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Conservative Supreme Court Overturns Ninth Circuit (5-4); Reinforces Government’s Power to Detain and Deport Immigrants

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of the Trump Administration and against immigrant rights groups in a dispute over the federal government’s right to detain immigrants without a hearing. In a split decision, the Court’s conservative majority protected the power of federal…

House Democrats Introduce the ‘Dream and Promise Act’ — A Bill Offering a Path to Permanent Status for 2.5. Million People

As reported by ThinkProgress, House Democrats have formally introduced HR 6 — also known as the ‘Dream and Promise Act’ — a bill that would potentially provide a realistic path to permanent residency for around 2.5 million immigrants. At a time when immigrants are under increased pressure from the Trump Administration, the introduction of this…

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…

Looking for Immigration Advice? Four Warning Signs You May Be Dealing With Fraud

In December, our legal team highlighted the story of several Southern California farmworkers who were scammed by an individual falsely posing as an immigration lawyer. Unfortunately, these types of fraud schemes are all too common. In February, the Los Angeles Immigration Fraud Unit announced charges against more individuals for scamming immigrants. Alarmingly, Los Angeles County…

California Officials Find that Immigrants Face Harsh Conditions in ICE Detention Facilities

According to reporting from NBC Southern California, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has determined that detainees are facing harsh conditions in California’s federal immigration facilities. In a report released by the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ), regulators released a comprehensive review of the ten federal immigration facilities located in the state: Adelanto ICE…

New Data: President’s Trump Government Shutdown Increased the Immigration Court Backlog By More Than Ten Percent

It is no secret that the United States immigration process can be frustratingly slow. An immigration backlog that is surging in recent years has only compounded this problem — especially in California, where the immigration court backlog has swelled well beyond 140,000 cases. Earlier this week, this data was released, confirming the disruptive and destructive…

Congressional Budget Deal Seeks to Reduce ICE Detention Capacity

On February 14th, 2019, legislators from both parties in the Senate and House of Representatives reached a budget agreement that averted a second federal government shutdown. The first — which lasted for more than one month — caused tremendous disruption within United States immigration courts. Certainly, the aversion of the shutdown and the lack of…

Update on Immigration Delays: It Takes Twice as Long to Get a Visa Compared to Four Years Ago

In recent years, many immigrants have been forced to endure frustrating delays in the processing of their application. California’s immigration court backlog is the largest in the country, and the federal government shutdown has only added to the chaos and dysfunction. The delays in our system are not limited to immigration courts. Recently, new data…

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…

Washington Post: ICE Set Up a Fake University in a Sting Operation

Until very recently, the website for the “University of Farmington” looked fairly similar to the website for any other ordinary American college or university. It was filled with leafy pictures, background information, and general details on enrollment procedures and course programs. If you navigate to the website today, you will find a message stating that…