A Board of Immigration Appeals decision in March tying jurisdiction to the immigration court where charging documents are filed has attorneys saying nearly five months later that it left several key issues around choice of law unresolved.
Advocates, community allies, and pro bono partners are recognized for their efforts in fighting for the rights of immigrant children and adults in detention and at risk of deportation in the Capital region and beyond.
How often does U.S. Customs and Border Protection find fentanyl on migrants crossing outside “lawful” entry points? Just 0.02 percent of the time. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of the fentanyl seizures happening at border checkpoints, and in most of those cases, the drug is smuggled, sold and consumed by U.S. citizens.
In Pugin v. Garland, the Supreme Court held that an offense may “relate to” obstruction of justice under the INA’s definition of an aggravated felony even if the underlying statute does not require a pending investigation or proceeding.
On July 4th, I will celebrate with my mixed-immigrant, first-generation family, neighbors, and community. I tell my little one she is an Incan-Viking Warrior (because she is). And that there are places where not everyone is free, including in our own country. But we are working to change that. I try to teach her about refugees and why people flee their homes to come to the United States.
This Policy Brief examines the beneficial impact of increased access to immigration court records in addressing inefficiencies and due process violations, including the backlog, in removal proceedings.
A complaint was filed to address systemic failures at Pike County Correctional Facility. Immigrants held at the facility are facing restricted access to legal counsel, hampering their ability to prepare for appearances in immigration court.
Immigration attorneys nationwide have witnessed a concerning increase in immigration judges issuing deportation decisions without individualized analysis. Instead, these barebones decisions often rely on boilerplate “form addenda,” which are standardized summaries of immigration law not specific to any noncitizen’s case.
The Board of Immigration Appeals recently held in Matter of Garcia that choice of law should be determined by the location of the immigration court in which a charging document is filed and where jurisdiction vests, except in instances where a charging document is filed at an administrative control court, or when the immigration judge grants a change of venue.
The end of Title 42 and the new asylum restrictions create a second-class status in the U.S. Although the Biden administration offers a “humanitarian parole” option for asylum seekers from select countries, that is merely permission to work for two years, with no pathway to permanent legal status. Like DACA, it creates indefinite uncertainty.
CAIR Coalition is deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of two unaccompanied children, both from Honduras, while under the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). This is a tragic loss, and our hearts go out to their families and communities.
This week may be the most critical for immigrants since the start of the Biden administration. New “reforms” will come into effect at the Southern border on Thursday, May 11, replacing the entry ban enacted under Title 42.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition filed a friend-of-the-court brief, also known as an Amicus brief, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to support asylum seekers in detention who were impacted by a data breach of their personal information by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
In the U.S. immigration system, people are forced to face detention and deportation in civil immigration court with no right to counsel in their immigration hearings. Those without lawyers face enormous odds in fighting their cases.
As Congress and the Biden administration bicker over which side can do less to help the broken immigration system, 38 men lost their lives this week when a migrant detention facility caught fire. Another 29 are severely injured. This tragedy has broken the hearts of families and communities across both sides of the border.
President Biden’s broken promises on immigrant rights continue to pile up. During his 2020 presidential campaign, President Biden said he would “end Trump’s detrimental asylum policies” and “the mismanagement of the asylum system, which fuels violence and chaos at the border.” In addition, he vowed that “children should be released from ICE detention with their parents immediately.”
Without the Afghan Adjustment Act, many Afghan evacuees who risked their lives for the United States will never access permanent protection or be reunited with their family members who are still stranded and in danger in Afghanistan.