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Those Who Cannot Remember the Past: How Matter of Castro-Tum Ignores the Lessons of Matter of Avetisyan

David Isaacson, May 22, 2018 - "Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III recently ruled in Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 271 (A.G. 2018) , that immigration judges cannot under most circumstances “administratively close” cases before them (other than in a few instances where...

Federal Court: Sessions' Bid to Curb Philly's Sanctuary City Status is Unconstitutional

Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBCPhiladelphia, June 6, 2018 - "In a decision that made Mayor Jim Kenney break out into song and dance, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over how the city deals with undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Judge...

Sessions to Issue Asylum Decision Today (June 11, 2018)

USDOJ, June 11, 2018 - "...Today, exercising the responsibility given to me under the INA, I will be issuing a decision that restores sound principles of asylum and long standing principles of immigration law. We have not acted hastily, but carefully. In my judgment, this is a correct interpretation...

Sessions Overrules A-R-C-G-: Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018)

Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018) Headnotes: (1)Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 338 (BIA 2014) is overruled. That decision was wrongly decided and should not have been issued as a precedential decision. (2)An applicant seeking to establish persecution on account of membership...

Statement in Response to Sessions' Decision in Matter of A-B- by Retired Immigration Judges and Former Members of the Board of Immigration Appeals

June 11, 2018 - "As former Immigration Judges with decades of experience at the trial and appellate level, we consider the Attorney General’s decision an affront to the rule of law. As former judges, we understand that in order to be fair, case law must develop through a process of impartial...

Matter of A-B- Action Toolkit!

CGRS, June 12, 2018 - "Stand with Refugee Women, Resist Attorney General Sessions’ Attack on Domestic Violence Survivors! FIRST, WHAT ARE THE ISSUES? On June 11, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a deeply disappointing decision in an attempt to erode protections for domestic...

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...

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...

Expert: Family Separation at Border Unlikely to Deter Central American Asylum Seekers

Tana Ganeva, Raw Story, June 19, 2018 - "Immigration experts point out that in addition to being inhumane, the policy is not likely to be effective because unlike Homan’s contention that the parents are choosing poorly, many don’t have much choice when it comes to fleeing their home...

A Former U.S. Attorney Speaks on 'Zero Tolerance'

Barbara McQuade, June 22, 2018 - "Prosecutors accept the fact that they must decline to prosecute some cases so that they can devote resources to more important cases instead. But with zero tolerance for illegal entry misdemeanors, many other crimes will go unaddressed. The Justice Department prosecutes...

Where Family Separation Began: A Case in El Paso Shows Flores is the Solution, Not the Problem

Katherine Hawkins, Just Security, June 22, 2018 - " ... The Trump administration has denounced Flores as a “loophole,” and demanded that Congress override it so that it can start detaining families for longer periods of time. The executive order instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions...

Are Summary Denials Coming to Immigration Court? - Jeffrey S. Chase

Jeffrey S. Chase, June 24, 2018 - "An attorney recently reported the following: at a Master Calendar hearing, an immigration judge advised that if on the Individual Hearing date, both the court and the ICE attorney do not believe the respondent is prima facie eligible for asylum based on the written...

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...

465 Groups Ask Sessions to Rescind Matter of A-B-

Letter, June 27, 2018 - "Dear Attorney General Sessions, The 465 undersigned faith-based, immigration, civil rights, human rights, worker rights, and anti-violence service and advocacy organizations write to express our profound concern for the lives and safety of immigrant survivors of domestic...

Court Orders Immediate Reunification of Mother, Son: Souza v. Sessions (June 28, 2018)

Preliminary Injunction Order, June 28, 2018 - "Plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction is granted. ... Continued separation of D.F., a nine year-old child, and Souza irreparably harms them both. ... this Court orders that: Defendants, their officers...

Immigration Court Bonds Rise Under Trump

Daniel Bush, PBS, June 28, 2018 - "Federal judges are setting unusually large bonds for detained immigrants, immigration attorneys say, including for parents who were separated from their children at the border, a shift that has delayed the parents’ release even as the Trump administration...

Vox (Dara Lind) Exclusive: Draft Asylum Regulation Would Block Many Central Americans

Dara Lind, Vox, June 29, 2018 - "The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is drafting a plan that would totally overhaul asylum policy in the United States. Under the plan, people would be barred from getting asylum if they came into the US between ports of entry and were...

Sealed, Unpublished CA10 Asylum Victory - "A.B." v. Sessions (Bangladesh, Religious Minorities)

"A.B." v. Sessions - "In light of Petitioner’s recent deportation to Bangladesh and concerns about his safety there, we use fictitious initials to protect his identity. ... The BIA did not cite, and we have not found, any evidence to refute these numerous reports of increased persecution...

Court: DOJ Attempt to Avoid Flores Agreement 'Wholly Without Merit'

Flores v. Sessions, July 9, 2018 - "Defendants’ Ex Parte Application is a thinly veiled motion for reconsideration without any meaningful effort to comply with the requirements of Local Rule 7-18. ... Defendants now seek to hold minors in indefinite detention in unlicensed facilities, which...

Family Separation Update - 4 Things You Need to Know (July 10, 2018)

ACLU, July 10, 2018 - "On June 26, a federal judge issued a national injunction in the ACLU’s class action lawsuit against the Trump administration’s policy of separating children and parents at the border. He ordered the government to reunite all children under five with their parents...

Jeffrey S. Chase: Matter of A-B- Being Misapplied by EOIR, DHS

Jeffrey S. Chase, July 13, 2018 - "One month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his cruel, misguided decision in Matter of A-B- , we are seeing the first signs of how the decision is being implemented by the BIA, USCIS, and ICE. There is no question that...