Tag: American Immigration Lawyers Association

Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by Customs and Border Protection

Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by Customs and Border Protection

For many months, lawyers and advocates have received damning reports from asylum-seeking families, adults, and even unaccompanied minors fleeing Mexico and Central America who have been systematically turned away by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Ysidro, CA to Brownsville, TX. The Washington Post covered the troubling trend on […]

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House Judiciary Marks Up Criticized Visa Security Act

Written by on May 26, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
House Judiciary Marks Up Criticized Visa Security Act

This week, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed bill H.R. 5203, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016 (VISA Act). The stated goal of the legislation introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) is to enhance the security procedures for the processing of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Some of the new security measures […]

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Jeff Sessions Affirms in Hearing He’s Against Any Type of Immigration

Written by on March 16, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 1 Comment
Jeff Sessions Affirms in Hearing He’s Against Any Type of Immigration

Proving that there is no kind of immigrant he thinks is good for America, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) called a hearing on immigration in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, where he attempted to make the case that even immigrants with valid documentation are bad for America. Sessions pulled from the […]

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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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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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Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Earlier this month, the immigration agencies took a positive step forward in implementing the executive action promise to reform the visa system when they issued the October Visa Bulletin, informing the public about who would be eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status in October. But now the agencies have stepped back from that […]

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Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

Written by on November 14, 2014 in Asylum, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

In a strong condemnation of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) treatment of refugees, several organizations submitted a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL) detailing the pervasive failure of CBP officers to properly screen individuals who fear persecution. The complaint supplements media accounts, and recent reports by […]

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Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

Written by on September 26, 2014 in Abuses, Detention, Due Process & the Courts, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Children in Jail: What It’s Like for Immigrant Families Held at Karnes, Texas

This summer, tens of thousands of Central American families fled violence to the U.S. southern border. The administration responded by accelerating deportation proceedings, converting government facilities to family detention centers, and then prioritizing the detention and removal of families. First, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) turned the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, […]

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Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

Written by on September 18, 2014 in Abuses, Detention with 0 Comments
Immigration Bar Urges Congress, President to Shut Down Family Detention Center in Artesia

This week, the nation’s largest association of immigration attorneys and professors sent a powerful letter to Congress and the President urging them to immediately close the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where the U.S. currently detains women and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. The letter, signed by attorneys who have […]

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Advocates Call on Obama Administration to Protect Immigrant Families, Not Deport Them

Written by on June 11, 2012 in Enforcement, Family-Based Immigration with 3 Comments
Advocates Call on Obama Administration to Protect Immigrant Families, Not Deport Them

Nearly a year ago, ICE Director John Morton issued a memo on prosecutorial discretion which led to the review of 300,000 immigration cases currently in removal proceedings. Advocates initially applauded this announcement, hoping that the administration would move quickly to close low-level, non-criminal immigration cases. But today, disappointed by the program’s low closure rate, advocates […]

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