Kristin Macleod-Ball

Kristin Macleod-Ball is a Staff Attorney at the American Immigration Council, where she works to protect the due process rights of individuals facing removal through affirmative litigation, amicus briefs, and practice advisories for immigration attorneys. Previously, she was a Litigation Attorney with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, where she focused on federal court litigation to promote the immigration, political, and civil rights of noncitizens. Kristin holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Political Studies and Human Rights from Bard College.

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The Trump Administration Plans to Incarcerate Some Asylum Seekers Indefinitely

The Trump Administration Plans to Incarcerate Some Asylum Seekers Indefinitely

In a disheartening decision on Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr announced he plans to eliminate bond hearings for asylum seekers who pass an initial asylum screening interview after entering the United States. However, this new anti-immigrant policy will face legal challenges before it goes into effect. The Attorney General’s decision, in a case called Matter […]

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Certain Detained Asylum Seekers Must Receive a Bond Hearing Within 7 Days, Judge Orders

Certain Detained Asylum Seekers Must Receive a Bond Hearing Within 7 Days, Judge Orders

Asylum seekers are often imprisoned in immigration detention for weeks or months before they can ask a judge to release them, even though they’re entitled to bond hearings. But this injustice may soon be corrected for some asylum seekers. On Friday, a U.S. district court judge ruled that certain detained asylum seekers must receive a […]

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Immigrants Are Regularly Kept Locked up for Months After Deportation Orders

Immigrants Are Regularly Kept Locked up for Months After Deportation Orders

When the U.S. government orders that an immigrant in its custody must be deported, the person isn’t supposed to remain incarcerated for long. Yet the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) often does not deport people promptly. This means thousands of people suffer in detention for months after they’re ordered deported. This is what the DHS’s […]

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Lawsuit Challenging Delays in Asylum Screening Interviews and Bond Hearings Continues

Lawsuit Challenging Delays in Asylum Screening Interviews and Bond Hearings Continues

A federal court in Seattle on Tuesday permitted a case challenging unlawful delays in asylum screening interviews and bond hearings for asylum seekers to move forward over the government’s objection. The plaintiffs in the case are four immigrants who came to the United States to seek asylum. After they arrived, immigration officials kept them in […]

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Federal Court to Consider Again Whether Children Can Be Deported Without Attorneys

Federal Court to Consider Again Whether Children Can Be Deported Without Attorneys

On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in C.J.L.G. v. Whitaker, a case that addresses whether children facing deportation have the right to a court-appointed attorney. Currently, immigration courts order unrepresented children deported despite the potential life-or-death consequences of these cases. C.J. fled Honduras when he was 13-years-old after he was held […]

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Asylum Seekers Challenge Spending Months Locked Up Without Interviews or Bond Hearings

Asylum Seekers Challenge Spending Months Locked Up Without Interviews or Bond Hearings

Earlier this year, the Trump administration launched its “zero tolerance” policy, aimed at punishing immigrants, including asylum seekers, who enter the United States without authorization. Among its many inhumane effects, this policy is leaving asylum seekers to languish in detention for weeks or months without the opportunity to present their asylum claims or request release […]

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President Trump’s Anti-‘Sanctuary’ City Order Is Unconstitutional

President Trump’s Anti-‘Sanctuary’ City Order Is Unconstitutional

A key part of President Trump’s effort to bar so-called “sanctuary” cities and counties from receiving money from the federal government has been ruled unconstitutional. Last week’s decision by a federal court of appeals is just the latest in a string of defeats for the Trump administration in federal court as it continues to attack […]

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Asylum Seeker Files Lawsuit After CBP Officers Falsify Paperwork and Then Deport Him

Asylum Seeker Files Lawsuit After CBP Officers Falsify Paperwork and Then Deport Him

Time and time again, immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border are never given a meaningful opportunity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to explain why they fear returning to their country of origin. All too often CBP officers fail to follow the rules designed to protect asylum seekers at the border, and […]

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Lawsuit Asks Government to Stop Blocking Temporary Protected Status Holders from Applying for Green Cards

Lawsuit Asks Government to Stop Blocking Temporary Protected Status Holders from Applying for Green Cards

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an important humanitarian protection for people who are in the United States when certain natural disasters or civil conflict strike their home countries, making it unsafe for them to return. Despite the fact that conditions in many of these countries have not improved since their nationals received TPS, the Trump […]

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Lawsuit Filed Against DOJ and Judges in North Carolina Who Refuse to Hold Bond Hearings

Lawsuit Filed Against DOJ and Judges in North Carolina Who Refuse to Hold Bond Hearings

In a sharp departure from the practice of immigration courts around the country, immigration judges in North Carolina are refusing to conduct bond hearings for detained immigrants who come before the Charlotte Immigration Court. This unlawful, alarming, and unconscionable practice deprives noncitizens of their basic due process rights.

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