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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 […]

Federal Court to Consider the Deportation of Children without Attorneys

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing arguments in C.J.L.G v. Whitaker, a case addressing whether children in deportation have the right to court appointment attorneys. Presently, pro se minors are being deported with little to no regard of the potentially life-threatening circumstances they are returning to in their home countries. The case being heard […]

Update to USCIS Policy on the Issuance of Notices to Appear

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USCIS has revised its policy regarding the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs).  According to the revised notice issued November 8, 2018, applicants for U Visas, T Visas, and Violence Against Women Act applicants could now be issued NTA and placed into removal proceedings. The revised USICS Policy now states: Starting Nov. 19, 2018, USCIS […]