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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...

Kids in Cages, Laura Bush Pushes Back, and S.3036

Begin your Monday, June 18, 2018 with these three stories: 1) "Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside." 2) "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries...

We Are Better Than This

Claire Thomas-Duckwitz, M.A., Ph.D., L.P., June 18, 2018 - "I visited Dilley, Texas in 2015 as part of a research team investigating practices at detention centers that housed migrants from Central America. Our study was commissioned by the Unitarian Universalist Church in order to report on and...

Colorado Gov. Signs Executive Order Limiting Use of State Resources to Separate Immigrant Parents, Children

Gov. John Hickenlooper, June 18, 2018 - "Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an executive order, in response to the Trump administration’s family separation policy, that keeps Colorado from using state resources to separate children from their parents or legal guardians on the sole ground...

Couple raises record $4 million on Facebook to reunite immigrant families

Jessica Guynn, USA Today, June 19, 2018 - "In what is the largest single fundraiser ever on Facebook, a Silicon Valley couple has drummed up millions of dollars from tens of thousands of people to reunite immigrant parents with their children. As of Tuesday morning, over 97,000 people had contributed...

Babies Behind Bars: Child Abuse Now Government Policy Under Trump, Sessions, Nielsen

Steve Turnham, ABC News, June 18, 2018 - "There’s a vivid term mental health experts use to describe the destruction of the love of life in another human being, especially in a child: It's called “soul murder.” It can happen as a result of physical abuse, they say, but just...

Handcuffs, assaults, and drugs called 'vitamins': Children allege grave abuse at migrant detention facilities

Blake Ellis, Melanie Hicken, and Bob Ortega, CNN, June 21, 2018 - "A year before the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy resulted in more than 2,300 children being separated from their families at the border in a mere five-week period, a ninth-grader in McAllen, Texas, was...

How Trump Administration Officials Can Be Found Criminally Culpable For Separating Children From Parents - Cyrus Mehta & Sophia Genovese

Cyrus Mehta & Sophia Genovese, June 24, 2018 - "The Trump Administration has continued to perpetuate the falsehood that immigrants are criminals, despite overwhelming evidence that communities are safer when immigrants arrive . Trump’s recent spectacle to honor victims of crimes perpetrated...

ASYLUM SEEKERS FILE CLASS-ACTION SUIT DEMANDING TO BE REUNITED WITH THEIR CHILDREN

NWIRP, June 25, 2018 - "Three women who were forcibly separated from their children by immigration officials when they entered the United States to seek asylum filed a lawsuit today in Seattle, Washington, on behalf of themselves and dozens of other separated families. The lawsuit seeks an order...

Court Orders Reunification of Families Separated at Border, Certifies Nationwide Class (Ms. L. v. ICE)

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR CLASSWIDE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION - "Unless there is a determination that the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child, or the parent affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily declines to be reunited with the child: (a) Defendants must reunify...

Support Kids at the Border

Act Blue : "Chip in to critical groups working to protect kids separated from their families by ICE: Al Otro Lado - serves indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana & Los Angeles https://www.alotrolado.org The Florence Project - providing legal & social services to...

Former ICE lawyer switches sides: I want to protect immigrant children, not prosecute them

Laura Peña, June 27, 2018 - "My face turned beet red when the immigration judge demanded I explain why a six-month old baby was being called to appear separately from his mother in a removal hearing. Though the mother was physically in the courtroom cradling her child, the infant’s...

Court Enjoins ORR Policy Prolonging Detention of Immigrant Children: L.V.M. v. Lloyd

NYCLU, June 27, 2018 - "A federal judge today granted a preliminary injunction ending a policy of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) requiring Trump-apointed director Scott Lloyd to personally review and approve the release of any detained immigrant child who is or has ever been in a heightened...

Teen Taken at U.S. Border Tells of ‘Icebox’ Cages With 60 Girls

Erik Larson, Bloomberg, July 3, 2018 - "A 15-year-old girl who was forcibly separated from her mother after fleeing to the U.S. from El Salvador described to a Washington State investigator how she was crammed into a windowless room with 60 other girls and deprived of proper sleep or food for three...

Fact: Mass Detention of Migrant Families is Unnecessary, Inefficient

Eleanor Acer, Just Security, July 5, 2018 - "The administration’s turn toward mass detention of asylum seekers and migrants flies in the face of numerous empirical studies, including the government’s own statistics, that show such policies to be highly unnecessary and inefficient. ....

Defense Contractor Detained Migrant Children in Vacant Phoenix Office Building

Aura Bogado, Ziva Branstetter and Vanessa Swales, Reveal, CIR, July 6, 2018 - "A major U.S. defense contractor quietly detained dozens of immigrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets during three weeks of the Trump administration’s...