person or entity” in the United States will not be affected by Mr. Trump’s 120-day...
    • 27 Jun 2017

    Expert: SC Travel Ban Ruling Likely to Trigger Confusion, More Litigation (Law360)

    Allissa Wickham, Law360, June 26, 2017 - "With the U.S. Supreme Court allowing President Donald Trump’s travel ban to be enforced against people who don’t have a clear link to the U.S., the question now becomes what exactly will qualify as a "bona fide relationship,” with experts predicting potential confusion, visa delays and additional litigation ahead. ... On top of agreeing to hear the...
    • 27 Jun 2017

    Deep Dives on Supreme Court Travel Ban Ruling (UPDATED June 29, 2017)

    Here are seven scholarly takes on Trump v. IRAP, Trump v. Hawaii : 6 Things To Know About The Partial Reinstatement Of Trump’s Travel Ban Musings on Today’s Travel Ban Decision by the Supreme Court On The Travel Ban The Supreme Court Says: Stay Tuned The Supreme Court’s Cert Grant in the Travel Ban Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed It’s All About that Stay (and Its Surprising Limits...
    • 24 Jun 2017

    Zero Undocumented Population Growth Is Here to Stay and Immigration Reform Would Preserve and Extend These Gains

    Robert Warren, Center for Migration Studies, June 2017 - "This report demonstrates that a broad and sustained reduction in undocumented immigration to the United States occurred in the 2008 to 2015 period. First, the report shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the Great Recession had little, if any, role in the transformation to zero population growth. The population stopped growing because of increased scrutiny...
    • 23 Jun 2017

    Detroit TRO Blocks Fast Deportations of Iraqis: Hamama v. Adducci

    ACLU, June 22, 2017 - "A federal court has blocked the immediate deportation of Iraqi nationals arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this month. The American Civil Liberties Union successfully sought the temporary restraining order, arguing those individuals should have an opportunity to prove their lives would be in danger if they were returned to Iraq. “The court took a life-saving action...
    • 22 Jun 2017

    Bender Podcast: Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela on Civic Engagement

    New Orleans, June 22, 2017 - Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela gave an inspiring Keynote Speech at the opening of the 2017 AILA Annual Conference. I caught up with her to record this podcast .
    • 21 Jun 2017

    Despite Political Resistance, Use of Temporary Worker Visas Rises as U.S. Labor Market Tightens

    Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, June 20, 2017 - "With laid-off workers by his side at campaign rallies, Donald Trump pledged to preserve “U.S. jobs for U.S. workers.” True to that promise, since assuming office, President Trump has issued an executive order and a series of policy statements, accompanied by executive-branch actions, intended to crack down on real and perceived abuses in temporary...