Category Immigration Law

Trump Administration Undermines Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

The Trump Administration undermines existing protections for immigrant domestic violence survivors through its current enforcement priorities.  In some cases, such as when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) shows up at courthouses, this is effectively state-reinforcement of the abuse of the victim.  Because of the administration’s actions, immigrant domestic violence survivors have fewer options to escape […]

The Unsafe Third Country Agreement

by Aditya Rao Since the election of President Trump, small border towns across Canada have seen thousands of asylum seekers cross into Canada. In May of last year, a woman died in the cold while trying to cross the border. This January, the small town of Emerson, Manitoba saw a man cross from the United […]

The Supreme Court Punts on the Constitutional Right to a Bond Hearing for Detained Immigrants

To many people, the thought of indefinite detention at the hands of the government without access to a bond hearing is the antithesis of liberty and other dearly held ideals. For some detained immigrants in the United States, a recent Supreme Court decision makes this access more complicated – but the media simplifies the decision […]

Salvadoran Nationals are Faced with the Reality that TPS was in Fact Temporary

by Karina Guzman Originally published on the Northeastern Law Review Forum On Monday, January 8, 2018, the Trump Administration announced that it would not renew Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Salvadoran and other nationals. As a result, “more than 200,000” non-citizens from El Salvador will be forced to leave the United States. Tal Kopan, Trump Admin […]

End of DACA Program Turns DREAMers’ Lives to Nightmares

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s decision to make good on a campaign promise to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, throwing hundreds of thousands of young immigrants’ lives into chaos and passing the hot potato of potential immigration reform back to Congress. Created by […]

U.S. Supreme Court cases reveal gender-based discrimination and absurdity in citizenship laws

At the end of its most recent term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two important decisions in cases involving qualifications for U.S. citizenship. Sessions v. Morales-Santana Luis Morales-Santana was born in the Dominican Republic in 1962.  At the time, his parents, José and Yrma, were unmarried.  José had been born in Puerto Rico and was […]

‘Tell Me How It Ends’: Insights into the Unaccompanied Children Crisis

In March 2015, Valeria Luiselli began volunteering as an interpreter for unaccompanied children appearing before the New York City immigration court. A Mexican writer and novelist, Luiselli’s only previous experience with the U.S. immigration system involved her own green card application (then still pending). She was captivated by the news stories she heard about tens […]

Sanctuary Cities in the United States: Fact vs. Fiction

So-called “sanctuary cities” have been all over the American news since Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” on January 25.  Cities like San Francisco and Seattle are suing the federal government over the EO, while some Republican lawmakers are supporting it.  Trump himself has […]

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Illegal Forced Labor Practices in Colorado Immigration Detention Facility

Last month, a federal judge in Colorado granted class action status in a lawsuit alleging that private prison company The GEO Group, Inc., forced immigrant detainees to work in a detention facility.  While the case is ongoing, it comes amid ever greater concerns regarding the future of immigrant detention in the United States. The suit, […]

10 days into Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’: a legal round-up

Chaos erupted in airports around the United States over the weekend of January 27-29 as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials scrambled to implement President Trump’s hastily issued immigration-related executive order.  Entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and signed on January 27, the order, among other things: Suspends all […]