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Ninth Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Asylum Seekers — Blocks Some ‘Fast Track’ Deportations

According to reporting from The New York Times, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled in favor of asylum seekers who were facing possible ‘fast track’ deportation from the Trump Administration. In the case of Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam v. United States Department of Homeland Security, the appeals court broadened protections for…

Report: Smugglers, Criminal Groups are Benefiting From President Trump’s Draconian Immigration Policies

President Trump has consistently pushed policies that make life significantly more difficult for immigrants and their families. Yet, there are some groups who appear to have benefited directly from the administration’s immigration policies: smugglers and criminal gangs in Mexico.   On February 4th, 2019, USA Today published a story on the impacts that the Trump…

Supreme Court Refuses to Revive the Trump Administration’s Asylum Ban

Earlier this year, the Trump Administration moved to block migrants from claiming asylum at all places in between official points of entry. The policy was quickly challenged in federal court. In November, California judge Jon S. Tigar blocked the partial asylum ban — ruling that the Trump Administration exceeded its authority under United States law.…

California Federal Trump Halts the Trump Administration’s Asylum Ban

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced a new policy that would stop many migrants from applying for asylum in the United States. Through executive fiat, President Trump ordered the U.S. government to stop accepting asylum applications unless the applicant arrived at an official port of entry.   On November 19th, 2018, in the United…

Asylum Applicants Can Spend Months or Years in Detention — Even Without a Criminal Record

For immigrants, being held in a detention facility can be a long and unpredictable experience. The United States government is, unfortunately, notoriously slow in processing applications for asylum and other immigration cases. While many people have a vague understanding that immigration courts have a large backlog, most people do not know the true effects that…

California Federal Judge: Trump Administration Cannot Immediately Deport Hundreds of Reunited Families

On August 16th, 2018, a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California blocked the Trump Administration from putting hundreds of migrant parents and children on the fast-track for deportation. Notably, these migrants were recently reunited after being torn apart by the Administration’s immoral family separation policy. In the…

Immigrants in South California Facility File Lawsuit Over Inhumane Conditions

On August 1st, 2018, a civil rights lawsuit was filed on behalf of immigrants being detained in Southern California. According to reporting from The Orange County Register, litigation is now in progress to protect the rights of migrant being held at San Bernardino County’s Victorville prison complex. This lawsuit was filed in the United States…

The Trump Administration Plans Indefinite Detention for Migrant Families

After falsely blaming ‘the law’ for family separation for several weeks, the Trump Administration relented to mass political pressure and the president signed an unnecessary order to stop the policy. While the end of family separation is a major victory for human rights important, sadly, the Trump Administration is planning on replacing separation with another…