Federal Courts/Jurisdiction

Supreme Court Weighs Challenge to Vague Grounds of Deportation

Written by on January 19, 2017 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Weighs Challenge to Vague Grounds of Deportation

Determining when an immigrant who has been convicted of a crime can be deported is a feat that has been described by federal judges as “far from clear,” “dizzying,” and “labyrinthine.” There is no doubt that the intersection of criminal and immigration law is complex, but how vague can a statute be before it is […]

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California District Court Says Immigrants Ability to Pay Should Influence Bond Decisions

California District Court Says Immigrants Ability to Pay Should Influence Bond Decisions

Unlike in criminal court, where those charged with a crime often hire bail bondsmen and consequently only have to pay 10 percent of the total bail amount, immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) often have to pay the full amount of a bond because there are very few immigration bond companies. Most of […]

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Supreme Court Considers Challenge to Detention of Immigrants Without Bond Hearings

Supreme Court Considers Challenge to Detention of Immigrants Without Bond Hearings

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in what may be the most important immigration case on its docket this fall, Jennings v. Rodriguez. The case, which began as a class action filed in California, raises important questions about whether the government has the authority to categorically deny certain detained immigrants the right to have […]

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Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

A federal judge ordered the Border Patrol to immediately cease its practice of refusing to provide basic amenities to people detained in Border Patrol holding cells in Tucson, Arizona. The judge cited evidence that shows that detainees are kept in freezing holding cells—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” —for days without any access to showers or […]

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Supreme Court Hears Immigration Case Asserting Discrimination Against Unmarried American Fathers

Written by on November 17, 2016 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Hears Immigration Case Asserting Discrimination Against Unmarried American Fathers

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Lynch v. Morales-Santana, a case that will decide whether the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) unlawfully favors mothers over fathers of children born out-of-wedlock when granting citizenship to their children born abroad. In determining whether a U.S. citizen parent may transfer his or her citizenship to […]

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Immigration Groups File Briefs Calling For End to Detention Without Bond

Immigration Groups File Briefs Calling For End to Detention Without Bond

Although the U.S. Constitution provides citizens and noncitizens the right to seek bail after an arrest, immigration detention is different. Certain noncitizens who are arrested by immigration authorities may be detained for months on end, while awaiting hearings that will determine whether they can remain in the United States. Many of these noncitizens are legal […]

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Federal Court Strikes Down Immigration Detainers

Federal Court Strikes Down Immigration Detainers

In a decision late last week, the federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois invalidated the practice of issuing immigration detainers by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The court found that detainers violate federal law because they exceed the government’s warrantless arrest authority and made it clear that federal immigration authorities will […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Rehear Executive Action on Immigration — What’s Next?

Supreme Court Won’t Rehear Executive Action on Immigration — What’s Next?

This week, the United States Supreme Court declined to rehear arguments in United States v Texas, the case challenging expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). This means that the Fifth Circuit’s decision upholding the district court’s preliminary injunction against these initiatives remains […]

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Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

Legal Challenges to Arizona’s SB 1070 End–For Now

After six years of challenges, including a trip to the Supreme Court, the legal battle over Arizona’s SB 1070 has come to an end—for now. The law faced a wave of opposition soon after going into effect in April 2010. In May 2010 civil and immigrant rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the […]

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Government Admits Providing False Information to Supreme Court

Written by on August 31, 2016 in Detention, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Government Admits Providing False Information to Supreme Court

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter to the Supreme Court alerting the Justices that it had provided the Court with incorrect information regarding how long certain noncitizens were held in detention. DOJ initially had provided this false information to the Supreme Court in 2002 for the case, Demore v Kim. The […]

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