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Attorney General Rules on Administrative Closure of Deportation Cases Published: May 18, 2018 For the reasons set forth in the accompanying opinion, I affirm the Board’s order and remand for further proceedings. I hold that immigration judges and the Board do not have the general authority to suspend indefinitely immigration proceedings by administrative closure. Accordingly, immigration judges and the Board may only administratively close a
End of Administrative Closure Undermines Due Process and Will Add to Court Backlogs Published: May 18, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 17, 2018 AG's Latest Move Further Erodes the Independence of Immigration Judges End of Administrative Closure Undermines Due Process and Will Add to Court Backlogs WASHINGTON, DC - Today, in a precedent decision, the Attorney General of the United States announced that immigration judges and members of the Board of
District Judge Blocks Revocation of DACA based on Misstatements of Fact Published: May 17, 2018 Via Slate: On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez shot down the federal government’s efforts to strip Daniel Ramirez Medina of his DACA status. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement had arrested and detained Ramirez last year, then falsely claimed that he was affiliated with a gang and attempted to deport him. He filed suit, alleging
Trump Administration Preparing to Take Refugee Children from their Mothers Published: May 16, 2018 Reminiscent of the Obama administration's strategy of jailing refugee mothers with children fleeing violence in deportation internment camps to "send a message," the Trump administration has decided to up the ante. The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration intends to rip immigrant children from the arms of their mothers when they arrive at
Rally Calling on New York Legislature to Support the One Day To Protect New Yorkers Act Published: May 16, 2018 On May 22nd, the Immigrant Defense Project, Fortune Society, and over 100 advocates and elected officials, are heading to Albany to hold a rally calling on the legislature to support the One Day To Protect New Yorkers Act – a bill that would reduce the maximum sentence for a Class A Misdemeanor by just one day, from 365 to 364. This small change
Army Chaplain who served in Afghanistan is fighting to save his Husband from Deportation Published: May 15, 2018 It appears from the article (if accurate) that there may have been multiple entries without inspection, an order of removal dating back to 2002, and a 2015 alcohol related driving conviction, which would make him a deportation priority. We will continue to follow this story closely. Via Newsweek: A U.S. Army chaplain who served in Afghanistan is
Immigration Courts Featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Published: May 14, 2018 Via Last Week Tonight: "America’s dysfunctional immigration court system forces many children to appear in court alone. That’s as ridiculous in real life as it would be on a courtroom television show."
USCIS Changing Policy on Accrued Unlawful Presence by Students and Exchange Visitors Published: May 14, 2018 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a policy memorandum changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain their status in the United States. This policy aligns with President