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Trump And Sessions Want to Take Away Help for Immigrants Facing Deportation, as Seattle DOJ Case Shows

If there’s any doubt that the Trump Administration wants to deport as many immigrants as possible, check out what’s happening in Seattle, where the Justice Department has ordered an immigrant rights organization to stop some of its legal work providing help for immigrants facing deportation. For now, a federal judge has temporarily blocked the order. … Continue reading »

It’s Clear: Americans Cannot Count on Jeff Sessions to Defend Our Rights

Frank Sharry: If Senators confirm Sessions, they will own everything he does Washington, DC – Nominating Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States was one of Donald Trump’s first acts to prepare for his presidency, and the choice sent a clear and undeniable message: I actually did mean all of those extreme, … Continue reading »

We must #StopSessions. Call Your Senators Today.

Donald Trump nominated anti-immigrant extremist Jeff Sessions to serve as our nation’s next Attorney General.  Today, in an effort to block the confirmation of Sessions by the United States Senate, a large coalition of civil rights, domestic violence, LGBTQ rights and other progressive groups are holding a call-in day urging Senators to vote against Sessions.  … Continue reading »

With Direct Action In Alabama, NAACP Escalates Growing Opposition to Sessions Nomination

Yesterday, leaders from the NAACP showed the intensity of their opposition to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) nomination to be the next United States’ Attorney General by occupying his Congressional office in Mobile, Alabama. “We are engaging in a voluntary act of civil disobedience,” Cornell William Brooks, the national president of the NAACP, told police before … Continue reading »

As Opposition Mounts, Hearings Begin Next Week on AG Nomination of Sessions

Next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States.  Today, the Alabama NAACP is holding protests around the state to protest the nomination (via press release): Alabamians Against Sessions for Attorney General will include five protests at the five Alabama offices … Continue reading »

David Leopold: Six Key reasons Why President Obama Thinks SCOTUS Should Uphold Immigration Actions

David Leopold analyzed the brief submitted by the United Sates in the immigration case. Cross-posted from David’s blog. This week, the Obama Administration filed its opening brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Texas, the lawsuit challenging DAPA and DACA expansion, the President’s November 20, 2014 executive actions on deportations. Here are six … Continue reading »

How the Department of Justice is Turning Non-Criminal Immigrants into Felons

Legal Experts, Advocates and Affected Individuals Discuss DOJ Strategy of Prosecuting Immigrants for Reuniting with their Families As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) completes its review of deportation policies and practices, there’s been little focus on another major player in the immigration enforcement machinery: the Department of Justice (DOJ). On a press call today, … Continue reading »

MPI Reports Adds Pressure for Obama Administration Action on Deportations

This week, the Migration Policy Institute released a report, The Deportation Dilemma: Reconciling Tough and Humane Enforcement, which “analyze[d] the current pipelines for removal and key trends in border and interior apprehensions, deportations and criminal prosecutions. ” The report begins: The United States has deported a record number of unauthorized immigrants and other removable noncitizens in … Continue reading »

Justice for Alfredo Ramos: U.S. Attorney Dismisses Charges Facing 24-Year Ohio Resident and Father of Two U.S. Citizens

Advocates Applaud U.S. Attorney Hickton for Delivering Justice, Urge Eric Holder to Follow Hickton’s Lead After a hard fought public campaign to reunite him with his U.S. citizen children, 24-year Ohio resident Jose Alfredo Ramos Gallegos received justice today. As Lisa Thompson of the Erie Times-News reports: U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton has filed a motion to … Continue reading »

Obama Administration May Consider Bond Hearings, Other Deportation Policy Changes

President Obama has been under heavy pressure from immigration reform advocates to address his record rate of deportations — and according to the Los Angeles Times, he may be considering key changes to detention and deportation policy. According to the Times, Obama may be considering bond hearings for detained immigrants, and changes to deportation policies … Continue reading »