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From: Elizabeth Gibson 
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 11:13 AM
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Subject: Weekly News Briefing - April 17, 2017

 

TOP UPDATES

 

BREAKING: SCOTUS Denies Cert in Castro Case

Terrible case denying habeas to asylum seekers in expedited removal.  Supreme Court denies cert in Castro case, allows 3rd Circuit ruling against Berks families to stand. Bad outcome for expedited removal.



SCOTUS blog summary of the issues that were at stake:

Issues: (1) Whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit erred in holding that the petitioners are not entitled to judicial review of their statutory, regulatory and constitutional claims, even by habeas corpus, and are “prohibited from invoking the protections of the suspension clause" to challenge their removal; and (2) whether the 3rd Circuit erred in concluding, contrary to every other circuit to address the issue, that persons who have entered the United States may be “assimilated” to the constitutional status of noncitizens arriving at our borders, and thereby denied constitutional rights.

         CNN


  • SCOTUS Court Order

  • Third Circuit Opinion

 

Juror Registration Forms

Several people on the VAWA NYC listserv noted an increase in clients receiving juror registration forms. It is unclear whether this may be due benefits applications, IDNYC, or some other source. It is important to remind clients that they are not eligible to serve as jurors. However, this creates a problem because the court requires that people then prove they are noncitizens.

 

Monitoring UAC Policy

CLINIC has created a web form to monitor instances where the government attempts to terminate the “unaccompanied child” (UC) status of children initially designated as UCs.  The web form is available here: https://cliniclegal.org/tracking-uac-de-designations.  If you or your organization/firm has experienced this issue, we would be grateful if you would fill out this web form.  CLINIC is collaborating with other partners to monitor and consider advocacy and litigation strategies to assist children in this situation.  We are also developing a practice advisory on combatting government attempts to terminate UC status, which we hope to share in the coming weeks.  We ask that you consider submitting the form in the future if you begin to run into this issue, even if you haven’t yet. 

 

Haitian Firm Resettlement Research

Fragomen Brazil has put together extensive research on the firm resettlement question for Haitians coming to the U.S. via Brazil. Key documents are available on the shared drive.

 

Destruction of IDNYC Still On Hold

While a Staten Island judge ruled in favor of Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to destroy personal documents collected for the city's municipal ID program, the Republican lawmakers who filed the initial lawsuit filed a second suit Thursday, prohibiting officials from destroying anything until May 3 at the earliest.

 

Archived Websites

Key immigration guidance continues to disappear off government websites. Don’t forget that you can always try the Wayback Machine for archived websites. However, you also may want to save key documents.  

 

CALLS TO ACTION

 

TPS Research

From Kate Griffith: My Cornell ILR colleague (Shannon Gleeson) and I are engaged in an interview-based research project focused on TPS holders in the New York City and Long Island NY regions.  We need some help connecting with TPS holders from Central America.  The interviews are anonymous and voluntary of course. Participants receive $50 to compensate them for their time.  The flyers we have used for outreach are attached.  If anyone is in a position to help us connect with a few Central American TPS holders, or wants to know more about the study (or has a perspective on employment issues for TPS holders that they’d be willing to share), please email me (kg275@cornell.edu) and Shannon (smg338@cornell.edu) directly.

 

RESOURCES

 

         Resources for Victims Immigration-Related Harassment by Landlords



         AILA: Resources for Responding to Large-Scale Enforcement Actions and Raids

         Practice Advisory: Remedies to DHS Enforcement at Courthouses and Other Protected Locations1

         IDP Guidance on ICE in the Courts

         Web Form for Sending Questions to the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP)  (or email info@immdefense.org)

         General AILA Post-Election Resource Page

         AILA: Know Your Rights Handouts: If ICE Visits a Home, Employer, or Public Space

         AILA: Executive Actions Issued on the Border and Interior Enforcement

 

GOVERNMENT

 

DOJ Memo on Priority of Immigration-Related Prosecutions

The DOJ issued a memo to federal prosecutors stating “It is a high priority of the Department of Justice to establish lawfulness in our immigration system . . . It is critical that our work focus on criminal cases that will further reduce illegality.”  It describes that prosecutions and incarceration for illegal entry, illegal reentry, smuggling, identity theft, and others.  There is a link to the memo and a summary of the memo’s key points (with explanations of some of the terms mentioned in the memo), attached.

