Aaron Reichlin-Melnick

Aaron Reichlin-Melnick is a Policy Analyst at the American Immigration Council, where he works primarily on immigration court issues and the intersection of immigration law and policy. He previously worked as a Staff Attorney at the Council, working on impact litigation, Freedom of Information Act litigations, and practice advisories. 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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The Number of Immigrant Children in Detention Just Hit Record Levels – Again

The Number of Immigrant Children in Detention Just Hit Record Levels – Again

After a summer in which almost 3,000 migrant children were separated from their parents at the border, the Trump administration admitted last week that it was holding a record number of children in government custody. Around 14,000 children classified as “unaccompanied children” are now being held in the custody of the Department of Health and […]

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Nominee for ICE Director Refuses to Back Down on Family Separation

Nominee for ICE Director Refuses to Back Down on Family Separation

Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), had a nomination hearing in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Thursday. He had previously served as the former deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), so he faced a committee eager to grill him about his […]

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DACA Is Still in Effect as It Heads to the Supreme Court

DACA Is Still in Effect as It Heads to the Supreme Court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stinging rebuke to President Trump’s ongoing efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative last week, unanimously upholding a lower court injunction which had blocked the Trump administration from ending the program. Just three days before that hearing, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took […]

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What’s Next on Flores After Today’s Deadline for Comments

What’s Next on Flores After Today’s Deadline for Comments

As Americans go to the polls, many will also be taking part in another form of government participation—submitting comments on the Trump administration’s proposal to expand family detention for asylum seekers. The proposed regulations seek to end the decades-old Flores settlement, permitting the government to detain parents and children in family detention centers for indefinite […]

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President Trump Lies to the American Public About Asylum Seekers

President Trump Lies to the American Public About Asylum Seekers

On Thursday, President Donald Trump declared his administration would be taking drastic steps to prevent asylum seekers from coming to the United States. In a rambling speech filled with false and unverifiable claims, the president declared that he intended to detain thousands of asylum seekers—including families and children—in tent cities built by the military. Trump, […]

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Ending Birthright Citizenship Could Put All Americans’ Nationality in Jeopardy

Ending Birthright Citizenship Could Put All Americans’ Nationality in Jeopardy

On Monday night, President Trump told reporters that he intended to end birthright citizenship and claimed that he could do so with an executive order. Birthright citizenship comes from the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that “Any person born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, is a […]

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The Government Outlines Its Plan to Extend TPS Benefits Under Court Order

The Government Outlines Its Plan to Extend TPS Benefits Under Court Order

In early October, a federal court ruled that the Trump administration had violated the law when it terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. After weeks of negotiation with the ACLU, which brought the lawsuit, the government has now come forward with a plan to put that decision […]

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Human Rights Groups Finds More Families Separated Than Originally Reported

Human Rights Groups Finds More Families Separated Than Originally Reported

A new report alleges that the Trump administration (and partially Obama administration) may have separated thousands more families than previously reported and also details how thousands of asylum seekers have been illegally turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices

USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance to its officers in June instructing them to initiate deportation proceedings for certain applicants who were denied immigration benefits. At the same time, the agency put the guidance on hold and solicited comments from the public. On Monday, the guidance went into full effect, putting thousands of […]

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As Immigration Court Quotas Go Into Effect, Many Call For Reform

As Immigration Court Quotas Go Into Effect, Many Call For Reform

On October 1, immigration judges around the country will arrive at work and face a daunting new task; complete 700 removal cases in the next year or risk official sanction. The new court quotas and performance metrics were imposed as part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ ongoing push to reduce immigration court backlogs. Immigrant advocates […]

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