USCIS Postpones Harsh Notice to Appear Rule for Removal Proceedings

On July 30, 2018, USCIS announced that it will postpone implementation of its June 28, 2018, policy memo on the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA) to initiate removal proceedings so that it may obtain operational guidance. Recently, USCIS issued two groundbreaking policy memos that would have drastically increased the number of non-citizens placed in removal READ MORE

President Trump Reverses Policy Separating Immigrant Families and Seeks Indefinite Family Detention

President Trump signed an executive order “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,” reversing his administration’s prior policy separating children from their parents at the border. This order instructs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take measures to detain family units without separating children from parents during pending criminal improper entry or immigration READ MORE

US Supreme Court Holds That Immigrants Do Not Have a Statutory Right to Bail

On February 27, 2018, in Jennings v. Rodriguez, the US Supreme Court ruled that certain immigrants detained for deportation do not have a statutory right to periodic bond hearings. This is a setback for immigrants’ rights advocates, but they are positioned to attack detention on constitutional grounds instead. The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of READ MORE

President’s Creation of a National Vetting Center for Immigrants

President Trump issued a memo to streamline and optimize the use of federal government information in the national vetting process.  It directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish the center and streamline the vetting and flow of information within six months.  The presidential directive does not provide for any funding or new powers.  READ MORE

Everyone Is Fair Game for Deportation

The Independent reports that everyone is fair game for deportation (removal) under the Trump administration. Arrests of undocumented immigrants have jumped compared to last year and there has also been a shift in who is being picked up for deportation. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested up 30,000 aliens more between January and READ MORE

Immigration Judge Finds Racial Profiling in Detention Case

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on April 28, 2017, that an immigration judge (IJ) in Atlanta found unconstitutional racial profiling in an immigration detention case in ruling against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The IJ held that two ICE agents committed “egregious” racial profiling when arresting a man walking from his apartment to catch READ MORE