 

Practice Manual Update

The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge has updated the Immigration Court Practice Manual to amend the provisions concerning defensive and lodged asylum applications.  These changes affected pages 38, 79, and D-2. 

 

DHS Releases ICE Declined Detainer Outcome Report

DHS issued the ICE Declined Detainer Outcome Report as required by EO 13768. This weekly report lists the jurisdictions that have declined to honor ICE detainers or requests for notification and includes examples of criminal charges associated with those released undocumented immigrants.

AILA Doc. No. 17032002

 

Bios for the Latest Round of New IJs

 

 

EVENTS



         4/19/17 VAWA Advocates Meeting w/ Bond Hearing CLE - April 19, 2017 will take place at Davis, Polk and Wardell from 3-5pm.  Andrea Saenz, Supervising Attorney from Brooklyn Defenders, will be conducting a 75 minute attorney CLE starting promptly at 3pm on bond/bond hearings and post removal order options.

         4/20/17 Representing LGBTI asylum-seekers and how to use international law to strengthen asylum claims - UNHCR and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Texas A&M University School of Law will be hosting a free webinar on representing LGBTI asylum-seekers and how to use international law to strengthen asylum claims in the U.S. The webinar will take place from 2-3:30pm EST

         4/23/17 Brooklyn Immigration Forum with Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez 9am-3pm

         4/23/17 The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project fundraiser – This project (based in AZ) is having a fundraiser in Brooklyn on Sunday April 23rd from 3PM to 6PM. Apparently there will be a DJ and Drinks/Burritos/Art. They’ll be releasing and selling Your Huddled Masses an art book featuring some amazing artivists. HANSON DRY/ 925 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY

         4/24/17 Representing the Trafficking Victim-Witness: Securing Continued Presence and Providing Reasonable Cooperation for Purposes of the T Nonimmigrant Status (ONA Sponsored) Monday April 24th, 2017, Time: 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Attendees are eligible to receive 3 CLE credits for attending this training. 

         4/25/17 Professional Responsibility for Legal Services Lawyers – City Bar Tuesday, April 25, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

         4/27/17 USCIS Listening Session Invitation To Discuss Access and Accommodations for Customers with Disabilities - USCIS invites stakeholders to a 4/27/17 listening session on access to services, information, and facilities for customers who have motor, mobility, and dexterity disabilities.

         4/28/17 NTAs, Service and Practical Tips for Master Calendar Hearings - The training will be held at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 on Friday,  April 28, 2017 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. We ask that you RSVP by signing up prior to April 27, 2017.

         5/1/17 National Day of Action on International Workers Day

         5/8/17 Legal Observer Training - Monday, May 8, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 pm Brooklyn Bar Association, First Floor Auditorium, 123 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201. RSVP. Required.

 

ImmProf

 

Monday, April 17, 2017



         ICE immigration arrests of noncriminals double under Trump

         Tax Day Musings: Tax Filings Seen Dipping Amid Trump Crackdown On Illegal Immigration

         Homeland Security chief says 'confusion' spurred by the Trump administration is stemming illegal immigration

Sunday, April 16, 2017

         Easter Message From Sean Spicer

         ICE’s Public Shaming Detainer Reports Were So Inaccurate They Had to Stop Publishing Them

         German Immigrants Brought Easter Bunny to US

Saturday, April 15, 2017

         Monarch Butterflies & Immigration Protest Art

         Federal Court Weighs Injunction in Challenge to Executive Order's Threat to De-Fund "Sanctuary Cities"

         Immigrants of the Day: How Two Chinese Immigrants Built a Billion-Dollar Fast-Food Empire

