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Are the Courts Fed Up With America's Badly Broken Immigration Laws?

"Last week a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals looked at five immigration cases , turned to the Department of Homeland Security, and effectively said, "Really!? Are you really going to deport these people? Or are you going to use your common sense and focus your...

The State of Immigration Courts: A View from the Inside

"The problems plaguing the Immigration Court system have been documented for years. ln 1983, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was created to provide independence and insulation for the immigration courts from the enforcement functions of the Immigration and Naturalization Service...

Removal of 190,000 Sought in US Immigration Courts in FY 2013: TRAC

" TRAC projects that in fiscal year 2013 the U.S. government will file actions in Immigration Court seeking to remove over 190,000 individuals from the country, according to the latest data extending through the end of August 2013. The estimated total does not count those individuals deported administratively...

ICE Raids at California Courthouses

"Sergio Villatoro was waiting to pay a traffic ticket at the Kern County courthouse in Lamont, California, when the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid began. ICE agents blocked all of the exits. Although ICE agents made no attempt to establish Mr. Villatoro’s identity –...

Migrant Cases' Fast Track Stirs Alarm

"A Justice Department push for immigration courts to prioritize cases involving unaccompanied minors has raised concern among lawyers and judges that the move could undermine children's rights and lead to an even greater backlog of cases. On Monday, attorneys here representing minors seized...

Holder: Lawyers for Refugee Kids a 'Moral Obligation'

"Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border — even as his department takes the opposite position in court. Holder said Friday in a speech to the Hispanic National Bar Association that, “Though...

NYC Sets Up a Help Desk for Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court

"New York City has set up a help desk in federal immigration court to put unaccompanied children in touch with educational and health services. Three workers from the departments of Education and Health were sitting at a desk in the hallway of Immigration Court in downtown Manhattan this week in...

San Antonio Immigration Court Non-Detained Cases Pushed to November 2019

"We have been having communications with EOIR for months about setting a date for the non-detained cases that have been going off calendar. EOIR has now said that the system will show November 29, 2019 as the reset date for all of the non-detained cases that have not been heard in past months. At...

U.S. Refugee Crisis Shifts From Border To Courts

"[T]he number of children arriving at the border has sharply decreased, in part because Mexico has been returning children to their home countries before they can reach the United States. But the crisis has not ended. It has simply shifted. It is playing out in courtrooms crowded with young defendants...

TRAC Report: Ballooning Wait Times for Hearing Dates in Overworked Immigration Courts

TRAC, Sept. 21, 2015 - "There were nearly a half million individual deportation cases (456,644) pending before the judges in the nation's clearly overwhelmed Immigration Courts at the end of August, according to the very latest information obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice and analyzed...

DOJ to Surge Immigration Judges to Detention Courts in Double Shifts

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Mar. 9, 2017 - "The Department of Justice is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention facilities across the United States, according to two sources and a letter seen by Reuters and sent to judges on Thursday. The department is also considering asking judges to...

Trump Travel Ban Faces Court Hearings By Challengers Today, Mar. 15, 2017

Joel Rose, NPR, Mar. 15, 2017 - "At least three judges will hear last-minute challenges today to President Trump's revised executive order on immigration, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday. The order temporarily halts the U.S. refugee program and travel from six mostly Muslim...

Federal Courts Block Trump Muslim/Travel Ban 2.0

Hawaii TRO here . Maryland TRO here . Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, Mar. 16, 2017 - "A second federal judge issued an injunction Thursday blocking enforcement of one of the critical sections of President Trump’s revised travel ban, using Trump’s own comments against him in deciding...