Immigration Courts

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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Despite Obstacles, A Majority of Child Migrants Appear in Immigration Court

Written by on May 17, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Despite Obstacles, A Majority of Child Migrants Appear in Immigration Court

Reuters reported last week that the Obama Administration would begin to round up Central American women and children, including “minors who have entered the country without a guardian and since turned 18 years of age” and begin deporting them. The news report goes on to say that “many of those apprehended for unlawful entry are […]

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Immigration Court Backlog Shows No Sign of Shrinking

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Immigration Court Backlog Shows No Sign of Shrinking

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 486,206 cases in the backlog as of the end of March. This is almost 30,000 more pending cases than Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Director Juan Osuna reported […]

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District Court Holds Hearing in Case About Kids’ Right to Attorneys in Immigration Court

District Court Holds Hearing in Case About Kids’ Right to Attorneys in Immigration Court

A federal district court in Seattle heard arguments in a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to ensure that all children in immigration court have legal representation. The case received a flurry of attention when press reports revealed that an immigration judge deposed in the case said he had successfully taught three-year-olds immigration law. The focus of […]

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Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Over the past week, several media outlets reported that Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) Jack Weil claimed that he could teach immigration law to three- and four-year-old children such that the children could represent themselves in immigration court. Now, Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims that the U.S. Department of Justice is “looking at various ways […]

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D.C. Circuit Hears Case Seeking Records Regarding Immigration Judge Misconduct

Written by on February 23, 2016 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
D.C. Circuit Hears Case Seeking Records Regarding Immigration Judge Misconduct

Last Tuesday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), which seeks the disclosure of unredacted versions of complaints filed against immigration judges and related documents. To date, the government has refused to turn over the names, locations and genders of […]

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Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

Written by on January 13, 2016 in Detention, Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward

A federal court in Tucson, Arizona held that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must answer allegations of horrific conditions experienced by individuals in Tucson Sector detention facilities (a.k.a. “hieleras”) along the southern border. In decisions handed down on January 11, the court decided that the case, Doe V. Johnson, may proceed as a class […]

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Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

In a breakthrough decision issued at the end of last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which sits in New York City, ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must provide notice of its intent to revoke an immigrant visa petition to those who actually will be affected by the […]

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Operation Streamline: Ten Years of Criminalizing Immigrants

Written by on December 15, 2015 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Operation Streamline: Ten Years of Criminalizing Immigrants

For the last 10 years, in federal courts across the Southwest border, the federal government has systematically prosecuted unlawful border crossers in group hearings with little-to-no due process. These prosecutions, often referred to as Operation Streamline, were intended to deter illegal entry and reentry. Instead, they have clogged up the federal courts and wasted precious […]

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