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Report: Obama Administration Fails to Clean-Up Deeply Flawed Immigration Detention System Published: Mar 26, 2012 NYU's School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic in cooperation with the New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees has issued a report about the Obama administration's failed efforts to reform the immigration detention system in Essex County New Jersey. They reviewed two facilities, Delaney Hall and the Essex County Correctional Facility (ECCF). They found
Supreme Court Reaffirms Right to Competent Counsel During Plea Negotiations Published: Mar 26, 2012 The United States Supreme Court has issued two decisions (Missouri v. Fry, and Lafler v. Cooper) that reaffirm the constitutionally protected right to effective assistance of counsel in the criminal context during plea negotiations. Both cases cite Padilla v. Kentucky, where the Court ruled that an attorney must inform their non-citizen client of the risk
Obama Administration Seeking to Destroy Another Gay Couple Through Deportation Published: Mar 22, 2012 NBC news reports that the Obama administration is unwilling to recognize the validity of the marriage of Brian Willingham and Alfonso Garcia, by continuing to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The couple has been together for ten years, marrying last August in the State of New York where same sex marriages are legally recognized. Apparently, they
UN Report: Obama Administration Allegedly Tortured 16 Gay and Transgender Immigrants Held in Immigration Detention Published: Mar 21, 2012 The United Nations Human Rights Counsel has issued a shocking report alleging that the Obama administration has tortured 16 gay and transgender immigrants detained in U.S. immigration detention facilities, charging direct violations of articles 7 and 12 of the Convention against Torture. The 81 page report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other
Will Former Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Face Deportation? Published: Mar 20, 2012 I just watched the following news clip about former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi who apparently was convicted under New Jersey’s hate crimes statute for using a webcam to spy on his freshman roommate, Tyler Clementi, who allegedly committed suicide as a result. The question posed in the video is whether Ravi, who appears to be a lawful permanent
Is the Obama Administration “Cooking the Books” on Enforcement Statistics? Published: Mar 19, 2012 Former INS Special Agent Michael Cutler reports that the chair of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Rep Darrel Issa (R-Ca), sent a letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano asking her to address a claim that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been “cooking the books” by under-reporting the number of apprehensions on the southwest border.
Did Justice Department Lawyers Lie to the Supreme Court? Published: Mar 14, 2012 The Wall Street Journal reports that a District Court Judge has called out the Justice Department for allegedly making "misleading statements" to influence the Supreme Court in an immigration related decision. The case invovled the applicable standard that a Court of Appeals must consider in issuing a stay of removal that would block an immigrant's
Only 1% of all Reviewed Deportation Cases Have Received a Favorable Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion Published: Mar 13, 2012 On March 8, 2012, ICE Director John Morton spoke before the House appropriations subcommittee on homeland security where he announced, among other things, that only 1% of all pending deportation cases reviewed have received a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. This means that the Obama administration has moved to administratively close only