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Immigration in the Courts

Trump Administration Wants to Implement “Performance Metrics” for Immigration Judges

The Trump Administration wants to “establish performance metrics for immigration judges”, reported the Washington Post yesterday, an idea which advocates say might threaten judicial independence and lead to worse outcomes for immigrants and families in deportation cases. The proposal consists of six words tucked into Donald Trump’s “immigration principles”, released last Sunday night, in which … Continue reading »

Americans Reject Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Vision, Stand up for a Welcoming America

While we join most observers in recoiling from President Trump’s unhinged speech in Phoenix last night, a range of developments from around the country reminds us that Americans are standing up to his divisive vision for the country and rejecting his dark view of immigration and immigrants. Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to sign the … Continue reading »

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 »

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