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Immigration in the Courts

Is Attorney General Sessions Turning What Should Be Impartial and Independent Immigration Judges into His Personal Deportation Force?

It’s Time for an Independent Immigration Court On Tuesday, Tal Kopan of CNN reported that an immigration judge assigned to a case for many years was replaced with another judge from Washington who quickly and with little process ordered the deportation of an immigrant.  Kopan explains: The unusual use of a chief immigration judge from … Continue reading »

Dara Lind for Vox, “DACA is in a state of legal limbo. Now a Texas judge might rule to kill it.”

Lind Explains DACA Legal Battles, Including Today’s Hanen Hearing Dara Lind at Vox breaks down the complex chain of events regarding DACA and its legal fate. Today, Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas, known as the Joe Arpaio of the federal judiciary, hears a case brought to him by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Lind’s article … Continue reading »

Juan Escalante Responds to Sessions’ Comments on Judge Bates’ Friday Ruling on DACA

The following is a response from Juan Escalante, Communications Director of America’s Voice and DACA recipient, on Sessions’ statement regarding Judge Bates’ ruling from Friday on DACA: As an ardent opponent of DACA, it is unsurprising that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would use his anti-immigrant perch at the Department of Justice to lambaste a court … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Responds to Judge Sabraw’s Decision Regarding the Administration’s Attempt to Turn its Back on the 472 Kids That Remain Separated

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw strongly condemned the Trump administration’s attempt to shirk its own culpability and responsibility in the ongoing family separation scandal as well as its ludicrous attempt to make the ACLU responsible for the reunification of children with parents who have already been deported. Judge Sabraw said, “The reality is … Continue reading »

Judge Orders DACA to Continue, Juan Escalante Reacts

Today, a federal judge ordered DACA to be fully re-started in 20 days. This is a response from Juan Escalante, AV Communications Manager: Once again, the courts reaffirm what immigrants and their allies have always known: the DACA program is good for our country and the administration can’t just end it for no clear reason … Continue reading »

Judge: “Is there any sense of justice here” for a man who is otherwise “a model citizen?”

ICYMI: Judge Orders the Release of a Pizza Delivery Man Detained by ICE After nearly two months in detention, U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty ordered the release of Pablo Villavicencio-Calderon, an undocumented husband and father of two who was detained while trying to deliver pizza to an army base in Brooklyn. The judge noted, “Well, … Continue reading »

A Scathing Rebuke and the Way Forward to End the Family Separation Crisis

Court Orders Families to be Reunited; Here’s How it Should be Done Below are a our key takeaways following the injunction issued by U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw enjoining the Trump administration’s family separation policy and requiring the government to reunify children under 5 years old with parents within 14 days and all other … Continue reading »

As Sessions Gears Up to End DACA in the Courts, House Republicans Gear Up to Vote on “Dumb and Dumber” Bills

A sham in the House, a potential catastrophe in the courts House Republicans are pretending to care about Dreamers while pursuing Trumpian nativism. This is a bridge to nowhere. Meanwhile, what truly matters is the brazen move by the Department of Justice to end run federal court decisions in hopes of ending DACA in a … Continue reading »

ICYMI: David Leopold: “Jeff Sessions Begins Phase Two of Trump’s Brutal War On Immigrants and Immigration”

David Leopold, Partner and Chair of Immigration for Ulmer & Berne and past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, writes in a new post for Medium that – with his late-week announcement that immigration judges can no longer invoke “Administrative Closure,” a procedure judges and prosecutors used to manage caseloads – “Jeff Sessions Begins Phase Two … Continue reading »

Republican AGs Attack Dreamers, Go Forum-Shopping for Anti-Immigrant Judge, and Other Republicans Remain Silent

So much for that concern over the fate of 800,000 young Americans Observers are weighing in to condemn the outrageous lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seeking to end DACA. Paxton has corralled the Attorneys General of six other Republican states – Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia – to go along … Continue reading »