Tag: Immigration Law

Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Amicus Arguments at the Ninth Circuit: The Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

Since the summer of 2014, the government has detained thousands of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. Although the longstanding Flores settlement guarantees minimum standards for the detention, release, and treatment of children in immigration detention, the Government’s family detention practices have failed to comply with the settlement. Plaintiffs brought suit to enforce […]

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Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

Written by on December 23, 2015 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its fiscal year (FY) 2015 deportation numbers. According to DHS, immigration enforcement agencies apprehended 406,595 individuals nationwide and conducted a total of 462,463 removals and returns. These totals include both people deported at the border and those removed from the interior of the United States. However, […]

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Hardening Immigration Platforms of the Republican Presidential Candidates

Written by on December 16, 2015 in Elections, Reform with 0 Comments
Hardening Immigration Platforms of the Republican Presidential Candidates

During the final GOP public debate of 2015, Republican candidates continued articulating what they would do on immigration if they were commander-in-chief. Many of the candidates have already outlined their views on their campaign websites or through public statements, including Trump, Cruz, Bush, Paul, Carson and Fiorina.

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Diverse Coalitions Urge Supreme Court to Hear Case on Executive Action

Diverse Coalitions Urge Supreme Court to Hear Case on Executive Action

Seven groups have filed amicus briefs in support of a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, requesting that the Court overturn the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to enjoin, or halt, the President’s 2014 deferred action initiatives. The briefs were filed on behalf of a diverse range of […]

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House Passes Visa Waiver Program Bill that Excludes Nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Sudan

Written by on December 9, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
House Passes Visa Waiver Program Bill that Excludes Nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Sudan

While Congress may be backing away from targeting the refugee resettlement program in reaction to recent terrorist attacks, lawmakers appear to have found a new target: the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows travelers from certain countries to enter the United States without obtaining a visa in advance. Currently, 38 countries, including France, the […]

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Texas Sues Federal Government Again, This Time Over Refugees

Texas Sues Federal Government Again, This Time Over Refugees

This week, Texas filed a lawsuit against the federal government and International Rescue Committee (IRC) to prevent the resettlement of a Syrian refugee family in the state. The family was originally scheduled to arrive in Texas today. The state is the first to take legal action to block refugees and comes two weeks after Texas […]

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Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Written by on October 27, 2015 in Legislation with 3 Comments
Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Last week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced legislation to remove derogatory language describing noncitizens as “aliens” from federal law. The bill, known as the Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act, eliminates the use of this terminology in U.S. code and federal agencies’ materials and documentation.

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Immigration Courts Have New Rules Governing Legal Representation Processes

Written by on September 24, 2015 in Detention, Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
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 Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Five Families Released After Prolonged Detention

  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 in El Salvador and […]

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

Written by on April 27, 2015 in Detention 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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