Author Archives: Stacy Jones

Should Children in Immigration Court Be Their Own Attorneys?

Amid growing violence in Central America and Mexico, thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have sought safety and stability in the United States over the past several years. After reaching a peak in the summer of 2014, the U.S. saw a slight decrease in the numbers of such children coming to the U.S. last year; however, […]

Cuban Migrants Flock to U.S., Fearing End to Generous U.S.-Cuban Immigration Policies

Since President Obama’s announcement in December 2014 that the United States would begin to “normalize relations” between the U.S. and Cuba, there has been a 78% increase in the number of Cubans seeking to enter the United States. The Obama administration’s reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and high-level negotiations on other issues […]

Paris Terrorist Attacks Lead to Backlash Against Syrian Refugees in U.S.

As the Syrian civil war rages on and ISIL continues to wreak havoc in the Middle East, over four million Syrian refugees have fled their homes seeking safety in refugee camps and other countries around the world. European leaders continue to strive for workable solutions as they struggle to respond to the thousands of refugees, […]

Judge’s Order Spells End to U.S. Family Detention Program

Last month, a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to release “without unnecessary delay” the mothers and children that it began detaining en masse last summer; it remains to be seen whether the government will fully comply with the judge’s order by the court-imposed deadline of October 23. Immigration attorneys and advocates have long condemned […]

Immigration Stories: The more things change, the more they stay the same

I recently had a chance to read a book that I’ve been wanting to dive into for years. Immigration Stories, edited by David A. Martin and Peter H. Schuck, is part of the Stories Series, which relates the political and historical context behind some of the more important case law in a variety of different […]

U.S. Attorney General Holder Vacates Problematic and Unjust Silva-Trevino Decision

On April 10, 2015, then-Attorney General Eric Holder issued a legal decision that, while only five pages, will have immense consequences for noncitizens facing deportation as a result of prior criminal convictions. The opinion reintroduces stability and clarity to immigration proceedings by vacating (setting aside) an earlier opinion by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who […]

U.S. Immigration Courts Stretched to Breaking Point, With No Relief in Sight

With a greater number of cases awaiting adjudication than ever before, there is a due process crisis in U.S. immigration courts.  While challenges within the system have been growing for years, recent systemic changes implemented after the arrival of record numbers of Central American children last year have only exacerbated existing problems.  It is unclear […]

Protections for Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children Are At Risk, Again

Juan journeyed to the United States from his native El Salvador at the age of 13 after experiencing years of familial neglect and threats from armed gang members.  When Juan was an infant, his father abandoned him and his mother, claiming that Juan was not his son and refusing to have any further contact with […]

Federal Judge Orders Temporary Halt to Obama’s Executive Immigration Actions

Late on February 16, 2015, a federal judge in southern Texas issued a temporary injunction ordering the Obama administration to immediately halt implementation of its executive actions on immigration. While not entirely unexpected, the injunction does present a roadblock, albeit hopefully short-lived, to the many undocumented individuals expected to benefit from the President’s deferred action […]

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration Are Welcome, but Imperfect

On November 20, 2014, in a primetime national address, President Obama ended months of speculation and made good on multiple promises to take action regarding U.S. immigration policy.  The President emphasized that the new initiatives, policies, and programs he was announcing are not a permanent solution to the many problems plaguing our current immigration system […]