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Court Finds Federal Officers Can be Sued for Mistreatment of Immigrants in Detention

Written by on July 29, 2015 in Administration, Courts, Due Process with 0 Comments
Court Finds Federal Officers Can be Sued for Mistreatment of Immigrants in Detention

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled last month that eight immigrant men who were detained under extremely punitive conditions in maximum security facilities following 9/11, could proceed with their lawsuit against the individual federal officials responsible for their mistreatment. All of the plaintiffs in Turkmen v. Ashcroft were caught up in the […]

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Study Estimates the Impact of New Priority Enforcement Policies on Deportation Numbers

Study Estimates the Impact of New Priority Enforcement Policies on Deportation Numbers

The Migration Policy Institute released a new report that examines the potential impact of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new policy guidance for immigration enforcement, which attempts to focus immigration enforcement more specifically on certain categories of individuals while, according to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, “deprioritizing those undocumented who have been here for […]

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White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?

Written by on July 23, 2015 in Executive Action, USCIS with 1 Comment
White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?

As part of November 2014’s Executive Action announcement, the President issued a memorandum directing the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to recommend improvements to the immigration system. After seeking public input and receiving roughly 1,650 responses, the agencies submitted their recommendations to the White House and on July 15, the White House released its […]

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Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

Evidence Shows Asylum Seekers Appear for Court with Alternatives to Detention and Legal Assistance

When thousands of Central American families fled violence to the United States last year, the Administration responded by opening family detention centers, which are detaining mothers and children as their asylum-based claims work through the court system. Family detention has since led to complaints of psychological harm, suicide attempts, protests and hunger strikes by detainees, […]

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Report Finds Border Patrol Deporting Children Without Proper Screening

Report Finds Border Patrol Deporting Children Without Proper Screening

A recent U.S. government report found that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deported thousands of Mexican unaccompanied alien children (UACs) under age 14 in violation of its own policies, without adequately screening them for independent decision-making or their fear of returning to Mexico.

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Some 3-Year Work Permits Being Recalled by USCIS

Written by on July 16, 2015 in Children, Deferred Action, USCIS with 0 Comments
Some 3-Year Work Permits Being Recalled by USCIS

 This week, the federal government announced that it would take more aggressive steps to retrieve 2,600 3-year DACA grants, including launching home visits for a small number of people. This move stems from developments in Texas v. United States, the legal challenge to expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents […]

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DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

DHS Secretary Johnson Testifies to House Judiciary Committee About Detainers

On Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson testified to the House Judiciary Committee—his first appearance in Congress since the tragic killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. Secretary Johnson faced Congressional representatives who repeatedly supported making immigration detainer requests mandatory. Johnson responded by repeatedly emphasizing “cooperation” with local authorities, rather than mandated […]

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Appellate Court Hears Oral Argument in Texas v. United States

Written by on July 13, 2015 in Courts, Executive Action with 1 Comment
Appellate Court Hears Oral Argument in Texas v. United States

Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard oral argument in the most closely watched immigration case in years, Texas v. United States. This is a case brought by Texas and a number of other states challenging the legality of two key components of President Obama’s immigration executive actions announced last […]

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CBP Advisory Panel Recommends Revising Use of Force Policies and Adding Investigators

Written by on July 10, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
CBP Advisory Panel Recommends Revising Use of Force Policies and Adding Investigators

Last week, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Integrity Advisory Panel, whose creation was directed by the Secretary of Homeland Security in December 2014, released a report recommending specific steps CBP should take in order to increase transparency, assure integrity, and ensure compliance with use of force policy. The recommendations include both staffing and policy […]

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New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

New Memo on Detained Transgender Immigrants Does Not Go Far Enough

U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) will shift its policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody according to a memo released last week. While the changes seem positive, they still fall short according to LGBTI and immigration advocates.

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