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The Department of Justice Sues California Over Its ‘Sanctuary’ Policies

The Department of Justice Sues California Over Its ‘Sanctuary’ Policies

A lawsuit challenging several California laws filed Tuesday is the U.S. Justice Department’s latest salvo in the ongoing policy and legal battle regarding “sanctuary” policies. The complaint, which names the State of California, California Governor Jerry Brown, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants, claims that three California laws addressing the role of states, […]

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Trump Administration to Announce H-1B Visa Changes

Trump Administration to Announce H-1B Visa Changes

Several media outlets have reported that on Tuesday, April 18, President Trump will sign an executive order mandating that the immigration agencies undertake a review of the H-1B visas classification and suggesting that they must take steps to overhaul the process for allocating the limited number available to those employers subject to the annual “cap.” According […]

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Federal Appeals Court Says Muslim Ban Stays on Hold

Federal Appeals Court Says Muslim Ban Stays on Hold

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s emergency request to lift the temporary restraining order halting the implementation of President Trump’s travel ban.  The Court rejected the government’s attempt to shield the Executive Order behind national security, explaining that doing so “runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.” This decision affirms […]

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Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Immigration

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Immigration

President Donald Trump announced his choice Tuesday to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia nearly one year ago. In nominating Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch, a Harvard Law School graduate who was confirmed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, President Trump has effectively chosen to […]

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Supreme Court Considering Whether Misdemeanor Results in Automatic Deportation

Supreme Court Considering Whether Misdemeanor Results in Automatic Deportation

Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Torres v. Lynch, a case that provides a harsh reminder of the real life consequences of our unforgiving immigration laws. The petitioner in the case, Jorge Luna-Torres, a lawful permanent resident, was convicted of a misdemeanor offense for which he served only one day in prison […]

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No Justice For Family of Mexican Child Killed By U.S. Border Patrol Agent

No Justice For Family of Mexican Child Killed By U.S. Border Patrol Agent

On June 7, 2010, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, a fifteen-year-old Mexican national, was playing with a group of friends on the Mexican side of the border near the Paso del Norte Bridge in El Paso, Texas. The boy and his friends were playing a game in which they ran up the incline of a cement […]

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How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as just a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three year old who arrived at the United States border in April 2014 because family members […]

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Why is the Obama Administration Arguing that Undocumented Immigrants Should Not Practice Law?

Why is the Obama Administration Arguing that Undocumented Immigrants Should Not Practice Law?

Today, the California Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case that asks whether an undocumented immigrant may receive a license to practice law in California. The Committee of Bar Examiners – the entity charged with deciding who qualifies for a law license in California – supports admitting Sergio Garcia to the bar. So […]

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