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Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition to Continue Regular Visits to Detention Facilities Despite The Department of Justice Halting Funding for Program That Provides Legal Assistance to Detained Immigrants

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2018) — This week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it is indefinitely pausing its Legal Orientation Program (LOP). Cutting LOP funding will result in the suspension of programs that allow organizations such as Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition) to provide legal assistance to detained immigrants and help them navigate the complex immigration process.

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CAIR Coalition Condemns ICE's Change in Policy to Detain Pregnant Immigrant Women

Last week, the Daily Beast, reported that Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) had changed its policy in detaining pregnant women.

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Why Every Immigrant Child Facing Deportation Needs an Attorney

 

Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit decided against the right to counsel for immigrant children facing deportation. This was not the first time the Ninth Circuit had considered this question. In fact, advocates have fought hard to prove the obvious: indigent immigrant children who face deportation should have an attorney by their side.

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False Claims of Gang-Ties Ruin Lives and are on the Rise

Unsubstantiated gang allegations can greatly impact the legal case of immigrants in deportation proceedings. Allegations of gang affiliation can increase the chance that a person will be detained. If detained, a person with gang allegations in their record will likely be denied bond altogether.  When an immigrants moves on to their final hearing, gang allegations are then a big hurdle to overcome to win their cases. 

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DC Immigration Service Providers Advocate for $1.8 million Immigrant Defense Fund

CAIR Coalition has joined the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Catholic Charities, Ayuda, Whitman Walker Health and the DMV Sanctuary Congregational Network in asking DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to fully fund immigration legal services in the District with $1.8 million dollars in recurring funds.

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CAIR Coalition's Nithya Nathan-Pineau Speaks with Yahoo News

Nithya Nathan-Pineau, director of CAIR Coalition's Detained Children's Program, speaks with Yahoo News, discussing the ramifications of stalled cases and the seemingly indefinite detention of minors. 

 

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Adventures to Snow Hill in a Nor'easter

Last week, our Detained Adults Program Staff and volunteers ran into a slight bump on their trip to the Snow Hill Detention Center... Hurricane force winds, road closures, even overturned vehicles couldn't stop them! We are so proud to work with such dedicated allies.

 

 

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Supreme Court Holds Immigrants Facing Indefinite Prolonged Immigration Detention Have No Right to Bond Hearings

In a disheartening case that has a resounding impact for thousands of detained immigrants across the country, as well as on the infrastructure of immigration detention itself, the U.S. Supreme Court held today in Jennings v. Rodriguez, No. 15-1204, 583 U.S. ___ (Feb.

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DC Professional Responsibility Committee Disciplines Attorney for Providing Incompetent Counsel to Noncitizen Client Facing Deportation, Highlighting Need to Adequately Represent Immigrants in Criminal-Immigration Cases

On November 30, 2017, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility Ad Hoc Hearing Committee took disciplinary action against an attorney for providing incompetent representation to a noncitizen client facing deportation. The noncitizen client faced removal proceedings in immigration court triggered by a guilty plea in Virginia state court.

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What Kind of Country are We?

What Kind of Country Are We?

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A Reflection on My First Detention Center Visit

“And perhaps the only way to grant any justice—were that even possible—is by hearing and recording those stories over and over again so that they come back, always, to haunt and shame us. Because being aware of what is happening in our era and choosing to do nothing about it has become unacceptable. Because we cannot allow ourselves to go on normalizing horror and violence. Because we can all be held accountable if something happens under our noses and we don’t dare even look.” – Valeria Luiselli

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Update on USCIS Asylum Interview Priorities

February 5, 2018

In an effort to keep you informed with the most up to date information, we are writing to inform you about a change in USCIS’s priority categories for scheduling affirmative asylum interviews. Because this change may affect the timeline of the asylum cases you may have filed previously or are yet to file, the following information may be important for your cases:

As you may have known, USCIS previously held the following priority categories since December 2014:

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Response to the State of the Union

During yesterday's State of the Union address, President Trump had the opportunity to broadcast a message of hope and unity for the country. Instead, he chose to scapegoat unaccompanied immigrant children, one of the most vulnerable populations. He condemned inexistent "loopholes" and painted children as covert MS-13 members endangering the U.S. community.
 

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Decision on DACA and Securing America’s Future Act

The federal government is back open for business after Congress agreed to postpone the shutdown until February 8th, giving Democratic and Republican leadership a little over two weeks to come to a decision about DACA. At the moment, the GOP’s plan is summarized in H.R. 4760, which is called the “Securing America’s Future Act” (SAF).

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Press Release: Lawsuit Challenges Illegal Bond Hearing Practices in Charlotte Immigration Court

Washington, D.C.– In a sharp departure from the practice of immigration courts around the country, immigration judges in North Carolina are refusing to conduct bond hearings for detained immigrants who come before the Charlotte Immigration Court. This unlawful, alarming, and unconscionable practice deprives noncitizens of their basic due process rights. 

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CAIR Coalition Condemns TPS Decision

The Trump administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for roughly 200,000 Salvadorans, over 30,000 of who live in the DC metro area, is yet another example of a policy that is both ill-informed and gratuitously cruel.

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Thank you

As 2017 draws to a close, there are few things that I’m going to miss about it.

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Starting December 1, 2017, CAIR Coalition is providing services to immigrant residents of Prince George’s County under the County’s new Immigration Services and Language Access (ISLA) Initiative.

Starting December 1, 2017, CAIR Coalition is providing services to immigrant residents of Prince George’s County under the County’s new Immigration Services and Language Access (ISLA) Initiative. Under the leadership of County Council Member Deni Taveras, ISLA strives to close the justice gap for immigrants of the County who have been detained and are facing deportation. CAIR Coalition will be providing free legal services to detained immigrant residents of Prince George’s County.

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What your gift can mean to a detained child: Remembering one of last year’s Noviembre de Niños’ Amazon wishlist recipients

Last year I had the honor of representing a child, Andre*, who was detained in a high-security detention center we serve. Andre was a very sweet young man, always greeting me with a smile and a firm handshake, patient with my lack of street-smart Spanish, and incredibly honest and open in describing his past experiences.

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Pro Bono Perspective: Court with a Client

Pro bono attorney Amanda Russo, co-counsel with pro bono attorney Claudia Torres, both of Goodwin Procter LLP, describes the experience of their momentous first court appearance with their client, Edinson*

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