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Federal Court Allows Controversial ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy to Continue

Federal Court Allows Controversial ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy to Continue

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is resuming its controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy. This policy requires asylum-seeking Central American migrants who arrive at our Southern border to return to Mexico to await their immigration court hearings in the United States. A federal judge in California had previously blocked the policy’s implementation until the court […]

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Federal Court Stops USCIS Policy Harmful to Students and Exchange Visitors

Federal Court Stops USCIS Policy Harmful to Students and Exchange Visitors

A federal district court recently prevented U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from imposing a new policy that radically changed how the agency determines when a foreign student or exchange visitor is “unlawfully present” in the United States. “Unlawful presence” is a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized […]

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Government Will Help 2,700 Central American Children Reunite With Their Families After Court Settlement

Government Will Help 2,700 Central American Children Reunite With Their Families After Court Settlement

The Trump administration has agreed to reverse course and begin the process of reuniting 2,700 children living in Central America with their parents in the United States. The decision comes as part of a lawsuit that challenged the termination of the Central American Minors (CAM) program. This program allowed parents legally living in the United […]

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expansive Immigration Detention

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expansive Immigration Detention

Immigrants with even minor, dated criminal convictions will now be placed in mandatory detention without the possibility of a bond hearing—even if they have already served their time and been previously released. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Nielsen v. Preap this week. A majority of the Court ruled that an immigration law […]

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Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court

Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court

Many asylum seekers who travel to the United States seeking protection often receive something much less—they are arrested by immigration officials and provided no meaningful way to challenge their deportation in federal court. Last week, in Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appeals court […]

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Congress Members and Others Argue Against Turning Back Asylum Seekers

Congress Members and Others Argue Against Turning Back Asylum Seekers

The Trump administration’s policy of turning back asylum seekers has been devastating, as vulnerable people are repeatedly denied access to the asylum process at ports of entry (POEs) along the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, Members of Congress, states, organizations, and law professors are standing up to the administration by supporting a lawsuit that challenges the government’s […]

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TPS Holders from Honduras and Nepal Sue the Trump Administration Over Terminations

TPS Holders from Honduras and Nepal Sue the Trump Administration Over Terminations

With the fate of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in jeopardy, immigrants from Honduras and Nepal brought a class action lawsuit against the federal government this week to stop the Trump administration from ending TPS for their respective countries. The case’s plaintiffs—six adults with TPS and two of their U.S.-born children—maintain that the termination is […]

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Trump Administration’s Immigration Proposal Is Dead on Arrival

Trump Administration’s Immigration Proposal Is Dead on Arrival

President Trump went in front of the public on Saturday and claimed he was going to propose a “compromise” to end the ongoing government shutdown. Instead of offering a bipartisan bill that would protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients from deportation, the 1300-page bill unveiled Monday night was […]

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The Trump Administration Loses Fight to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

The Trump Administration Loses Fight to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s plan to add a question on U.S. citizenship to the 2020 Census on Tuesday, ruling that the controversial move “violated the public trust” and would be damaging to immigrants. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the administration’s intention to add the question – “Is this person a citizen […]

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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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