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Immigration in the Courts

Department of Justice Under Fire for Attacking Immigrants; ACLU and Chicago Fight Back

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ) advances a thinly veiled, bigoted agenda, cities and organizations are fighting back against the Administration’s mass deportation policies. The DOJ is facing scrutiny from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed open records request yesterday with the federal government seeking any communications between state and … Continue reading »

Massachusetts Supreme Court: “No Authority” For State Officials to Honor ICE Detainers

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that the police practice of keeping immigrants locked up for the sole purpose of complying with ICE detainers is in violation of state law. The decision is yet another rebuke to the Trump Administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who have been pushing for greater police cooperation with ICE … Continue reading »

Case of Detained US Citizen in Florida Could Challenge Trump Efforts on Sanctuary Cities

The Trump Administration’s attempts at cracking down on so-called “sanctuary cities” is continuing, with reports today that Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice is reviewing whether ten jurisdictions around the nation are in compliance with a provision of immigration law, as they claim to be. A case coming out of Miami, however, could challenge the Administration’s efforts … Continue reading »

ICYMI: David Leopold: “When Family Isn’t Family: Trump Muslim Ban Edition”

Earlier this week, immigration attorney and former AILA president David Leopold provided a unique take on the Supreme Court’s decision on IRAP v. Trump – namely, that it wasn’t the win the Trump Administration has been claiming. Leopold warned, however, that “the real concern after yesterday’s ruling is not that the Supreme Court made a … Continue reading »

ICYMI: David Leopold: “Why the Supreme Court’s Travel Ban order was a stunning defeat for Donald Trump”

Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to review two major legal challenges to Trump’s Muslim ban,Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)and Trump v. Hawaii. The cases will be consolidated for oral argument and heard during the October 2017 term. The immediate reaction from the President and his administration was a celebration of their big win against … Continue reading »

Advocates Respond to SCOTUS Decision on Trump’s Muslim Ban

Today, the US Supreme Court agreed to review two major legal challenges to Trump’s Muslim ban, Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and Trump v. Hawaii. The cases will be consolidated for oral argument and heard during the October 2017 term. In addition, the Court upheld one part of the ban, while allowing another provision of it … Continue reading »

Legal Experts React to Supreme Court Decision in IRAP V. Trump and Analyze Implications

In response to today’s news that the Supreme Court will hear the Muslim/travel ban case in October and will allow a limited version of the ban to take effect, legal experts and advocates analyzed the developments and larger implications. A recording of today’s event is available here. Becca Heller, Director of International Refugee Assistance Project, said: The announcement … Continue reading »

Court Overturns Arizona In-State Tuition for DACA-mented Dreamers

Yesterday, an appeals court ruled that DACA-mented Dreamers will no longer be able to receive Arizona in-state tuition. The appeals court overturned a 2015 decision finding that Dreamers with DACA status are legally present, and said that federal laws allow each state to decide which benefits DACA-mented Dreamers can access. Under a 2006 proposition, the … Continue reading »

Do Immigrants Enjoy Due Process in Deportation Cases? Not Exactly

John Kelly Thinks Immigration Judges’ Orders Should Be Final, Thomas Homan Thinks Immigrants Get Due Process; Here’s Why Neither is True Donald Trump is enacting his mass deportation agenda, and many of the people being deported fit a specific profile: they are mothers and fathers who have committed no major crimes, they’ve often been checking … Continue reading »

Federal Judge: Hawaii Dad’s Deportation a Reminder that “Good Hombres” Not Safe Under Trump and Sec. Kelly

A federal judge yesterday blasted the Trump Administration’s mass deportation policy for its cruelty and indiscriminate nature. 9th Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt noted that “even the ‘good hombres’ are not safe”from President Trump and DHS Secretary John Kelly’s Deportation Force.  Judge Reinhardt wrote that the scheduled deportation of Andres Magana Ortiz, a father of three … Continue reading »