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Disarray in Baltimore Immigration Court Is Emblematic of Systemic Issues

October 12, 2018 - 15:38

Overwhelmed immigration courts and massive court backlogs have long been a nation-wide problem. Hearings are regularly scheduled years in advance—in some jurisdictions, judges are scheduling hearings into 2022. This means that many immigrants are held in limbo for years, unable to move forward, while living with the uncertainty of whether or not they will be […]

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DHS Secretary Nielsen Makes Laughable Claim That Agency Does Not Detain Children

October 11, 2018 - 16:56

Senators grilled Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies, including its practice of detaining migrant children and families, at a hearing on Wednesday. The most jarring moment of the hearing was when Secretary Nielsen repeatedly refused to admit that her agency detains children. During the “Threats to […]

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The United States Must Embrace Global Talent, As High-Skilled Foreign Workers Go Elsewhere

October 10, 2018 - 16:08

If the U.S. government closes the door to highly skilled foreign workers, other countries stand ready to embrace their contributions. For instance, while the Trump administration contemplates an overhaul of the H-1B temporary employment visa, a process that would make it more difficult to obtain them, the Canadian government is offering the opposite. Canada is […]

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The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous

October 9, 2018 - 15:31

For years, the federal government has attempted to partner with local communities on immigration enforcement, raising a host of problems. This form of collaboration steers limited local resources away from community safety and toward punitive federal immigration enforcement goals. The biggest criticism of these partnerships is the chilling effect they have on community members who […]

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DHS Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on Trump’s Family Separation Policy

October 5, 2018 - 18:12

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a special report this week revealing its findings following an investigation into the Trump administration’s contentious family separation policy. The OIG’s primary finding is that DHS was “not fully prepared to implement the Zero Tolerance Policy.” Further, the OIG found that DHS […]

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Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Efforts to Terminate Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Recipients

October 4, 2018 - 14:22

Just weeks ahead of thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders beginning to lose their immigration status, a federal court in California blocked the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. At least for now, this unexpected lifeline will temporarily protect hundreds of thousands of TPS holders […]

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Surprise Government Inspection Finds Nooses in ICE Detention Center, Doctors Refusing to Treat Immigrant Detainees

October 3, 2018 - 16:43

When government officials conducted a surprise inspection of the immigration detention center in Adelanto, California this May, they were met by many signs of serious neglect and abuse, including the chilling sight of nooses made from twisted bed sheets hanging in multiple cells. This abuse and neglect are highlighted in a new report by the […]

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USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices

October 2, 2018 - 16:30

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance to its officers in June instructing them to initiate deportation proceedings for certain applicants who were denied immigration benefits. At the same time, the agency put the guidance on hold and solicited comments from the public. On Monday, the guidance went into full effect, putting thousands of […]

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As Immigration Court Quotas Go Into Effect, Many Call For Reform

October 1, 2018 - 16:09

On October 1, immigration judges around the country will arrive at work and face a daunting new task; complete 700 removal cases in the next year or risk official sanction. The new court quotas and performance metrics were imposed as part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ ongoing push to reduce immigration court backlogs. Immigrant advocates […]

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Which Immigration Cases Will the Supreme Court Hear This Term?

September 28, 2018 - 16:30

On October 1, the Supreme Court will begin hearing cases for the start of its 2018-2019 term. Although only one immigration case is currently scheduled to be heard, challenges to President Trump’s immigration policies will likely end up in front of the Court by the end of the term. As it did in 2016, the […]

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