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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 […]

FOIA Reveals EOIR’s Failed Plan for Fixing the ICE Backlog

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The Executive Office for Immigration Review plan to “significantly reduce the case backlog by 2020” was approved by the Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice in October 2018. But it was quickly noted that this plan not only is flawed but it is also challenged by the fundamental and structural problems the US […]

Trump Declares National Emergency

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President Trump declared a national emergency on February 14th after he signed a budget deal passed by Congress to fund the government through the end of September. President Trump declared the national emergency in order to get funding from other government agencies for his border wall. The budget deal included only $1.35 billion for a […]

Immigration Judges Leaving Due to Current Administration

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Our nation is facing a serious humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border with thousands of migrants seeking legal asylum but are paralyzed by draconian immigration policies enforced by the Trump Administration. As a result, a number of Immigration judges are quitting or taking an early retirement, Buzz Feed News reported Wednesday, February 13th 2019. Another […]