Kristin Macleod-Ball – Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:47:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 President Trump’s Anti-‘Sanctuary’ City Order Is Unconstitutional http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/09/trump-sanctuary-city-order-unconstitutional/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/09/trump-sanctuary-city-order-unconstitutional/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:00:03 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22930

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 http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/07/asylum-seeker-lawsuit-cbp/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/07/asylum-seeker-lawsuit-cbp/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:17:52 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22583

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 http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/22/lawsuit-temporary-protected-status-green-cards/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/22/lawsuit-temporary-protected-status-green-cards/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:28:13 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22015

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 http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/18/lawsuit-filed-doj-judges-north-carolina-refuse-hold-bond-hearings/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/18/lawsuit-filed-doj-judges-north-carolina-refuse-hold-bond-hearings/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:31:17 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21818

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. A newly-filed class action lawsuit challenges this […]

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CBP Is Refusing to Be Transparent About Its Role in Domestic Law Enforcement http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/17/cbp-domestic-law-enforcement-suing/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/17/cbp-domestic-law-enforcement-suing/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:04:30 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21427

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a long track record of operating in the dark, with little transparency and accountability.  The most recent examples come from the agency’s failure to reveal information about its practice of sending agents to serve as translators in routine law enforcement and local emergency services activities. Strong evidence suggests […]

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Supreme Court to Consider Whether DHS Can Subject Noncitizens to Prolonged, Mandatory Detention http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/07/11/supreme-court-immigrant-detention/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/07/11/supreme-court-immigrant-detention/#respond Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:13:17 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=19349

Last month, the Supreme Court announced that, in fall 2016, it will hear arguments in Jennings v. Rodriguez, a challenge to the prolonged detention of noncitizens in removal proceedings. At issue is whether the government can keep a noncitizen who is fighting her deportation case locked up for however long the notoriously lengthy proceedings last, […]

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Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/03/09/judge-believes-toddlers-can-represent-part-problem-battle-representation-kids/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/03/09/judge-believes-toddlers-can-represent-part-problem-battle-representation-kids/#respond Wed, 09 Mar 2016 22:19:14 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18797

Over the past week, several media outlets reported that Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) Jack Weil claimed that he could teach immigration law to three- and four-year-old children such that the children could represent themselves in immigration court. Now, Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims that the U.S. Department of Justice is “looking at various ways […]

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Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/11/23/unaccompanied-children-deportation/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/11/23/unaccompanied-children-deportation/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:07:29 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18228

Last summer, the U.S. government decided to prioritize the deportations of unaccompanied children and of families with children in response to increased numbers of children fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Children’s cases were conducted on an expedited schedule, or “rocket docket,” that left children with little time to try to find an […]

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Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families? http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/10/28/can-state-agencies-license-the-detention-of-immigrant-families/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/10/28/can-state-agencies-license-the-detention-of-immigrant-families/#respond Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:07:04 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18118

In the discussion around family detention, little attention has been paid to the fact that states play an important role in licensing any facilities where children are cared for. That role has come under heightened scrutiny since federal judge Dolly M. Gee ruled in August that, under the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, children […]

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Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/09/24/immigration-courts-have-new-rules-governing-legal-representation-processes/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/09/24/immigration-courts-have-new-rules-governing-legal-representation-processes/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2015 20:23:16 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17988

Last week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced changes to the regulations governing legal representation in immigration court and at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Every year, thousands of immigrants are forced to represent themselves in immigration court. The changes are intended to increase representation of immigrants who are facing deportation – […]

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Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/08/24/government-ordered-to-promptly-release-children-from-family-detention/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/08/24/government-ordered-to-promptly-release-children-from-family-detention/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:33:22 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17807

In a decision issued Friday, a district court in California ruled yet again that the government is violating a long-standing settlement agreement protecting the rights of children in immigration detention. Advocates for immigrant children went to court in February to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which […]

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Government Doubles Down on Locking Up Immigrant Mothers and Children http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/08/10/government-doubles-down-on-locking-up-immigrant-mothers-and-children/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/08/10/government-doubles-down-on-locking-up-immigrant-mothers-and-children/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:10:32 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17701

