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Federal Judge Blocks the Expansion of Fast-Track Deportation Program, Expedited Removal

A federal judge blocked the expansion of a fast-track deportation program, known as “expedited removal,” minutes before the government said it would begin implementing its expansion on September 28, 2019. Expedited removal allows the government to deport certain people without basic legal protections. Those who are put in this process are not able to see […]

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Refugee Admissions to Hit 40-Year Low Under Trump

President Trump yesterday proposed a reduction in the annual number of refugee admissions to 18,000 persons for 2020. This is the lowest number ever in the 40-year history of the refugee program, and the fourth time Trump has reduced refugee admissions since January 2017. Simultaneously, Trump has issued an Executive Order that requires states and […]

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Far more immigration cases are being prosecuted criminally under Trump administration

The Pew Research Center - September 27, 2019 - 10:00

The first full fiscal year of the Trump administration saw large increases in the number of people arrested and criminally prosecuted for immigration offenses.

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State Governments Should Step In to Provide Oversight of Detention Facilities

Immigration enforcement may be a federal responsibility, but state governments have a great deal of power over the conditions under which immigrants are detained. At a time when over-crowded detention facilities are failing to meet even the minimum standards of humane treatment, states must step up and exercise their authority to improve a situation that […]

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Successful Practice Management from the Ground Up

Ruby Powers, author of the recently released AILA resource "Build and Manage Your Successful Immigration Law Practice (Without Losing Your Mind)" shares some insights that helped her develop and maintain her own practice, surmounting various challenges.

Deporting Immigrants Does Not Lower Crime, According to Study

The mass deportation of immigrants from the United States under the Secure Communities program has had no appreciable impact on local crime rates. Why? Because most of the immigrants being deported do not have serious criminal records. That is the simple yet powerful conclusion of a recent study from the University of California, Davis. The […]

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How the Immigration Court Reached a Record One Million Case Backlog

When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the immigration courts faced a record backlog of over 542,000 cases. This month, the immigration court backlog hit a new historic high with over 1,000,000 cases. Driven by new Trump administration immigration court policies and the growth in the number of families arriving at the border in […]

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The National Park Service Warns Border Wall Construction Could Destroy 22 Archaeological Sites 

In the Trump administration’s rush to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, 22 archaeological sites could be damaged or entirely destroyed. This warning comes from an internal National Park Service report that details how new border fencing, bulldozers, excavators, and Border Patrol four-wheelers could irrevocably harm ancient remnants of Native American tribes as well as endangered […]

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From the archives: In ’60s, Americans gave thumbs-up to immigration law that changed the nation

The Pew Research Center - September 20, 2019 - 11:31

In this 2015 post, we explore how Americans' views of immigration have shifted since the enactment of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.

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‘Don’t Let Them Take Me Away Again.’ Mothers and Children Sue Trump for Harm Inflicted by Zero Tolerance Policy

Five mothers and their children sued the U.S. government on Thursday for forcibly separating them in 2018. The five families are among the thousands of parents and young children who were split apart for months under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. The lawsuit demands accountability and compensation for the families’ significant and long-lasting trauma. […]

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Government Watchdog Says US Officials Were Unprepared to Address Children’s Trauma After Family Separation

In summer 2018, the Trump administration attempted to deter asylum-seeking families from coming to the United States by separating children from their parents at the southern border. It was immediately clear that separated children’s trauma would be long-lasting. Now, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a study […]

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ICE Plans to Build ‘Hyper-Realistic’ Tactical Training Facility That Can Simulate ‘Urban Warfare’

At a new training facility at Fort Benning in Georgia, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly planning to build “hyper-realistic” simulations of homes, schools, courtrooms, and commercial buildings to replicate the type of environment its agents encounter on the field. The facility will reportedly be used to train ICE “Special Response Teams,” as […]

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US Visa Policies Prevent Tech Startups From Hiring Foreign Workers

Tech startups are engines of innovation, economic growth, and job creation. Yet U.S. visa policies may be preventing startups from hiring the highly skilled foreign professionals they need to succeed. A new study looks at foreign and U.S.-born workers who recently graduated from American universities. Researchers specifically wanted to see where foreign workers with a […]

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Key facts about U.S. Hispanics and their diverse heritage

The Pew Research Center - September 16, 2019 - 17:09

The U.S. Hispanic population is diverse. These nearly 60 million individuals trace their heritage to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and to Spain, each with distinct demographic and economic profiles. But as migration patterns from Latin America change, the origins of U.S. Hispanics are beginning to shift.

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A Firsthand Look at the Port Courts in Laredo and Brownsville

This week, AILA staff Laura Lynch and Leidy Perez-Davis are on the ground to observe and learn about the newly opened "port courts" which they are describing as a "Due process disaster in the making" - follow along all week for updates!

Welcoming Week 2019 Showcases America’s Inclusive Spirit

Welcoming Week 2019 has arrived. Communities around the nation are spending the week of September 13 – 22 bringing together immigrants, refugees, and longtime residents in a spirit of unity and celebration. Despite the daily news on immigration, Americans are far more welcoming than one might think. In fact, average Americans (the ones born here […]

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Trump Administration Considers Lowering the Refugee Cap to Zero

The Trump administration is considering decreasing the maximum number of refugees accepted into the United States to 10,000 and as possibly low as zero, administration officials confirmed last week. Each year, the president determines the refugee cap or ceiling, the maximum number of people who can be admitted under the United States Refugee Admission Program […]

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Key facts about refugees to the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - September 13, 2019 - 10:00

Following the signing of an executive order that suspends refugee admissions for 120 days, here are key facts about the refugees entering the United States.

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Supreme Court Allows Ban on Asylum Seekers at the Border to Take Effect

The Supreme Court issued an emergency ruling on Wednesday allowing the Trump administration to implement a ban on asylum seekers at the southern land border. The ban applies to people who transited through another country prior to arriving at the border. Although the ruling is a temporary development while litigation continues, the impact of the […]

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We All Need to #HoldUSCISAccountable

In this blog post, AILA Administrative Litigation Task Force leaders Tammy Fox-Isicoff and Ron Klasko urge everyone to do their part to hold USCIS accountable for the unprecedented inaction and delays in adjudications by utilizing resources AILA offers designed to move a case forward.

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