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California Has the Largest Immigration Court Backlog: It’s Still Growing

The immigration case backlog is growing as the processing time continues to slow down. On September 4th, 2018, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on new data that indicates that California has the largest immigration court backlog in the entire country. According to records collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, the…

Trump Administration is Pushing Rule Change that Would Allow for Longer Detention of Migrant Children

According to reporting from National Public Radio (NPR), the Trump Administration is attempting to lift a court-imposed settlement that limits how long migrant children can be held in U.S. immigration detention centers. The proposed rule change would alter the ‘Flores Settlement’, an important policy that our legal team has discussed before. In this post, our…

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…

Trump Administration Proposal: Punish Immigrants for Using Basic Social Services

On August 8th, 2018, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Trump Administration is planning to roll out a new rule that would punish legal immigrants for using basic social services. The proposal, which has yet to be finalized, would impose penalties on lawful immigrants who are seeking permanent status in the United States if…

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…

Lawsuit Alleges that the Trump Administration is Violating the ‘Travel Ban’ Rules

In June of this year, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld key aspects of President Trump’s ‘travel ban’. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the travel ban was upheld in a highly controversial 5 to 4 decision that split on partisan lines. As of August of 2018, seven countries are subject to…

Immigration Law Watch: Federal Judge Denies the Majority of Trump Administration Claims Against California

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, United States District Judge John Mendez has rejected two of the three legal claims that the Trump Administration filed against the state of California. The Trump Administration had been seeking to block key aspects of California’s state-level immigration laws. Essentially, these are California’s ‘sanctuary state’ policies. They…

What is the Flores Settlement?

For several weeks the Trump Administration has falsely blamed ‘the law’ for its immoral decision to separate families at the southern border. Some administration officials have also pointed to the 1997 Supreme Court case of Flores v. Reno (also known as the ‘Flores settlement’) as a reason why family separation occurred. Once again this is…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Moves to Cut Off Asylum for Domestic Violence Victims, People Fleeing Drug Cartels

As stated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), our country recognizes the right of asylum for qualified individuals who are fleeing persecution in other countries. Unfortunately, for those seeking asylum in the United States, the Trump Administration just made it much more difficult for victims of abuse and violence to get to safety…

New California Bill Would Put Major Limits on Immigration Disclosures in State Court

Under the Trump Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been using increasingly harsh, aggressive immigration enforcement tactics. Among other things, there have been reports that ICE has even started detaining people at courthouses. California lawmakers are now responding. A new bill, (Senate Bill 785), recently passed by the legislature, would provide major protections…