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FOIA Lawsuit Filed Seeking Hutto Bond Data: Gilman v. ICE

Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 30, 2015 - "As a national debate has simmered this year over the detention of immigrant families, a University of Texas law professor is seeking access to public records that she says could prove officials are setting higher bonds for women at the T...

Arizona Detention Conditions Lawsuit Moves Forward: Doe v. Johnson

Court Rejects Government’s Efforts to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Inhumane Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities and Certifies Large Class of Immigrant Plaintiffs; Class Now Seeks to Unseal Government Documents Detailing Abuse NILC, Jan. 13, 2015 - "On Monday, a federal district...

How OPT Became a Flash Point in the Immigration Debate

Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 20, 2016 - "Thousands of foreign students could be forced to leave the United States if a challenge to an obscure federal program is not resolved in the next few weeks. The program, Optional Practical Training, has become the latest flash point...

PEP FOIA Lawsuit Filed: NDLON v. ICE

Adolfo Flores, Jan. 19, 2016 - "Three immigrant advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against several federal agencies who failed to turn over information on a deportation program after the group filed repeated Freedom of Information Act requests. The lawsuit centers around information regarding...

MALDEF Files Lawsuit Challenging Texas Immigrant Harboring Law

MALDEF, Jan. 25, 2016 - " MALDEF filed a legal challenge to Texas House Bill 11's immigrant harboring provision, which targets workers at immigrant shelters and landlords who rent to undocumented immigrants. HB 11 creates a new felony offense of immigrant harboring under which individuals can...

Groups File Immigration 'Rocket Docket' FOIA Lawsuit Against Feds

CNS, Feb. 3, 2016 - "The Department of Justice makes it harder for vulnerable children and families to avoid deportation by hiding its priority immigration docketing policies from the public, the American Immigration Lawyers Association claims in court. Joined by three other legal groups, the AILA...

NJIC Sues DHS, ICE for PEP FOIA Disclosure

NJIC, Feb. 8, 2016 - "Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) filed a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) release data...

Court Extends Deadline for New Post-Study STEM Work Rules

ICEF, Feb. 5, 2016 - "What comes next, according to immigration attorney David Ware of the immigration law firm Ware Immigration, could be even more interesting. Mr Ware anticipates that the proposed regulatory changes may well lead to further litigation. Since the judge had ruled that the 2008...

Court Rules in Favor of Iraqi and Afghan Allies Suing U.S. Government Over Failure to Act on Visa Applications

Urban Justice Center, Feb. 16, 2016 - "In a landmark ruling that could affect thousands of Afghan and Iraqi allies who risked their lives supporting U.S. troops, a federal district court in Washington D.C. has denied the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security’s motion to dismiss a...

SIJ Lawsuit Filed in Texas: Budhathoki v. Johnson

Alex Wolf, Law360, Mar. 9, 2016 - "The heads of the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were hit with a putative class action Tuesday by a group of young immigrants who say they were denied Special Immigrant Juvenile Status despite qualifying and being deemed...

Lawsuit: Trump Lied on Federal Forms, Grossly Underpaid Foreign Models on H-1B Visas

Over one year ago Jamaican model Alexia Palmer filed a class action lawsuit against Trump Model Management, LLC. The lawsuit alleges that Trump's company filed federal visa paperwork, under penalty of perjury, stating Palmer would receive a salary of at least $75,000. In fact she received less than...

FLSA Lawsuit Recovers Guestworker Wages: Fuentes Cordova v. R&A Oysters

SPLC, Mar. 17, 2016 - "A federal judge this week ordered a Gulf Coast seafood company to pay $30,000 to 18 guest workers whose wages were pushed below the minimum wage by their employer, resolving one of the claims in an SPLC lawsuit. In a separate order last week, U.S. District Judge William H...

'Compelled Speech' Lawsuit Challenges New Form I-612 - Schmitt v. Johnson

Brian Schmitt writes: "Hake & Schmitt filed a complaint for declaratory, injunctive, and mandamus relief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against DHS for the new Form I-612, which must be used after September 24, 2015. The new form and its instructions are riddled with...

