Federal Courts/Jurisdiction

Court Requires Defense Department to Remove Hurdles to Citizenship for Army Reserve Soldiers

Written by on October 31, 2017 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Court Requires Defense Department to Remove Hurdles to Citizenship for Army Reserve Soldiers

In a sweeping decision, a federal judge ruled the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) could not continue to prevent approximately 2,000 noncitizen Army Reserve soldiers from applying for citizenship. The case centers on the treatment of noncitizen soldiers who benefited from the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. MAVNI, established in 2008, […]

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President Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked by Courts yet Again

President Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked by Courts yet Again

Only hours before President Trump’s third travel ban was set to go into effect Tuesday night, it was halted by the same federal court in Hawaii that stopped the second version of the travel ban in March. In his order, Judge Watson found that President Trump had gone beyond what Congress had allowed him to […]

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Travel Ban 3.0: What You Need To Know

Travel Ban 3.0: What You Need To Know

Just as the Trump administration’s 90-day ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries was set to expire, it announced the third version of its travel ban Sunday evening. This latest version expands the list of targeted countries to eight and imposes indefinite and potentially permanent bans on entry for many of the affected nationals. The […]

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States and NGOs Sue Trump Administration Over DACA Termination

States and NGOs Sue Trump Administration Over DACA Termination

With the Trump administration announcing it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative on Tuesday, a number of states, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and DACA recipients immediately went to federal court in attempt to stop its termination. In the two days since the administration called an end to DACA, three lawsuits have been […]

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Massachusetts’ Highest Court Declares Immigration Detainers Are Unenforceable

Massachusetts’ Highest Court Declares Immigration Detainers Are Unenforceable

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a unanimous decision on Monday holding that Massachusetts court officers may not arrest and detain immigrants based solely on a detainer. Although other courts have struck down detainers on the grounds that they violate the Constitution, the Supreme Judicial Court concluded that law enforcement officials have no authority under […]

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Hawaii Judge Rules That Grandparents and Other Close Relatives Are Excluded from the Travel Ban

Hawaii Judge Rules That Grandparents and Other Close Relatives Are Excluded from the Travel Ban

This story was updated on July 19, 2017. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled last week that “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States,” as well as refugees connected to resettlement agencies should be exempt from the Trump administration’s travel ban. This ruling came as a […]

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Court Rules That Immigration Authorities May Not Deny Bond Hearings to Children

Court Rules That Immigration Authorities May Not Deny Bond Hearings to Children

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a strong rebuke to the government’s years-long effort to strip detained immigrant children of the right to a bond hearing in immigration court. The 3-0 decision, authored by Judge Reinhardt on Wednesday, came in a case involving the 1997 Flores settlement which requires the government to comply with […]

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Who Will and Won’t Be Impacted by the Travel Ban After the Supreme Court’s Decision

Who Will and Won’t Be Impacted by the Travel Ban After the Supreme Court’s Decision

The Supreme Court has decided to hear the Travel Ban case when its fall session begins in October 2017. In the meantime, the Court will allow the administration to implement parts of President Trump’s second executive order (EO-2), which bans the entry of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from the United […]

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Supreme Court Sends a ‘Dangerous Message’ by Not Finding Bush Officials Liable in Post-9/11 Abuse Case

Written by on June 21, 2017 in Abuses, Detention, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Sends a ‘Dangerous Message’ by Not Finding Bush Officials Liable in Post-9/11 Abuse Case

A bare majority of the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that six former immigrants of Arab or South Asian descent—all but one of whom are Muslim—cannot sue high-level U.S. officials over policies that authorized punitive detention conditions in the wake of September 11, 2001. The six plaintiffs in Zigler v. Abbasi were swept up in […]

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“Immigration, Even for the President, Is Not a One-Person Show”: The Ninth Circuit Rejects Trump’s Travel Ban

“Immigration, Even for the President, Is Not a One-Person Show”: The Ninth Circuit Rejects Trump’s Travel Ban

Barely three weeks after the Fourth Circuit ruled that President Trump’s travel ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination” and thus violated the First Amendment by discriminating against Muslims, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the travel ban also violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In upholding a Hawaii federal district court decision that […]

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