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A Tale of Two Asylum Decisions

One Blocking an Unprecedented Trump Asylum Rule in a Transparent 45-Page Written Opinion and the Other, a new Trump-appointed Judge, Ruling in Favor of the Administration With No Written Opinion Yesterday, two courts reached the opposite decision on whether to temporarily block the latest Trump administration attack on asylum law by regulation. The  regulation in … Continue reading »

“Trump Administration Bypassing Due Process and Subjecting the Entire Country to Potential Arrest, Detention, and Expedited Removal”

The Trump administration has announced that, starting tomorrow, it will greatly expand the use of expedited removal, a process by which the Department of Homeland (DHS) may swiftly deport someone they encounter generally without review by a judge and with little due process.  In fiscal year 2018, according to the notice, individuals placed in expedited … Continue reading »

Despite Horrific Detention Conditions, DHS Acting Secretary Decides to Double Down, Seeking More & Longer Detention of Children With Weaker Standards of Care

But there is an Effective, Cost-Efficient, and Humane Solution to Border Challenge  Yesterday, the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan testified before the House Oversight Committee that the solution to the border challenge is ending the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA), which prohibits detention of children for more than 20 … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Policies Creating and Exacerbating USCIS Backlog and Processing Delays

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee held a hearing entitled, “Policy Changes and Processing Delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,” which highlighted a quiet, though insidious, issue brewing at the agency charged with timely processing of immigration requests paid for exclusively by fees charged to users. Like the refugee crisis … Continue reading »

Trump Administration’s Latest Illegal Attack on Asylum

Administration Announces New Unlawful Regulation to Close Asylum to Most Central Americans and Others Today, the Trump administration announced that it will publish a new regulation going into effect tomorrow that will bar anyone, including children, from applying for asylum on the southern border if they pass through a third country.  For example, starting tomorrow, … Continue reading »

Authoritative Study Reveals Imminent ICE Raids Target Families Ordered Deported Without Due Process of Law

According to the New York Times, “Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday…The officials said ICE agents were targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported — some as a result of their failure to appear in court…The families being targeted crossed the border … Continue reading »

It Is Time to Hold DHS Accountable for Horrific Immigration Detention Conditions

Congress Begins Hearings on the Facts, Not the Falsehoods Amid a new NBC News report of children being sexually assaulted and retaliated against by border officials in immigration detention, the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee will hold a hearing today on the abhorrent conditions in immigration … Continue reading »

Horrific Immigration Detention Conditions are “Substantiated” by Multiple DHS Inspector General Reports and Direct Testimony

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan claimed that horrific detention conditions for children and adults described by the media at an El Paso border station were “unsubstantiated.”  And, last month McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he is hearing only about minor detention condition issues and that “any … Continue reading »

In Their Own Words: Detained Children, Doctors and Lawyers Describe Horrific Conditions in U.S. Detention Facilities

This is What House Democrats Were Fighting to End in the Border Supplemental Funding Bill This Week At the same time that House Democrats were fighting to keep key provisions in a border funding bill to protect kids from deteriorating detention conditions, detained children, parents, doctors, and lawyers submitted affidavits describing horrific detention conditions in … Continue reading »

Faced with a Bill that Ensures Basic Humanitarian Standards in Immigration Processing and Detention, Republicans and Trump Overwhelmingly Oppose It

With almost every single Democrat supporting and almost every single Republican opposing, the House of Representatives passed a funding bill to address the refugee and humanitarian crisis at the border last night on a vote of 230-195.  [The Republican- controlled Senate seems poised to reject this bill in a vote today.] The House-passed bill comes … Continue reading »