34-Year Delay in Natz. Adjudication Unlawful: Giammarco v. Johnson

"On March 17, 2016, Judge Bryant issued a thirty-page opinion in Mr. Giammarco’s ... action to compel DHS to adjudicate his 1982 naturalization application. Judge Bryant denied the government’s motion to dismiss, granted Giammarco’s motion for summary judgment, and ordered DHS...

DOJ: Giving Toddlers Lawyers in Immigration Court Would 'Destroy the Framework' of System

June Williams, Courthouse News, Mar. 24, 2016 - "A government attorney told a federal judge Thursday that appointing attorneys for all children facing deportation would "destroy the framework of the immigration system." The Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union battled...

Class Action Challenges DOJ/DHS Bond Policies in Immigration Court Cases: Hernandez v. Lynch

ACLU, Apr. 6, 2016 - "The federal government sets unreasonable bonds for detained immigrants, including asylum seekers, by failing to consider immigrants’ financial resources or ability to pay, according to a class action lawsuit filed today . The suit, filed by the ACLU Foundation of Southern...

Texas Sued for Issuing Child-Care License to Immigration Jail

Madlin Mekelburg, Texas Tribune, May 3, 2016 - "A nonprofit organization has sued the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for issuing a temporary child-care license to an immigration detention facility in Karnes City. Grassroots Leadership , which opposes for-profit prisons, says...

USCIS Sued Over 'Unlawful Delay' Of Citizenship Applications Of Muslims - Arapi v. USCIS

Talal Ansari, BuzzFeed News, May 18, 2016 - "The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully delays the citizenship applications of Muslim immigrants due to a secretive immigration program, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis. The lawsuit — filed by...

Honors Grad Denied DACA Renewal Due To Civil Protests, Sues USCIS: Unzueta v. USCIS

Unzueta v. USCIS, filed May 25, 2016 - "Defendants granted DACA to the Plaintiff in 2013, but denied “renewal” of DACA in 2015 after she continued to be outspoken in support of the rights of other noncitizens. Defendants purported to label Ms. Unzueta Carrasco’s citations for civil...

H-1B Lawsuit Demands Place in Line

Brent Renison, June 1, 2016 - " A place in line, not a rejection based on a computerized lottery, is what employers and employees are seeking in a soon-to-be-filed class action lawsuit challenging the H-1B lottery process. Unlike the lottery, however, there is no need to cross your fingers on this...

H-1B Lottery Lawsuit Filed - Tenrec v. USCIS

Parrilli Renison, June 2, 2016 - "Our firm has initiated a legal challenge to the current lottery process in place for H-1B cap subject petitions, which are at present required to be filed in a 5 day window and randomly selected without regard to order of filing in previous years. Our BLOG POST...

FOIA Lawsuit Filed Against CBP: AIC v. DHS

AIC, June 6, 2016 - "Two years ago, the American Immigration Council released an analysis of data it had obtained from the Department of Homeland Security detailing an utter lack of responsiveness to complaints filed against agents employed by United States Border Patrol. In fact, the report, No...

American Woman Sues for 'Inhuman & Degrading' Border Search: Cervantes v. USA

Jamie Ross, Courthouse News, June 10, 2016 - "Border Patrol agents subjected a teenage U.S. citizen to seven hours of abusive and degrading searches and strip searches for no reason as she tried to walk home from breakfast in Nogales — then they lied about it, her attorney says. As in many...

Asylum Seekers File Class Action Lawsuit Against DHS Over One-Year Filing Deadline

NWIRP, July 1, 2016 - "The U.S. Government has placed unnecessary hurdles in front of asylum seekers who are attempting to file asylum applications within the required time period. In fact, bureaucratic obstacles, a well-documented court backlog, and jurisdictional disputes between agencies often...

Texas Settles Birth Certificate Lawsuit - Updated

Julia Preston, New York Times, July 25, 2016 - "After Nancy Hernandez gave birth to a baby girl in a hospital in Texas in 2013, she went to a county office to get a birth certificate, just as she had after her first two children were born in the state. But officials told Ms. Hernandez, a Mexican...