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Trump Wants to Make These 4 Disastrous Changes to the Asylum System

Trump Wants to Make These 4 Disastrous Changes to the Asylum System

President Trump is calling for new regulations that will target asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. These new rules would accelerate court hearings, limit options for relief, create new fees for an asylum application, and eliminate work permits for most asylum seekers. Taken together, the rules could prevent many from winning asylum and leave […]

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‘Your Client Is Going Bye-Bye.’ New Investigation Details Immigration Judges’ Cruel Behavior in El Paso Court

‘Your Client Is Going Bye-Bye.’ New Investigation Details Immigration Judges’ Cruel Behavior in El Paso Court

Texas—and specifically El Paso—has been ground zero for many of the incredibly harmful policies introduced under the Trump administration, such as family separation, returning asylum seekers to Mexico to wait for hearings, and keeping migrant families under an overpass for days to wait for processing. Findings uncovered in a new complaint, however, reveal profound deficiencies […]

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Calls to Reform ‘Irredeemably Dysfunctional’ Immigration Court System Grow Louder

Written by on March 22, 2019 in Due Process & the Courts, Reform with 0 Comments
Calls to Reform ‘Irredeemably Dysfunctional’ Immigration Court System Grow Louder

In an exhaustive report  on the immigration court system, the American Bar Association (ABA) called on Congress to make sweeping changes in order to fix a system “on the brink of collapse.” According to the ABA, the immigration courts—which currently face backlogs of over 855,000 cases—are so “irredeemably dysfunctional” that the only solution is for […]

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Immigration Courts’ Growing Reliance on Videoconference Hearings Is Being Challenged

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Due Process & the Courts, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Immigration Courts’ Growing Reliance on Videoconference Hearings Is Being Challenged

In some parts of the country, it has long been the practice for detained immigrants to appear for their immigration court hearings via video teleconference (“VTC”), rather than in-person. This is especially the case for immigrants being held in remote detention centers, hours from the nearest immigration court. However, under the Trump administration, immigration courts […]

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What Matthew Whitaker’s Designation as Acting Attorney General Means for Immigration

What Matthew Whitaker’s Designation as Acting Attorney General Means for Immigration

Following Jeff Sessions’ resignation as Attorney General, President Trump named Matthew Whitaker to replace him—a move that has already inspired multiple lawsuits that contend the designation was illegal. In a recent immigration case, an amicus brief explains why designating Sessions’ former chief of staff is unlawful. The amicus brief was filed in Matter of Negusie, […]

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DACA Is Still in Effect as It Heads to the Supreme Court

DACA Is Still in Effect as It Heads to the Supreme Court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stinging rebuke to President Trump’s ongoing efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative last week, unanimously upholding a lower court injunction which had blocked the Trump administration from ending the program. Just three days before that hearing, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took […]

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New Government Study Attempts to Undermine Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants

New Government Study Attempts to Undermine Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released “Phase I” of its review of the federally-funded Legal Orientation Program (LOP) this week. The review came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to end the program in April but was forced to reverse that decision after receiving significant bipartisan pushback from Congress. The LOP, which is managed by […]

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Trump Administration Misses the First Deadline to Reunite Children With Parents

Trump Administration Misses the First Deadline to Reunite Children With Parents

After being order last month by a federal judge to reunite the thousands of children it had separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy, the Trump administration said it would not meet the first court-mandated deadline to reunite all children under the age of  five. This admission coincided with a separate federal ruling […]

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Immigration Courts Are Rolling out an Electronic Filing Pilot Program in July

Immigration Courts Are Rolling out an Electronic Filing Pilot Program in July

The immigration court system will begin to roll out an electronic filing pilot program in six immigration courts on July 16 this year, representing an important advancement for these courts that still heavily rely on paper documentation. Currently, immigration courts generally do not permit any electronic filing. Instead, immigrants and their attorneys must submit documents […]

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Here Is the Latest on President Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Here Is the Latest on President Trump’s Family Separation Policy

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday in response to public outcry about family separation – a horrific policy that has led to the forced separation of over 2,000 minor children from their parents. Though the order discusses an end to the callous form of family separation that has captured the nation’s attention in […]

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