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Census Citizenship Question and the Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court remains split on the issue of whether or not to allow the controversial citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The Court is expected to deliver its decision in late June. If the citizenship questions is allow on the 2020 census, there will be an estimated 6/5 million people not counted due to […]

‘No Dark Courtrooms’ – EOIR

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It is now common knowledge that there is a staggering backlog in the Immigration Courts. As of now, there are over 850,000 cases pending in the Immigration Courts nationwide with trials scheduled in 2022. Although many have demanded more immigration judges be hired to combat the massive backlog, Congress has routinely denied the requests, deeming it too […]

Federal Court Makes Groundbreaking Decision in Favor of Asylum Seekers

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Judge Marsha Pechman , federal judge in Seattle, Washington, ordered that the government to provide bona fide asylum seekers a bond hearing before an immigration judge within seven days of their request or immediately release them from detention. Judge Pechman additionally ordered that the government must justify continued detentions, record all hearings, and produce the […]

Secretary Nielsen’s Efforts to Increase Immigrants Return to Mexico

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On April 1st, 2019 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirsten Nielsen rang the alarm bells about impending humanitarian disaster at the US Mexico border with the recent mass arrival of Central American immigrants. Secretary Nielsen stressed the need to undertake emergency surge operations to respond to the crisis.  Therefore, the US Customs Border […]

Immigration Groups Using FOIAs to Expose Government Secrets

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The Trump administration has implemented a number of immigration policies thought to be controversial. One of them is the ‘Zero-tolerance policy’. Its purpose is to enable officials to prosecute all migrants who did not enter the United States through a Port-Of-Entry and want to seek asylum. As a result of that disastrous policy, families have […]

Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Decision in Favor of Asylum Seekers

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appeals court to declare that asylum seekers who are not afforded the opportunity of a federal review are in violation of the Constitution. This decision  came out of the Thuraissigaim v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security  case where Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam filed a habeas petition […]

A Move to Give Immigration Judges More Independence in Their Court Rooms

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Immigration judges, law makers and legislators, among other advocates are calling to Congress to shield immigration courts from political influence. Unlike other judges, immigration judges have more restrictions in their decision making power. Immigration judges are not part of the judicial branch, they report to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Additionally, immigration judges are bound […]

Protection for LGBTQ People in Asylum System

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The criminalization and violence inflicted on LGBTQ people in Central America and many other countries around the world is what leads them to head to the borders of the United States to seek asylum. Thousands of LGBTQ people flee their native homes where they are faced with homophobia, transphobia, and violence. They come to the […]

Increasing Difficulty Obtaining Immigrant Visas

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While the Trump administration has been fighting hard to convince the nation of an urgent need of a wall at the US-Mexico border, statistics are showing that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the State Department have been heightening screening and vetting of visa applications for the past 2 years. This administration’s policies are […]