Aaron Reichlin-Melnick

Aaron Reichlin-Melnick is a Staff Attorney at the American Immigration Council, where he works primarily on impact litigation and amicus curiae briefs. Prior to joining the Council, he was an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow placed as a Staff Attorney at the Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society in New York City, representing immigrants placed in removal proceedings because of a prior criminal conviction. Aaron holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Politics and East Asian Studies from Brandeis University.

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Sessions Ends Administrative Closure at the Expense of Due Process in Immigration Court

Sessions Ends Administrative Closure at the Expense of Due Process in Immigration Court

Altering decades of practice in immigration court and placing immense pressure on an overburdened immigration court system, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision in an immigration case on Thursday declaring immigration judges do not have general authority to administratively close cases. The decision applies nationwide—though we can expect it will be challenged in the […]

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Here’s What Happened Inside the Supreme Court During the Travel Ban Arguments

Here’s What Happened Inside the Supreme Court During the Travel Ban Arguments

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in Trump v. Hawaii, one of several cases challenging President Trump’s third travel ban. After two earlier travel bans were partially or fully struck down by federal courts, President Trump imposed the current travel ban. The third travel ban targets foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries who seek […]

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The Supreme Court Strikes Down Vague Deportation Law

The Supreme Court Strikes Down Vague Deportation Law

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling on Tuesday in Sessions v. Dimaya, declared a provision of immigration law so vague as to be unconstitutional. Noncitizens—including green card holders—can be deported for a conviction for what is known in immigration law as a “crime of violence.” The “crime of violence” deportation ground is considered as […]

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USCIS Is Withholding Records Showing That Border Agents Are Abusing Asylum Seekers

USCIS Is Withholding Records Showing That Border Agents Are Abusing Asylum Seekers

As thousands of Central American families arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border asking for asylum in 2014, human rights organizations raised alarms about asylum seekers’ treatment by Customs and Border Protection officials. But these organizations were not the only ones expressing concern—asylum officers within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also raised alarms about CBP misbehavior. A […]

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Supreme Court Finds No Right to a Bond Hearing Under Immigration Law

Supreme Court Finds No Right to a Bond Hearing Under Immigration Law

Indefinitely detained immigrants facing possible deportation lost ground in their fight for the right to a bond hearing following a Supreme Court decision on Tuesday. Their sole remaining weapon is the U.S. Constitution. The ruling by Justice Samuel Alito in Jennings v. Rodriguez reverses a decision that had required the government to give certain immigrants […]

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Supreme Court Rejects the Government’s Premature Request to Hear DACA Case

Supreme Court Rejects the Government’s Premature Request to Hear DACA Case

The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s request to hear an emergency appeal of a lower court’s January decision that prevents the government from fully ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Now that the Supreme Court has rejected their request, the government must continue to process DACA renewals while it fights the lower […]

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In a Decision Strongly Rebuking ICE, Court Orders the Release of Ravi Ragbir

In a Decision Strongly Rebuking ICE, Court Orders the Release of Ravi Ragbir

  Following the contentious arrest of immigrant activist Ravi Ragbir, a federal district court ordered his immediate release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention on Monday. The executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City was unexpectedly detained at an ICE check-in on January 11, sparking street protests which led to the […]

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Already Facing a Backlog, Sessions Aims to Add 350,000 Cases to Immigration Courts

Already Facing a Backlog, Sessions Aims to Add 350,000 Cases to Immigration Courts

In a rare move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently referred an immigration case to himself, invoking a federal statute that allows attorneys general to reconsider cases decided by the Board of Immigration Appeals, which hears appeals from immigration courts nationwide. Sessions referred the case to himself after an immigration judge recently closed the administrative proceedings […]

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Travel Ban 3.0 Developments: What You Should Know

Travel Ban 3.0 Developments: What You Should Know

The Supreme Court—with a 7-2 vote on Monday—gave the green light to the Trump administration’s third travel ban, allowing it to fully go into effect. In two brief orders, the Supreme Court temporarily lifted injunctions from federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland that had prevented the Trump administration from imposing an indefinite ban on the […]

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President Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked by Courts yet Again

President Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked by Courts yet Again

Only hours before President Trump’s third travel ban was set to go into effect Tuesday night, it was halted by the same federal court in Hawaii that stopped the second version of the travel ban in March. In his order, Judge Watson found that President Trump had gone beyond what Congress had allowed him to […]

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