Immigration Law Blog

 

BuzzFeed News: New USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli Sent an Email Pressuring Officials to Prevent Immigrants from Obtaining Asylum

Recently, President Donald Trump appointed Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican politician from Virginia and an opponent of immigration rights, as the Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In his first few days in the position, Acting Director Cuccinelli is already carrying out the Trump Administration’s agenda — attempting to make it more…

Federal Appeals Court Cancels Deportation Order for Immigrant Who Was Unlawfully Detained in Los Angeles Raid

According to a story published in the Los Angeles Times, a federal appeals court has cancelled the deportation order for a man who was unlawfully detained in a 2008 ICE raid at a Los Angeles manufacturing worksite. A three-member panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that federal immigration officers violated U.S. law…

Report: U.S. Government is Deporting Victim of Terrorism

According to reporting from The New Yorker, the United States government is using a provision in an anti-terror law as grounds for deporting a victim of terrorism. It is a shocking and gutwrenching story that demonstrates just how difficult it is to apply for asylum in this country. Here, our Los Angeles deportation lawyer summarizes…

Report: ICE Violating Its Own Policy, Deporting Veterans Without Checking Their Service Status

According to reporting from The Washington Post, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been deporting American veterans without ever reviewing their service status. This is taking place despite an internal agency policy that requires federal immigration agents to consider a veteran’s military records before initiating the deportation process. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has…

ICE Inspector Finds “Egregious” Violations at Several Immigration Detention Facilities

According to reporting from PBS Newshour, an internal watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found very serious legal violations at several immigration detention facilities across the country — including at the Adelanto Detention Facility in San Bernardino County, California. In far too many cases, the health and safety of detainees are being put…

California Lawmakers Considering Extending Medicaid Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants

According to reporting from Pacific Standard, California state lawmakers are considering removing the barriers that stand between undocumented immigrants and health care benefits. Currently, no U.S. state allows adult undocumented immigrants to access benefits through Medicaid. However, that could be changing. Recently, the California State Assembly passed a bill that would grant Medicaid benefits to…

ICE Arrested a DACA Recipient — Then the Agency Went After Her Parents

Recently, the Chicago Sun Times reported on an especially heartbreaking story of a 26-year-old mother and DACA recipient who was arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents while taking her child to school. Paula Hincapie-Rendon, the young mother, was originally brought to the United States from Columbia by her parents when she…