Immigration Courts

Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a shift in policy for the Department of Justice on Tuesday, directing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement and drastically expand federal court prosecutions of immigration violators across the nation. Operation Streamline and other border enforcement programs—where some border crossers are referred by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to […]

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The Sad State of Atlanta’s Immigration Court

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Immigration Courts with 5 Comments
The Sad State of Atlanta’s Immigration Court

The Atlanta immigration court is known as one of the worst places to be in deportation proceedings. For years, the judges have been accused of abusive and unprofessional practices and the denial rate of asylum applications alone is 98 percent. The latest effort to document this phenomenon comes from Emory Law School and the Southern […]

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Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration

Written by on February 9, 2017 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Attorney General Sessions’ First Orders of Business on Immigration

Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General this week by a vote of 52-47, following a very contentious confirmation process. As Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Sessions will oversee key immigration-related functions. The three recently issued executive orders on immigration give the Attorney General  specific directives and are likely to […]

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New Immigration Court Directive Could Weaken Due Process

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Due Process & the Courts, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
New Immigration Court Directive Could Weaken Due Process

The Trump administration released a memorandum this week–effective immediately–which orders the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (which manages the immigration courts) to prioritize deportation hearings for certain groups, including any non-citizens who are detained and unaccompanied children who do not have a sponsor.  The memo rescinded preexisting immigration court priorities from early […]

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Meet the Plaintiffs Challenging the Discriminatory Nature of President Trump’s Muslim Ban

Written by on January 31, 2017 in Executive Action, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Meet the Plaintiffs Challenging the Discriminatory Nature of President Trump’s Muslim Ban

The fallout continues from last week’s immigration executive order, which has been coined the “Muslim Ban.” Several lawsuits have been filed to challenge the executive order, including Ali v. Trump, on the grounds that it violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and a statutory prohibition against discrimination. The American Immigration Council, […]

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Jeff Sessions Affirms Anti-Immigrant Views at Confirmation Hearing

Written by on January 12, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Jeff Sessions Affirms Anti-Immigrant Views at Confirmation Hearing

Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated to be Attorney General by President-elect Donald Trump, endured a 10-and-a-half-hour confirmation hearing this week where he answered questions on a wide range of issues from voting rights and immigration to anti-trust litigation. During his time in the Senate, Sessions has worked towards further restricting legal immigration, drastically […]

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Asylum Free Zones in the U.S. Examined by Inter-American Commission

Written by on December 20, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Asylum Free Zones in the U.S. Examined by Inter-American Commission

Entire jurisdictions in the United States have become so hostile to asylum seekers and their representatives that the U.S. government, and its immigration court system, is failing to deliver on its international and national obligation to protect them. The asylum-seekers who end up in one of these hostile jurisdictions, which advocates call “asylum-free zones,” face […]

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Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General is Highly Concerning to Future of Immigration Policy

Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General is Highly Concerning to Future of Immigration Policy

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated, Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (R-AL) to serve as the nation’s next Attorney General.  Senator Sessions has led the fight against immigration reform at every turn during his 20 years in the Senate. He has urged severe restrictions on visas, called for drastically expanded immigration enforcement, and blocked all practical […]

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How the Immigration Court Backlog Would Skyrocket Under Donald Trump’s Plan

Written by on November 16, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
How the Immigration Court Backlog Would Skyrocket Under Donald Trump’s Plan

For more than a decade, the immigration court system has struggled with an enormous backlog. The latest figures from  (TRAC) record the backlog at an all-time high of 521,676 as of the end of October, the first month in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The data release coincides with reports of President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan for […]

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Ninth Circuit Finds Court Has No Authority to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Access to Counsel for Children

Ninth Circuit Finds Court Has No Authority to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Access to Counsel for Children

In 2014, a legal challenge was mounted against the federal government for its failure to provide legal representation to indigent children in deportation proceedings. The case, F.L.B.. v. Lynch was brought by the American Immigration Council, American Civil Liberties Union, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP. Despite some victories over […]

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