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Tennessee: Death of Worker’s Widow Does Not Extinguish Stepson’s Right to Dependency Benefits

Where a widow sought workers’ compensation death benefits on behalf of herself and her son—the step-son of the deceased worker—and the widow died while the claim was still pending, the trial court erred when it granted the employer’s motion for summary judgment and held that neither...

ICE Raids Have Chilling Effect on Education of Children: Report

Georgetown Law, Apr. 11, 2016 - "Recent raids by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have had a chilling effect on the education of recently arrived children – including those seeking asylum from the violence in Central America – according to a report published today...

Private Prison CEOs ‘Pleased’ Their Earnings Soared From Keeping Immigrant Kids In Detention

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, May 10, 2016 - "During separate conference calls to talk about earnings reports, two of the country’s largest for-profit private prisons indicated that they saw their profits soar from holding immigrant mothers and children in detention centers across the country. Revenues...

Thousands Of Child Migrants Go Unrepresented In Immigration Court

Jude Joffe-Block, Fronteras, June 9, 2016 - "Between July 2014 and April 2016, the U.S. initiated removal proceedings against more than 64,000 children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents, according to data from the Executive Office of Immigration Review. Many of these children...

Low-Priority Immigrants Still Swept Up in Net of Deportation

Julia Preston, New York Times, June 25, 2016 - "Deportations continue, thousands every week. In November 2014 when Mr. Obama first announced the protection programs, he also set new priorities for enforcement. Since then, immigration authorities say, their focus is on removing convicted criminals...

How to Crowdsource a Refugee Rights Strategy - Stephen Manning, TEDx

TEDx, June 2016 - "Attorney Stephen W. Manning is a founding partner of Immigrant Law Group PC and the founder and director of the Innovation Law Lab, a non-profit that combines technology and litigation to create next generation activism against mass incarceration of refugees and immigrants. This...

Ninth Circuit Panel Urges Feds to Work with Lawyers for Refugee Kids

David Rogers, Politico, July 7, 2016 - "Unhappy with the choices before them, a three-judge federal appeals court panel urged the Justice Department and migrant-rights lawyers to work together more to try to reach some resolution on the question of legal counsel for children before the immigration...

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous terms to Corrections Corporation of America, the...

It’s Children Against Federal Lawyers in Immigration Court

Fernanda Santos, New York Times, Aug. 21, 2016 - "Every week in immigration courts around the country, thousands of children act as their own lawyers, pleading for asylum or other type of relief in a legal system they do not understand. Suspected killers, kidnappers and others facing federal felony...

Lawyers Call for Investigation of Immigration Judges re Asylum, Children

Bryan Johnson, Sept. 29, 2016 - "Several Immigration Judges at the Charlotte and Atlanta Immigration Courts are responsible for knowingly and systematically depriving unrepresented immigrants before them of their right to apply for asylum and/or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. What follows is...

Report of the DHS Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers

ICE, Sept. 30, 2016 - "The detention of migrant children and families by the U.S. government has been controversial since its inception. Child and family detention has been the subject of a number of federal lawsuits – most notably, the Flores litigation (currently captioned Flores v. Lynch...

Saving Child Migrants While Saving Ourselves - Hon. Paul Wickham Schmidt (Ret.)

Paul Wickham Schmidt, Oct. 12, 2016 - "They cross deserts, rivers, and territories controlled by corrupt governments, violent gangs, and drug cartels. They pass through borders, foreign countries, different languages and dialects, and changing cultures. I meet them on the final leg of their trip...

Hundreds of Asylum-Seekers Released After Texas Court Ruling

Tina Vasquez, Rewire, Dec. 5, 2016 - "After more than a year of court proceedings, a judge in Texas issued a final judgment late Friday afternoon, preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing child-care licenses to the South Texas Family Residential Center...

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!