The government continued to defend its widespread detention of asylum-seeking women and children in documents filed last week in the Flores case. Advocates went to court in February to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which set minimum standards for the detention, release and treatment of […]

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Court Reportedly Set to Order End to Detention of Children in Unlicensed Family Facilities http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/05/14/court-reportedly-set-to-order-end-to-detention-of-children-in-unlicensed-family-facilities/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/05/14/court-reportedly-set-to-order-end-to-detention-of-children-in-unlicensed-family-facilities/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 19:37:01 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17154

In February, advocates went to court to argue that the government’s family detention centers violate the long-standing Flores v. Reno settlement agreement, which set minimum standards for the detention, release and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. In response, government attorneys claimed that the Flores settlement should not apply to children in family detention. […]

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether It’s Okay to Deprive a Person of His Day In Immigration Court http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/04/30/supreme-court-to-decide-whether-its-okay-to-deprive-a-person-of-his-day-in-immigration-court/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/04/30/supreme-court-to-decide-whether-its-okay-to-deprive-a-person-of-his-day-in-immigration-court/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:34:33 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17085

Every day in immigration courts around the country, people facing deportation try to explain why they should be allowed to remain in the United States under our notoriously complex immigration laws. Those who have legal representation rely on their attorneys to follow procedures and make arguments that may be virtually indecipherable to people without legal […]

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Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/03/18/government-claims-children-in-family-detention-centers-are-not-entitled-to-protections/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/03/18/government-claims-children-in-family-detention-centers-are-not-entitled-to-protections/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:19:55 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=16916

The outcry against the detention of children and women seeking protection from violence continues. Just yesterday, over 95 national and local civil rights, human rights, immigrants’ rights, and religious organizations sent a letter to President Obama outlining the mounting criticism of family detention and urging the Administration to follow a recent federal court decision denouncing […]

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The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/02/13/detention-children-families-still-unjust-still-law/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/02/13/detention-children-families-still-unjust-still-law/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:09:06 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=16780

Detaining immigrant children is nothing new. In 1997, the government settled a lawsuit, Flores v. Reno, about the inhumane treatment of immigrant children held in detention. The settlement agreement said officials would follow a set of minimum national standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children subject to immigration detention. That agreement is still […]

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Unrepresented Children Still Being Fast-Tracked Through Immigration Hearings http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/02/06/unrepresented-children-still-fast-tracked-immigration-hearings/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/02/06/unrepresented-children-still-fast-tracked-immigration-hearings/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:52:09 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=16753

Since the government began “prioritizing” the deportation of unaccompanied children and mothers with children last summer, legal service providers and other court observers across the country have reported that immigration judges are giving children less time to find attorneys before moving forward in their cases. Now, children without attorneys are being forced to explain why, […]

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When is Possession of a Sock a Deportable Offense? http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/01/22/possession-sock-deportable-offense/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/01/22/possession-sock-deportable-offense/#respond Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:24:52 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=16700

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Mellouli v. Holder, No. 13-1034, a case that shows just how out of step immigration enforcement has become. Moones Mellouli was a conditional lawful permanent resident engaged to a U.S. citizen and resided in the U.S. for 8 years, but was ordered removed as the result […]

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Unaccompanied Children Deserve Fair Representation in Immigration Courts http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/05/13/unaccompanied-children-deserve-fair-representation-in-immigration-courts/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/05/13/unaccompanied-children-deserve-fair-representation-in-immigration-courts/#respond Tue, 13 May 2014 21:05:54 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=15301

News stories and NGO reports continue to document the plight of “unaccompanied children,” and their complex legal issues were brought to the attention of Congress when Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee last month that the Department of Justice needs to do more to address the problem of unaccompanied children in immigration […]

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Miranda-like Warning for Immigrants Argued in Ninth Circuit http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/02/03/miranda-like-warning-for-immigrants-argued-in-ninth-circuit/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/02/03/miranda-like-warning-for-immigrants-argued-in-ninth-circuit/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:45:02 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=14880

Courts have long recognized that the Constitution requires police officers to inform arrested suspects of their rights—called Miranda warnings in criminal cases—before questioning them about crimes they are accused of committing. The risk is too great that a suspect who is not free to leave and is unaware of his rights would confess only due […]

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