Immigration Courts

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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Immigrants’ Access to Legal Representation Is Unequal and the Consequences Are Serious

Written by on September 28, 2016 in Immigration Courts, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments
Immigrants’ Access to Legal Representation Is Unequal and the Consequences Are Serious

Nationally, only 37 percent of all immigrants had legal representation, and only 14 percent of immigrants in detention had a lawyer. In a paper issued today, Access to Counsel in Immigration Court, Ingrid Eagly and Steven Shafer analyzed 1.2 million individual removal cases in immigration court between fiscal years 2007 and 2012. The report finds that […]

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Court Rejects Government Attempt to Redact Names of Immigration Judges

Court Rejects Government Attempt to Redact Names of Immigration Judges

This summer, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in its lawsuit seeking the disclosure of unredacted versions of complaints filed against immigration judges. To date, the government has refused to turn over the names, locations, and genders of immigration judges against whom complaints […]

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Despite Immigration Judge Hiring, Court Backlogs Continue to Grow

Written by on July 27, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Despite Immigration Judge Hiring, Court Backlogs Continue to Grow

The latest figures show that the number of cases pending in immigration court continue to grow. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), there were 496,704 cases in the backlog as of the end of March. This is almost 40,000 more pending cases than Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Director Juan Osuna reported […]

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New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

New Book Documents 10 Years of Operation Streamline

For more than 10 years, the federal government has operated a program in federal courts along the Southwest border targeting unauthorized border crossers for criminal prosecution. The program, known as Operation Streamline, has long been criticized for its group hearings—up to 75 people at once—that provide little or no due process to those processed through […]

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DHS and Immigration Courts Sued Over One-Year Asylum Deadline

Written by on July 6, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
DHS and Immigration Courts Sued Over One-Year Asylum Deadline

Immigration law imposes a one-year deadline, beginning upon arrival in the United States, within which an asylum seeker must apply for asylum. With very limited exceptions, an individual who misses this deadline becomes ineligible for asylum. Even though the clock is ticking for these asylum seekers, DHS agents and officers do not notify them of […]

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Thousands of Children Now Covered in Access to Counsel Lawsuit

Written by on June 28, 2016 in Immigration Courts, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments
Thousands of Children Now Covered in Access to Counsel Lawsuit

Last week, a federal court certified a class in a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s failure to provide legal representation to children in deportation proceedings. Several thousand children are estimated to be members of the class. This lawsuit, F.L.B. v. Lynch, was filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle. It charges the Departments of Justice, Homeland […]

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Latest Flores Filing Highlights Stories of Children and Mothers Unlawfully Detained by Obama Administration

Written by on May 20, 2016 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Latest Flores Filing Highlights Stories of Children and Mothers Unlawfully Detained by Obama Administration

This week, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) asked a federal judge to order the government to comply with the Flores settlement and appoint an independent monitor to oversee the Obama Administration’s ongoing family detention policy.

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