Karolina Walters – Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Mon, 22 Oct 2018 21:56:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/16/court-governments-turnback-policy-asylum-seekers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/16/court-governments-turnback-policy-asylum-seekers/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:43:58 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23541

Eight new asylum seekers joined a lawsuit last week that challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials’ widespread and well-documented practice of turning back asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry (POE) along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plaintiffs also amended the complaint in the lawsuit with new facts documenting an official “Turnback Policy” that […]

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Immigration Judges’ Union Fights for Judicial Independence http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/17/immigration-judges-union-judicial-independence/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/17/immigration-judges-union-judicial-independence/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:00:22 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22978

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the union that represents the nation’s immigration judges, is challenging the government’s decision to remove an immigration judge from a well-known case and replace him with a judge who immediately ordered the immigrant in the case deported. NAIJ’s grievance addresses the treatment of one immigration judge, but its […]

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United States Seeks to Reject Asylum Seekers by Designating Mexico a Safe Third Country http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/01/asylum-seekers-mexico-safe-third-country/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/01/asylum-seekers-mexico-safe-third-country/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:46:53 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22553

For generations, the United States has opened its doors to individuals from around the world seeking safety and protection. The process of seeking asylum in the United States is rigorous and well-established under U.S. law. But in a cynical attempt to reject asylum seekers who present themselves at ports of entry along the U.S. southern […]

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Canadian Lawsuit Challenges the United States’ Designation as a Safe Country for Asylum Seekers http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/20/canadian-lawsuit-united-states-safe-country-asylum-seekers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/20/canadian-lawsuit-united-states-safe-country-asylum-seekers/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:48:13 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22338

The United States has historically been viewed as a nation that welcomes refugees fleeing from violence and persecution in their home countries. Yet, the Trump administration recently reiterated its proposal that Central American refugees seeking asylum in the United States should instead seek refuge in Mexico. As these debates on Mexico’s ability to take on […]

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Court Ensures That Asylum Seekers Will Receive a Fair Opportunity to Apply for Asylum http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/02/court-asylum-seekers-apply/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/02/court-asylum-seekers-apply/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 21:47:07 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22239

A federal court judge in Seattle ordered the government to notify asylum seekers that they are required by law to file their asylum applications within one year of their entry, and to adopt and implement a procedure that will ensure that applicants are able to file their asylum applications by the deadline. This decision, issued […]

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Asylum Seekers Are Being Systematically Turned Away at the U.S.-Mexico Border http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/15/asylum-seekers-turned-away-border/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/11/15/asylum-seekers-turned-away-border/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:52:10 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21555

It is an egregious, well-documented reality that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frequently turns away people seeking asylum along the U.S. southern border. But new evidence presented to a federal district court on Monday shows that CBP’s practice of blocking access to asylum—through the use of misrepresentations about the asylum process, threats, abuse, and […]

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The Fight for Appointed Counsel for Immigrant Children Continues http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/10/fight-counsel-immigrant-children-continues/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/10/fight-counsel-immigrant-children-continues/#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:57:10 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21153

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument on Tuesday in C.J.L.G. v. Sessions – a case that raises grave due process concerns for indigent immigrant children. At issue is whether an immigrant child in deportation proceedings has a right to an appointed attorney when he cannot afford to hire one himself. For years, […]

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Groups Sue U.S. Government for Turning Away Asylum Seekers http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/07/12/sue-customs-border-protection-turning-away-asylum-seekers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/07/12/sue-customs-border-protection-turning-away-asylum-seekers/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:27:39 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21002

Men, women, and children fleeing persecution, grave violence, and even death arrive daily at Ports of Entry (POE) all along the U.S.-Mexico border and present themselves to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to seek asylum in the United States. The right to seek asylum is guaranteed under both U.S. and international law, yet […]

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The Government Continues to Ignore the Rights of Children in Detention, Court Finds http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/06/28/government-continues-ignore-rights-children-detention-court-finds/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/06/28/government-continues-ignore-rights-children-detention-court-finds/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:38:55 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20960

Despite being among some of the most vulnerable, children seeking asylum in the United States often fare the worst. Upon entering the United States, children are often detained for extended periods in violation of a long-standing agreement known as the Flores settlement. The Flores agreement essentially acts as a contract between the government and children […]

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America’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Reviewed by Regional Human Rights Body http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/21/iachr-asylum/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/03/21/iachr-asylum/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:22:52 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=20492

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) heard testimony today about policies that prevent access to the U.S. asylum process for those fleeing grave danger in their home countries. U.S. law guarantees the right to seek asylum to all who flee persecution and arrive at our border looking for protection. And yet, the testimony heard […]

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Supreme Court Hears Immigration Case Asserting Discrimination Against Unmarried American Fathers http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/11/17/supreme-court-hears-immigration-case-asserting-discrimination-unmarried-american-fathers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/11/17/supreme-court-hears-immigration-case-asserting-discrimination-unmarried-american-fathers/#respond Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:36:34 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=19912

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Lynch v. Morales-Santana, a case that will decide whether the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) unlawfully favors mothers over fathers of children born out-of-wedlock when granting citizenship to their children born abroad. In determining whether a U.S. citizen parent may transfer his or her citizenship to […]

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Ninth Circuit Finds Court Has No Authority to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Access to Counsel for Children http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/09/29/ninth-circuit-finds-court-no-authority-hear-lawsuit-seeking-access-counsel-kids/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/09/29/ninth-circuit-finds-court-no-authority-hear-lawsuit-seeking-access-counsel-kids/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:17:11 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=19691

In 2014, a legal challenge was mounted against the federal government for its failure to provide legal representation to indigent children in deportation proceedings. The case, F.L.B.. v. Lynch was brought by the American Immigration Council, American Civil Liberties Union, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP. Despite some victories over […]

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