Category Immigration Law

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 […]

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 […]

What’s Going on with Immigration and the U.S. Supreme Court?

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review (granted certiorari) a case that exemplifies an ongoing immigration controversy, and in doing so, rule on a debate about the balance of powers within the United States government. Led by Texas, 26 states filed a complaint in federal court to block the implementation of an executive directive […]

Values-added: Social norms and the granting of asylum

With refugee resettlement becoming recognised as a significant and pressing policy issue in the Western world, it is important to consider the complexities of the way that international refugee law is interpreted at a domestic legislative level. Some types of refugee claims may be relatively straightforward in a legal context, such as systematic religious or political […]

Violating the Prohibition on Refoulement: How The US and Europe Fail Treaty Obligations in the Wake of Mass Migration

By Rosemary Laughton In French, refoulement means to drive back or reject. In law, refoulement is defined as the expulsion of someone who has the right to be recognized as a refugee. It is considered an offense so grave that international bodies expressly have prohibited it through treaties. In the wake of displacement after World […]

Morning at Moria: Hope and despair at a Greek centre for processing refugees

By Smaro Pegiou Last July, I had the opportunity to visit the Moria First Reception Centre (Moria camp) for asylum seekers. They are arriving in massive numbers by boat to Mytileni, the main port of the Greek island of Lesvos. Located in the northeastern Aegean Sea, Lesvos is very close to the Turkish coast, making it […]