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Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes

Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes

Last week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced changes to the regulations governing legal representation in immigration court and at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Every year, thousands of immigrants are forced to represent themselves in immigration court. The changes are intended to increase representation of immigrants who are facing deportation – […]

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Five Families Released After Prolonged Detention

Written by on September 9, 2015 in Department of Homeland Security, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Five Families Released After Prolonged Detention

Related Content: Family Detention Resource Page On Friday evening, just before the Labor Day weekend, the government released five mothers and their five children, ranging in age from three to seventeen years old, from the South Texas Residential Family Detention Facility in Dilley, Texas. These families, who sought refuge in the United States after fleeing violence […]

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Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point

Written by on April 27, 2015 in Administration, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
Mothers and Children Suffer In Immigration Detention While Administration Makes its Point

Estrella is a four-year-old girl who has been locked-up in U.S. detention centers for over eight months or one fifth of her life. She is chronically ill and has been hospitalized for acute bronchitis. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder with anxiety, and major depressive episode. Her mother, Melida, watches her […]

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Unrepresented Children Still Being Fast-Tracked Through Immigration Hearings

Written by on February 6, 2015 in Children, Courts, Deportation, Immigration Law with 6 Comments
Unrepresented Children Still Being Fast-Tracked Through Immigration Hearings

Since the government began “prioritizing” the deportation of unaccompanied children and mothers with children last summer, legal service providers and other court observers across the country have reported that immigration judges are giving children less time to find attorneys before moving forward in their cases. Now, children without attorneys are being forced to explain why, […]

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States’ Lawsuit Against Executive Action More Politics Than Substance

Written by on January 13, 2015 in Executive Action with 0 Comments
States’ Lawsuit Against Executive Action More Politics Than Substance

By Lynne H. Rambo, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law On Thursday, a Texas federal judge will hear 25 states’ arguments to block President Obama’s recent immigration executive actions. But the suit has more value as political theater than as a legitimate constitutional challenge. There’s no merit to the case. The president, […]

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How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Written by on October 22, 2014 in Children, Courts with 6 Comments
How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?

Each week, in immigration courts across the United States, hundreds of children, some as young as just a few months old, come before immigration judges and are called upon to defend themselves against deportation. Among them is Arturo,* a three year old who arrived at the United States border in April 2014 because family members […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Takes Two Immigration Cases in New Term

Written by on October 9, 2014 in Supreme Court with 4 Comments
U.S. Supreme Court Takes Two Immigration Cases in New Term

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its new term on Monday – often referred to as “First Monday” because by law, the term must begin on the first Monday of October. Although the Court has taken no blockbuster immigration case like 2012’s Arizona v. United States, interpreting state authority to enforce federal immigration laws, the Supreme […]

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Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Written by on September 29, 2014 in Courts, Myths with 0 Comments
Majority of Individuals Released from Immigration Custody Do Appear in Court

Media outlets reported last week that according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), about 70 percent of migrant families encountered at the border since May and released “haven’t reported” to an immigration office as instructed. ICE has released little other information about this data point. Several media outlets published this number but failed to provide […]

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Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants Could Add Billions in Taxes to U.S. Economy

There’s no question that improving the United States’ outdated immigration system would help the economy. The Senate-passed immigration bill S. 744 would have, if enacted, reduced the federal budget deficit by approximately $1 trillion over 20 years and led to an increase in wages for U.S. workers. But House leaders failed to bring up S. 744 […]

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New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

New Reports Examine Who Might Benefit from Immigration Administrative Action

As the Obama administration continues its deliberations over what sorts of executive actions the President might take to begin repairing the broken U.S. immigration system, it would be wise to keep in mind just how much a part of U.S. society the unauthorized immigrant population has become. At this point, most unauthorized immigrants belong to […]

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