Category Immigration Law

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 […]

Ramifications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders

In 1939, the German ship St. Louis sailed from Hamburg to Havana. There, only a handful of passengers were allowed to disembark. The St. Louis then began to sail along the coast of Florida within sight of the lights of Miami. U.S. officials, however, refused requests from passengers to disembark and the ship returned to […]

Victory in Fight to End Family Detention in U.S.?

Immigrant advocates last week cheered the latest victory in the fight to end the detention of women and children in family detention centers in Texas, as over 500 mothers and kids were released from two facilities over the weekend.  But the government has appealed the recent court ruling, which comes amidst a series of contradictory […]

Immigration in the U.S. Courts: An Update

The past few months have seen a flurry of activity in U.S. courts on a variety of immigration-related cases, some more positive for immigrants than others. United States v. Texas As I’ve previously written, the most high-profile immigration litigation in the U.S. over the last year has been the lawsuit over President Obama’s executive actions. […]

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Regarding Obama’s Deferred Action Programs

On April 18, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas, the lawsuit brought by Texas and 25 other states attempting to invalidate President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. The ramifications of the Court’s decision in June will have lasting effects, whichever side wins. President Obama announced in November 2014 […]