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Sessions Rolls Back Asylum Protections for Domestic and Gang Violence Victims

Sessions Rolls Back Asylum Protections for Domestic and Gang Violence Victims

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday his decision to overturn earlier court precedent effectively rolling back protections for asylum-seeking men, women, and children fleeing domestic violence and criminal gangs. Sessions referred Matter of A-B- to himself earlier this year—a case involving a Salvadoran woman who came to the United States seeking asylum after being […]

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Justice Department Will Not Halt Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants, Reversing Course for Now

Justice Department Will Not Halt Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants, Reversing Course for Now

Just two weeks after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a suspension of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified today that DOJ will reverse course and continue the program—at least for now. The announcement was made while testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, which oversees the […]

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Senate Confirms Kevin McAleenan as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Written by on March 19, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement, News Flash with 0 Comments
Senate Confirms Kevin McAleenan as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The United States Senate has confirmed Kevin McAleenan to serve as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. McAleenan has been a member of CBP leadership since 2006, serving as the port director of Los Angeles International Airport and then as acting Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations overseeing the agency’s 329 ports […]

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White House Reveals Its Framework on Immigration

White House Reveals Its Framework on Immigration

Days earlier than anticipated, the Trump administration released the “White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security.” It was discussed by Senior Advisor to the President, Stephen Miller, on a call this afternoon with Republican congressional staffers. It outlines the administration’s legislative wish list around border security, a 10 to 12 year-path to citizenship […]

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Congress Fails to Act on Protection for Dreamers In 2017

Written by on December 21, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation, News Flash with 0 Comments
Congress Fails to Act on Protection for Dreamers In 2017

Today, Congress agreed to continue funding the federal government at current levels through January 19, 2018, but it will not address a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers this year. Despite strong bipartisan support for including a legislative fix for Dreamers in the spending bill, Congress punted the issue to next year. Some in Congress argue that they have until March to pass […]

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The Senate Has Confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security

The Senate Has Confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security

This afternoon, the United States Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to be the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Secretary, she will oversee an ever-growing agency which includes the enforcement and services functions of immigration, airport security, disaster relief, the Secret Service, and more. During her confirmation hearing, Nielsen largely committed to carrying […]

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The Senate Has Confirmed Lee Francis Cissna as Director of USCIS

Written by on October 5, 2017 in News Flash with 0 Comments
The Senate Has Confirmed Lee Francis Cissna as Director of USCIS

The United States Senate confirmed Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Cissna will oversee the agency in charge of adjudicating and issuing most immigration-related requests into the United States including the Trump administration’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In his confirmation hearing, Cissna pledged his commitment […]

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Trump Administration Ends DACA: Places 800K Young Immigrants at Risk for Deportation

Trump Administration Ends DACA: Places 800K Young Immigrants at Risk for Deportation

The Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) today. This means no new applications will be accepted and only those individuals with current DACA that expires before March 5, 2018 may renew, a final time, for two years. Young people who currently have DACA will be returned to their undocumented […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Travel Ban

Written by on May 25, 2017 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction, News Flash with 0 Comments
Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Travel Ban

In a sweeping decision issued Thursday, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction against President Trump’s second Executive Order, which restricts nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from being issued visas and entering the United States. In the case International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) v. Trump, an overwhelming majority of […]

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Federal Appeals Court Says Muslim Ban Stays on Hold

Federal Appeals Court Says Muslim Ban Stays on Hold

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s emergency request to lift the temporary restraining order halting the implementation of President Trump’s travel ban.  The Court rejected the government’s attempt to shield the Executive Order behind national security, explaining that doing so “runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.” This decision affirms […]

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