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Expedited Removal Hurts the Most Vulnerable In an Already Complicated Immigration System

Expedited Removal Hurts the Most Vulnerable In an Already Complicated Immigration System

The government often relies on “fast track” deportation methods to bypass due process protections in an effort to more rapidly process asylum seekers who come to the United States seeking humanitarian protection. One such deportation method, expedited removal, disadvantages the most vulnerable non-citizens currently in the United States: women and their children held in detention […]

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Former Leader of Anti-Immigrant Group Now Leads USCIS Oversight Office

Written by on May 3, 2017 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments
Former Leader of Anti-Immigrant Group Now Leads USCIS Oversight Office

The Trump administration continues to stack its deck with key players in the anti-immigrant movement, most recently naming Julie Kirchner as the new Ombudsman for the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department. Kirchner, the former executive director of one of the nation’s most prominent anti-immigrant groups, will be tasked with improving the quality of immigration […]

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Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Seekers’ Petition for Federal Court Review

Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Seekers’ Petition for Federal Court Review

The Supreme Court denied review in Castro v. Department of Homeland Security on Monday, which involves dozens of asylum-seeking mothers and children at risk of deportation. The Central American plaintiffs in the case—28 mothers and their 33 children, many of whom have been detained for over a year—fled north to the United States after escaping […]

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These Changes May Keep Asylum Seekers From Getting Their Day in Court

Written by on February 28, 2017 in Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
These Changes May Keep Asylum Seekers From Getting Their Day in Court

Effective February 27, 2017, new changes to the asylum screening process could lead to an increased number of deportations of asylum-seekers who fear persecution upon return to their home country. On February 13, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised its Asylum Division Officer Training Course (ADOTC) lesson plans on how to assess an […]

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New Immigration Court Directive Could Weaken Due Process

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Due Process & the Courts, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
New Immigration Court Directive Could Weaken Due Process

The Trump administration released a memorandum this week–effective immediately–which orders the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (which manages the immigration courts) to prioritize deportation hearings for certain groups, including any non-citizens who are detained and unaccompanied children who do not have a sponsor.  The memo rescinded preexisting immigration court priorities from early […]

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Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by Customs and Border Protection

Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by Customs and Border Protection

For many months, lawyers and advocates have received damning reports from asylum-seeking families, adults, and even unaccompanied minors fleeing Mexico and Central America who have been systematically turned away by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Ysidro, CA to Brownsville, TX. The Washington Post covered the troubling trend on […]

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My Wish This Holiday Season

Written by on December 23, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
My Wish This Holiday Season

For many around the world, this time of year is full of colorful lights, cooking, spending time with loved ones, and spreading holiday cheer. However, take just a moment to reflect on the situation of those individuals, around the world, who are on the move today in search of safety and protection.

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Asylum Free Zones in the U.S. Examined by Inter-American Commission

Written by on December 20, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Asylum Free Zones in the U.S. Examined by Inter-American Commission

Entire jurisdictions in the United States have become so hostile to asylum seekers and their representatives that the U.S. government, and its immigration court system, is failing to deliver on its international and national obligation to protect them. The asylum-seekers who end up in one of these hostile jurisdictions, which advocates call “asylum-free zones,” face […]

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18 Central American Families Fear Deportation After Federal Court Refuses Review

Written by on November 2, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Detention with 1 Comment
18 Central American Families Fear Deportation After Federal Court Refuses Review

Almost one year ago, on November 16, 2015, 29 Central American women and their 35 minor children, represented by the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, sought federal court review of the legality of their removal orders, through an action known as habeas corpus. A year later, the 18 families who remain detained face imminent deportation without […]

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