Breitbart Applauds New Immigration Hawks Named to Senior DHS Positions

Friday, April 14, 2017

         Faced with San Francisco lawsuit, Trump lawyer backs down on sanctuary cities

         Right to Counsel in Expedited Removal: Amicus Brief Sign-On Request for Attorneys & Law Profs

         New Detention Center Coming to Conroe, Texas

         Trump should claim victory on the border and abandon the wall

         Immigration Article of the Day: Irreconcilable? Trump's EO and the INA by Cindy Galway Buys

Thursday, April 13, 2017

         Lawsuit Targets Trump's Border Wall, Enforcement Program

         What World Cup Bid Signals for Muslim Ban, NAFTA

         Immigration Article of the Day: Immigration Policy and Agriculture: Possible Directions for the Future by By Philip Martin

         Watchdog Organization Files Civil Rights Complaint Alleging Rising Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Harassment in U.S. Immigration Detention Facilities

         Trump Economic Adviser Riles Anti-Immigrant Base

Thursday, April 13, 2017

         Long-Lost Photos Reveal Life of Mexican Migrant Workers in 1950s America

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

         Nat'l Immigration Project on Defending Against ICE Courthouse Arrests

         Jennifer Chacon on ICE Arrests at Courthouses

         Border Searches of Electronic Devices Are Up

         After Making History at Harvard, This Latina DACA Student to Earn PhD From Claremont

         Nearly 1,500 Economists Say Immigration Strengthens American Economy in Letter to White House, Congress

         Trump Organization settles restaurant suits with chefs sparked by Trump's statements about Mexican immigrants

         Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks Announcing the Department of Justice’s Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement

         Immigration Article of the Day: The Ten Parts of 'Illegal' in 'Illegal Immigration' that I Do Not Understand by Kari E. Hong

         ‘We are all migrants’: Posters highlight human stories

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

         Attorney General Jeff Sessions Demands More Federal Immigration Prosecutions -- Costly Immigration Enforcement Measures Send Message of Fear

         Call for Applications: 2018 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise

         The Big, Beautiful Wall's Impact on Wildlife

         Alabamna Governor, Champion of Strict Immigration Enforcement Law, Resigns Amid Scandal

         Oral Argument in Ninth Circuit in Flores v. Sessions

         Full Fourth Circuit to rule on Trump travel ban 2.0 immigration order

         Immigration offenses make up a growing share of federal arrests

Monday, April 10, 2017

         President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Lee Francis Cissna to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

         USC Law Student, Faculty, and Staff Immigrant Legal Advice Project

         Professor Eleanor Brown Moves to Penn State Law

 

NYIC IMMIGRATION NEWS UPDATE

 

Immigration Fast Five 4.13.17

 

Detained Immigrants May Face Harsher Conditions Under Trump NY Times 04.13.17

The Trump administration is attempting to lessen requirements of local jails that house both undocumented immigrant detainees and criminal inmates, which, throughout the past three administrations, have categorized ICE detainees as non-criminal and therefore provided them with different services.

 

How much it costs ICE to deport an undocumented immigrant CNN 04.13.17

Every deportation that ICE conducted in 2016 cost an average of over $10,000 of taxpayer money, half of which came from detention, and half of which was made up of apprehension, investigation, legal proccesing, and transportation.

 

DHS hires incense immigration supporters The Hill 04.12.17

Two former members of far-right organizations that have been classified as anti-immigration hate groups have been hired by the Department of Homeland Security as high-level advisors to the director of ICE and the Commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol.

 

ACLU Files 13 Lawsuits For Records Related to Trump’s Travel Ban NPR 04.12.17

In order to understand and prove the mistreatment and detention of travellers at U.S. aiports in recent months, the ACLU is asking 13 differnet local Customs and Border Patrol offices for any and all records pertaining to their enforcement of Trump’s executive orders concerning travel and refugees.

 

Hawaii asks 9th Circuit Court for an 11-judge panel to review Trump’s travel ban LA Times 04.12.17

Regaring its lawsuit against Trump’s “travel ban 2.0” executive order, Hawaii is requesting that its May 15 hearing with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals be held in front of an 11-judge “en banc” panel, as it is being allowed for the 4th Circuit Court hearing on May 8, also regarding the travel ban.

