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DHS To Refer Unauthorized Border Crossers To Prosecutors

DHS To Refer Unauthorized Border Crossers To Prosecutors

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is creating a new program to refer all unauthorized border crossers to the U.S. Department of Justice for prosecution, ramping up his previous “zero tolerance” enforcement policies along the U.S.-Mexico border. In remarks before Arizona state criminal investigative agencies, he clarified that anyone who smuggles noncitizens Read More

Gov’t Can’t Toss Suit Over Phone Searches At Border

The government can’t shake a suit over U.S. border patrol agents searching travelers’ electronic devices without a warrant after a Massachusetts federal court has ruled that the travelers challenging the policy have plausible claims that their rights to privacy and free speech were curtailed. In a 52-page order, U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper rejected Read More

Immigration Bill Roundup: Sanctuary Cities, Court Oversight

Though political will to cooperate on immigration-related issues has been in short stock lately, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have introduced legislation over the last month tackling sanctuary cities, immigration court reform, family reunification and illegal reentry to the U.S. Here, we recap their proposals in detail. Reforms For Independent Immigration Courts Democratic Read More

Feds Defend Searching Phones At Border Without Warrants

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice defended its border-search practices – including those involving cellphones – this week at a Boston court hearing where the federal government clashed with the American Civil Liberties Union over a centuries-old question of what personal belongings law enforcement officers can inspect without a warrant at the nation’s borders. Courts weighing the interests Read More

Cuomo Blasts ICE For ‘Reckless’ Raids On Immigrant Homes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has condemned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for its warrantless raids, warning that the state will sue the agency if such “reckless and unconstitutional” practices continue. Cuomo urged ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan in a cease and desist letter to stop immigration officials from continuing their “routine” practice of raiding immigrant homes Read More

ICE, US Atty Stand By Rare Immigration Arrest At Courthouse

Federal immigration officials and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts this week stood by the attendance of two agents at an asylum-seeking international student’s sentencing so they could arrest her immediately after she left, a move that enraged the presiding judge. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, nominated last year by President Donald Trump to Read More

Married Couples Seek Cert. In Immigrant Spouse Challenge

Several married couples who allege the government is unlawfully trying to detain and deport immigrant spouses who are seeking permanent residency and are married to U.S. citizens asked Monday that a Massachusetts federal court certify a class and temporarily bar the practice. The couples say they adequately represent a class of individuals seeking lawful permanent resident status who Read More

EOIR Halts Legal Aid Program For Immigrants In Detention

The Trump administration is halting a legal aid program that has informed detained immigrants about their constitutional rights since former President George W. Bush created it in 2003. Administered by the Vera Institute of Justice and funded by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Legal Orientation Program has served more than 50,000 individuals annually in 38 detention Read More

Trump Admin. Can’t Deny DOJ Grants To ‘Sanctuary’ Cities

A California federal judge granted a win to so-called sanctuary cities last week by imposing a permanent, nationwide ban that would prevent the Trump administration from placing certain immigration-related conditions on community policing grants administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real entered a permanent injunction against the restrictions that applied not Read More

2nd Circ. Revives Tax Fraud Denaturalization Fight

A woman who said her lawyer misled her about the consequences of pleading guilty to tax fraud had her bid to overturn her conviction and retain her U.S. citizenship revived by the Second Circuit on Monday, with the court saying more facts were needed before a ruling was possible. Cleopatra Rodriguez became a naturalized citizen Read More

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