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Bond Hearings Ordered for Detained Refugee Kids: Flores v. Lynch

CHR, Jan. 20, 2017 - "The Center for Human Rights, U.C. Davis Law School Legal Clinic, and the Youth Law Center today won a class-wide order compelling the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ORR) to allow children whom it refuses to release bond redetermination...

Sec. Kelly Mulls Separating Refugee Moms, Kids to Deter Migration

Dianne Solis, Melissa Repko, Dallas Morning News, Mar. 7, 2017 - "Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday in Dallas that his agency may separate Central American parents from their children after they cross the U.S. border in an attempt to curtail migration that, again, is surging past...

Babies and Children Listed in DHS "Criminal Alien" Database

Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 27, 2017 - "A database the Trump administration said would help victims of crimes track the custody of suspected criminal immigrants mistakenly listed babies and other children. The public database included the names of children, from infants to underage teenagers...

ICE Raids Children’s Shelter and Detains Asylum Applicant on His 18th Birthday

David Boddiger, Fusion, Apr. 30, 2017 - "Turning 18 is a monumental occasion for any teenager. But thanks to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Erik Javier Flores Hernandez will remember his birthday Saturday as the day immigration agents hauled him away in shackles from a Los Angeles...

Thousands of Immigrant Parents Detained - HRW Report

Human Rights Watch, May 15, 2017 - "New data analysis reveals that more than 10,000 parents of US citizen children are most likely detained every year in California by immigration authorities, Human Rights Watch said today. In light of new Trump administration policies likely to boost detention...

Texas Immigration Jail Holding Some Families Too Long

Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press, May 31, 2017 - "Afghan asylum seeker Samira Hakimi and her family members — three of them young children — have spent six months inside a Texas immigration lockdown, even though state lawmakers adjourned this week without passing legislation to circumvent...

Practice Advisory: Working with Child Clients and Their Family Members in Light of the Trump Administration’s Focus on “Smugglers”

Public Counsel and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., July 2017 - "Both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice recently issued memoranda prioritizing the targeting of parents and family members who helped facilitate a child’s illegal entry into the United...

Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years in Immigration Jail

Katie Shepherd, Aug. 9, 2017 - "An immigration judge ordered the immediate release of a three-year-old immigrant child and his mother from a detention center in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, stating that it was one of the most sympathetic cases for release he had encountered in his career. The child’s...

Trump's DHS Ends Parole Program for Central American Refugee Kids

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 157 / Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publishing this notice to notify the public that it will no longer provide special consideration of parole for certain individuals denied refugee status in El Salvador, Guatemala, and...

ICE Seeks Return of Children to Immigration Jail

Laura Benshoff, WHYY, Newsworks, Aug. 21, 2017 - "On a video-conferencing screen at an immigration court in York County Prison, a 4-year-old boy appears, sitting in a white plastic chair next to his mother. Wearing a suit, he colors a piece of paper intently, while attorneys in a room 50 miles...

Back-to-School Reminder: Plyler v. Doe is the Law

IDRA, Aug. 28, 2017 - "As a new school year begins, this alert is a reminder that public schools, by law, must serve all children. See IDRA's eBook on Supporting Immigrant Students' Rights to Attend Public Schools (in English-Spanish) and our one-page bilingual...

IJ Orders Release of Child at Berks on Recognizance

On Aug. 16, 2017, Immigration Judge Walter A. Durling ordered the release on recognizance of a child who had been detained at the Berks County, PA "baby jail" for over 650 days. Please read his decision in full. Hats off to Bridget Cambria and team!

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...

Monitoring Detention of Immigrant Children

CHRCL, Nov. 8, 2017 - "Pursuant to Paragraph 33 of the nationwide class action settlement in Flores v. Johnson, 85-cv- 04544-DMG-AGR, Central District of California, class counsel and attorneys and paralegals they designate have the right of "access" to any facility where immigrant children...

Trump, Sessions Prosecute Refugee Parents, Remove Refugee Babies

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Nov. 25, 2017 - "Patricia Mejia gathered her three young children and made the arduous journey through Mexico to the U.S. border to escape El Salvador's often deadly violence. When Border Patrol agents found the family near El Paso's international bridge...

Jeffrey S. Chase: The Impact of Returning Children on Well-Founded Fear

Jeffrey S. Chase, Dec. 8, 2017 - "I received a request to discuss the following hypothetical: an asylum-seeking couple has a U.S. citizen child. Because of the need for both parents to work, they send the child to their country of origin. The question is what impact the asylum seekers’ decision...

Lawyer Files Disciplinary Complaint Against Chief Immigration Judge

Jeffrey S. Chase, Dec. 28, 2017 - "On December 22, New York attorney Bryan S. Johnson filed a complaint with the Assistant Chief Immigration Judge for Conduct and Professionalism against Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller. The basis for the complaint was the Chief Judge’s issuance of...

NYC Immigration Court Erodes Protections for Kids Without Lawyers

David Brand, CityLimits, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Over the past few months, finding legal representation has become even more challenging for immigrant children in New York City because Manhattan’s federal immigration court has eroded several of the practices and provisions designed to help children...

Class Action Challenges Trump, Sessions Attack on Refugee Children

NYCLU, Feb. 20, 2018 - "The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced a class action lawsuit against the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for trapping immigrant children in prolonged detention. Though the agency is obligated to promptly reunify children with their families, the release...

ACLU Files National Class Action Lawsuit Over Trump's Practice of Forcibly Separating Parents, Young Children

ACLU, Mar. 9, 2018 - "The American Civil Liberties Union filed a national class-action lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s practice of forcibly separating asylum-seeking parents and young children. The filing broadens an existing ACLU lawsuit seeking to reunite an asylum...

ICE Isn’t Following its Own Handbook on How to Deport Kids

Aura Bogado, Reveal News, Apr. 25, 2018 - "An internal federal immigration handbook’s regulations outlining how minors “aging out” of custody are supposed to be treated contrasts starkly with realities on the ground, according to immigration advocates and a federal judge’s...

Federal Court: Family Separation 'Brutal, Offensive...Shocks the Conscience'

"These allegations sufficiently describe government conduct that arbitrarily tears at the sacred bond between parent and child, and is emblematic of the “exercise of power without any reasonable justification in the service of an otherwise legitimate governmental objective[.]” ... Such...

ABA President Hilarie Bass Sends Letter to DOJ, DHS Opposing Separation of Families

ABA, June 12, 2018 - "American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass sent a letter today to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expressing the association’s strong opposition to recent actions by the Department of Justice and DHS that...

What the Bible Really Says About Immigration Policy

Their feelings hurt because many religious denominations and leaders (Franklin Graham!) have denounced family separations at the border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders are pushing back , citing an infamous Bible passage . In 2010 Bruce and Judy...

Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border (Updated June 17, 2018)

Dahlia Lithwick, Margo Schlanger, Slate, June 17, 2018 - "If you’re horrified by news of families being separated at the borders, here’s a bit of news you can use. First, the policy: It helps to be incredibly clear on what the law is, and what has and has not changed. When Donald Trump...