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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 […]

ICE Force Feeding Detainees on Hunger Strikes

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement have admitted to force feeding nine detainees held at the El Paso, Texas detention center. The detainees initiated a hunger strike due to the “rampant verbal abuse and threats of deportation from guards”.  After missing nine consecutive meals, a federal judge ordered the nine detainees to be fed and hydrated without […]

The Government is Issuing NTAs with Fake Times and Dates

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More than 1,000 immigrants showed up at courts across the United States on January 31, 2019 for hearings they’d been told were scheduled but didn’t exist. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been placing so-called “fake dates” on Notices to Appear (NTAs), in an apparent attempt to comply with the Supreme Court’s recent […]

Citizenship Question Blocked on 2020 Census by Trump Administration

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The Trump Administration is appealing U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman’s ruling that blocks plans to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census. The controversial  question, ” Is this person a citizen of the United States” has been deemed by Judge Furman to be  “unlawful” and a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.  The […]