Trump Unveils Plan to Reform Immigration System with Focus on “Merit” Based Immigration

Trump Unveils Plan to Reform Immigration System with Focus on “Merit” Based Immigration

President Trump spoke late last week about his administration’s plan to “modernize” and reform the nation’s immigration system.  During his remarks, Trump identified two primary goals for the plan: 1) to stop illegal immigration and secure the nation’s border; and 2) to shift the immigration system away from primarily family-based […]

May 19, 2019 0 comments Read More
President Trump Issues Memorandum Calling for Additional Restrictions on Asylum Seekers

President Trump Issues Memorandum Calling for Additional Restrictions on Asylum Seekers

On Monday, President Trump issued a presidential memorandum calling for the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to propose new regulations aiming to enhance border security and “strengthen asylum procedures to safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process.” The memo specifically calls […]

May 3, 2019 0 comments Read More
Supreme Court Ruling Allows for Detention of Criminal Immigrants Long After Completion of Sentences

Supreme Court Ruling Allows for Detention of Criminal Immigrants Long After Completion of Sentences

The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued a ruling that is thought to broaden the power of immigration officials to detain criminal immigrants. In the 5-4 decision, Nielsen, et al. v. Preap, et al., the Court ruled that immigration officials are not required to detain an immigrant with […]

March 28, 2019 0 comments Read More
Migrants Forced to Wait in Mexico for Immigration Court Hearings Due to New US Government Policy

Migrants Forced to Wait in Mexico for Immigration Court Hearings Due to New US Government Policy

The government announced on January 24, 2019 a new policy that will force some migrants to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearings.  Instead of being permitted to enter the United States and wait for their immigration court hearings, the new policy will allow immigration officials to return the […]

January 28, 2019 0 comments Read More
Government shutdown worsening immigration courts backlog, has little effect on USCIS

Government shutdown worsening immigration courts backlog, has little effect on USCIS

Today is the 30th day of the partial government shutdown, and there appears to be no end in sight following the President’s weekend proposal to reopen the government and provide a three-year extension of DACA and TPS in exchange for $5.7 billion of funding for his border wall, a proposal […]

January 21, 2019 0 comments Read More
Supreme Court to hear oral arguments regarding mandatory detention of immigrants with criminal convictions.

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments regarding mandatory detention of immigrants with criminal convictions.

The Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments today in the case of Nielsen v. Preap (16-1363), a case in which the Court will decide the issue of “[w]hether a criminal alien becomes exempt from mandatory detention under 8 U.S.C. 1226(c) if, after the alien is released […]

October 18, 2018 0 comments Read More
USCIS begins implementation of new policy for issuance of Notices to Appear

USCIS begins implementation of new policy for issuance of Notices to Appear

US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that beginning October 1, 2018, it will begin implementing a June 28, 2018 policy memorandum intended to effectuate President Trump’s immigration policies. On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, detailing his […]

September 28, 2018 0 comments Read More
Inspectors Report Poor Conditions at Privately-Run Immigration Detention Facility

Inspectors Report Poor Conditions at Privately-Run Immigration Detention Facility

The United States Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General issued a report on September 27, 2018, following a surprise inspection of a privately-run immigration detention facility in Adelanto, California. The detention facility in Adelanto, California is owned and operated by the GEO Group, and houses up to […]

September 28, 2018 0 comments Read More