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Immigrants Could Get a Second Chance in Court If Their Lawyers Give Them Bad Advice

Immigrants Could Get a Second Chance in Court If Their Lawyers Give Them Bad Advice

Immigrants rely heavily on the advice of their lawyers, often times entrusting their entire livelihood on the merits of the counsel. But what happens when a lawyer gives their client bad advice, and that advice becomes the catalyst for their deportation? This is the question the Supreme Court tackled on Tuesday, asking whether an immigrant […]

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Supreme Court Weighs Challenge to Vague Grounds of Deportation

Written by on January 19, 2017 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Weighs Challenge to Vague Grounds of Deportation

Determining when an immigrant who has been convicted of a crime can be deported is a feat that has been described by federal judges as “far from clear,” “dizzying,” and “labyrinthine.” There is no doubt that the intersection of criminal and immigration law is complex, but how vague can a statute be before it is […]

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California District Court Says Immigrants Ability to Pay Should Influence Bond Decisions

California District Court Says Immigrants Ability to Pay Should Influence Bond Decisions

Unlike in criminal court, where those charged with a crime often hire bail bondsmen and consequently only have to pay 10 percent of the total bail amount, immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) often have to pay the full amount of a bond because there are very few immigration bond companies. Most of […]

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Supreme Court Considers Challenge to Detention of Immigrants Without Bond Hearings

Supreme Court Considers Challenge to Detention of Immigrants Without Bond Hearings

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in what may be the most important immigration case on its docket this fall, Jennings v. Rodriguez. The case, which began as a class action filed in California, raises important questions about whether the government has the authority to categorically deny certain detained immigrants the right to have […]

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Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

A federal judge ordered the Border Patrol to immediately cease its practice of refusing to provide basic amenities to people detained in Border Patrol holding cells in Tucson, Arizona. The judge cited evidence that shows that detainees are kept in freezing holding cells—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” —for days without any access to showers or […]

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Immigration Groups File Briefs Calling For End to Detention Without Bond

Immigration Groups File Briefs Calling For End to Detention Without Bond

Although the U.S. Constitution provides citizens and noncitizens the right to seek bail after an arrest, immigration detention is different. Certain noncitizens who are arrested by immigration authorities may be detained for months on end, while awaiting hearings that will determine whether they can remain in the United States. Many of these noncitizens are legal […]

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Board of Immigration Appeals Seeks Clarity on Deportation Relief for Immigrants Waved Through Border Crossings

Written by on October 25, 2016 in Border Enforcement with 1 Comment
Board of Immigration Appeals Seeks Clarity on Deportation Relief for Immigrants Waved Through Border Crossings

Recently the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the agency that hears appeals of decisions of immigration judges nationwide, issued a call for amicus briefs on a deceptively simple question; when a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer waves a person through a border crossing point without checking whether the person has permission to enter the […]

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Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

After six years of challenges, including a trip to the Supreme Court, the legal battle over Arizona’s SB 1070 has come to an end—for now. The law faced a wave of opposition soon after going into effect in April 2010. In May 2010 civil and immigrant rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the […]

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