Calls to Reform ‘Irredeemably Dysfunctional’ Immigration Court System Grow Louder

Calls to Reform ‘Irredeemably Dysfunctional’ Immigration Court System Grow Louder

Written by on March 22, 2019 in Due Process & the Courts, Reform with 0 Comments

In an exhaustive report  on the immigration court system, the American Bar Association (ABA) called on Congress to make sweeping changes in order to fix a system “on the brink of collapse.” According to the ABA, the immigration courts—which currently face backlogs of over 855,000 cases—are so “irredeemably dysfunctional” that the only solution is for […]

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expansive Immigration Detention

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expansive Immigration Detention

Immigrants with even minor, dated criminal convictions will now be placed in mandatory detention without the possibility of a bond hearing—even if they have already served their time and been previously released. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Nielsen v. Preap this week. A majority of the Court ruled that an immigration law […]

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Congress Debates Reauthorization of Expired Violence Against Women Act

Congress Debates Reauthorization of Expired Violence Against Women Act

Written by on March 20, 2019 in Legislation, Reform with 0 Comments

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark piece of legislation that was the first to offer clear protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, is up for reauthorization this year. The law has been instrumental in providing protections for immigrants who have faced this type of violence. Due to the government shutdown, […]

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Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most

Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most

The Trump administration is set to issue a proposed rule that would prevent the spouses of certain high-skilled temporary foreign workers from getting jobs while they are in the United States. The rule—which would bar employment for those in H-4 status—would waste economic potential and have a disproportionate impact on women. This new rule derives […]

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An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future

An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future

More than 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders whose status was due to expire in the coming months have new reasons to be hopeful. On the legislative front, Congress proposed a new bill to provide permanent status in the United States for many TPS holders and Dreamers. Separately, the Trump administration gave TPS holders from […]

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Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets

Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets

Many of the country’s top immigration agencies operate in secret. This lack of transparency in how immigration laws are implemented, administered, and enforced has the potential to devastate the lives of millions of immigrants and their families. Fortunately, there is a powerful tool—the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—that ensures government agencies comply with their obligations […]

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Federal Judge Rules Government Must Reunite Thousands More Separated Families

Federal Judge Rules Government Must Reunite Thousands More Separated Families

In recent weeks, alarming stories have surfaced indicating that thousands more children were forcibly separated from their parents at the southern border than originally thought. In response to this and earlier reports that the government had begun separating parents as early as 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked a federal judge to expand […]

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After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on Immigration in His New Budget

After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on Immigration in His New Budget

After weeks of tense negotiations, Congress averted a second government shutdown last month by reaching a bipartisan agreement on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget—a budget which gave President Trump very little of his border demands. Undeterred, the president made a budget request for the next fiscal year on Monday. He called for $8.6 billion […]

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Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court

Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court

Many asylum seekers who travel to the United States seeking protection often receive something much less—they are arrested by immigration officials and provided no meaningful way to challenge their deportation in federal court. Last week, in Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appeals court […]

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America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People

America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People

A group of drag queens—clad in feathered boas and wigs—gathered at a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas last week to protest construction of President Trump’s border wall. Lip-syncing to the tunes of Lady Gaga, they hoped to raise money in support of LGBTQ asylum seekers. Though the performance was meant to be lighthearted, […]

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