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Immigration in the Courts

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Providing “Safe and Sanitary” Conditions to Children in Immigration Detention

“How Low Can Our Government Go When It Needs a Court Ruling to Provide Children with Essential Care?” Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of providing basic hygiene supplies to children in federal immigration detention facilities after the government unsuccessfully argued that they did not need to provide … Continue reading »

Children & TPS Holder-Plaintiffs Fight to Stay Together at Hearing While Admin’s Racism on Full Display

Immigrants and Their Families Bravely Stand up to Pres. Trump & His Anti-Immigrant Agenda At a hearing today in Pasadena for the lawsuit Ramos v. Nielsen, the government tried to justify its racist and unconstitutional termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that will strip over 400,000 immigrants of their legal status, lead to mass deportations … Continue reading »

Statement from Pili Tobar: Supreme Court to Take Up DACA

“Ending DACA is another in a string of epic immigration failures by Trump and the Republican Party.” The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, in response to the news that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a DACA case next term: Donald Trump and the GOP have been hell … Continue reading »

Citing Irreparable Harm, Evidence of Racial Animus, Economic Harm, and Pressure From the White House, Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Administration from Ending TPS

Yesterday, a federal court issued a forceful decision to temporarily block the Trump Administration from ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua while the court considers the merits of the case. The judge cited “irreparable harm and great hardship” to beneficiaries and their children if TPS is terminated. In addition, … Continue reading »

Sessions Again Limits Independence of Immigration Judges and Signals His Intent to Increase Detention of Asylum Seekers

Using a uniquely broad authority – certification – to unilaterally reconsider cases already reviewed by non-politically appointed judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Attorney General Sessions issued a decision yesterday that once again limits the independence of immigration judges by narrowing the circumstances under which they may terminate certain cases before them. He … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Houston Chronicle Editorial, “The egg cannot be unscrambled: Save DACA now!”

Despite the best efforts of President Trump, Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program still lives. A series of legal rulings allow renewals to continue, including the recent surprising ruling from the notorious anti-immigrant Judge Andrew Hanen. A strong editorial from Sunday’s Houston Chronicle takes stock of the DACA … Continue reading »

Sessions’ Assault on the Rule of Law in Immigration Court

It’s Time for an Independent Immigration Court Yesterday, Attorney General Sessions welcomed 44 new immigration judges with an ominous warning:  “Immigration Judges [shall] conduct designated proceedings ‘subject to such supervision and shall perform such duties as the Attorney General shall prescribe.’” In other words, Sessions reminded immigration judges that they must carry out their duties … Continue reading »

Kris Kobach, Already Ordered to Remedial Law Classes, Faces Even More Legal Challenges

Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate, is facing no fewer than three separate lawsuits in the coming weeks, even though his previous court appearances have been disastrous. (He has been fined tens of thousands of dollars, been found in contempt of court, and ordered to remedial legal education.) Kobach has built … Continue reading »

Making Sense of Judge Hanen’s DACA Ruling: No Injunction, Renewals Continue

Dara Lind of Vox Explains Last Friday, federal Judge Andrew Hanen issued his long-awaiting ruling in the latest legal challenge to DACA brought by Texas and a handful of other red states. In a surprise,  Judge Hanen refused to issue an injunction in the case, meaning that DACA renewals will likely continue for the foreseeable … Continue reading »

The Cruel Anti-DACA Challenge from Texas Has No Legs to Stand On

Nearly one year ago, the Trump administration announced the end of the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. With the Republican Congress unable and unwilling to resolve the future of Dreamers through legislation, it has been left to the courts to intervene. To date, three federal courts have ruled that DACA … Continue reading »