 

AILA NEWS UPDATE

 

Daily Immigration News Clips – April 14, 2017

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on April 14, 2017

National

CNN: How much it costs ICE to deport an undocumented immigrant
By Octavio Blanco

Associated Press: Detained Afghan family gets permanent US resident status

Associated Press: Border plan overlooks driver of illegal immigration: visas
By Adriana Gomez Licon

Rewire: More Immigration Extremists Enter Trump Administration
By Auditi Guha

Wall Street Journal: In Rush for New Agents, Border Patrol Weighs Changing Polygraph Program
By Dan Frosch and Laura Meckler

CNN: DHS moving to up detention, deportation capacity, memo says
By Tal Kopan

Politico: TRUMP MOVES TO BUILD DEPORTATION FORCE
By Marianne Levine

AOL News: Internal Trump administration documents signal plans for robust US deportation force
By Christina Greg

Teen Vogue: Trump's Administration Is Aiming to Build the Deportation Force He Promised
By De Elizabeth

The Hill: 'Kids Caravan' protests Trump immigration policies at the White House
By Aida Chavez

Rewire: 'Donald Trump, We Can't Be Living Like This': Youth Rally for Immigrants' Rights
By Tina Vasquez

Firstpost: White House: Over 200 children stage protest against Donald Trump's immigration policies

Associated Press: AGENTS HOLDING OHIO MOM OF 4, WILL DEPORT HER TO MEXICO

MSNBC: ICE targets mother with no criminal record for deportation

Associated Press: Judge to hear arguments against Trump sanctuary city order
By Sudhin Thanawala

Associated Press: Michigan Capital Rescinds Calling Itself 'Sanctuary City'



Reuters: California Judge to Hear Arguments on Sanctuary City Order
By Robin Respaut

Reuters: Separate Mothers and Children: How a Trump Threat Deterred Illegal Migrants
By Julia Edwards Ainsley

Wall Street Journal: Q&A with Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello
By Dan Frosch

Associated Press: Ex-sheriff wants Sessions to be witness at contempt trial
By Jacques Billeaud

Associated Press: Transgender woman pleads guilty to immigration charge

New York Times: Focused on Trump's Successes, Many Supporters Are Unfazed by His Reversals
By Jeremy W. Peters

Politico: George W. Bush makes case for foreign aid and immigration reform
By Madeline Conway

TIME: The Koch Brothers Are Helping More Immigrants Get Help
By Philip Elliot

CNN: Jeff Sessions says he admires Bannon and has received no pushback from Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner
By Andrew Kaczynski

The Guardian: Trump travel crackdown turns 'wedding celebration into a family separation'
By Ed Pilkington

The Hill: Stealth caucus gains ground in Trump White House
By Jonathan Easley

Arizona Republic: Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify as witness at contempt trial
By Megan Cassidy

New York Times (Editorial): Jeff Sessions, Unleashed at the Border

Wall Street Journal (Editorial): The Kushner-Cohn Ascendancy

Washington Post (Opinion): What's really behind Donald Trump's flip-flops
By Paul Waldman

Washington Post (Opinion): We don't know where Trump stands. Neither does he.
By Eugene Robinson

Washington Post (Opinion): My new op ed on how immigration restrictions harm native-born Americans
By Ilya Somin

Vanity Fair (Opinion): THE NEW, MORE MODERATE TRUMP IS STILL PLANNING TO DEPORT MILLIONS
By Abigail Tracy

The Hill (Op-Ed): Economics of immigration are at odds with politics
By Benjamin Powell

Time (Op-Ed): What Americans Will Lose When They Push Immigrants Away: Doctors
By Akash Goel

Local


KUNC: In Colorado Farm Country, Immigrants Take Steps Toward Citizenship
By Luke Runyon

ABC 7 (Colorado): Undocumented Aurora mother of 4 detained for deportation by ICE after years of compliance: lawyer
By Blain Miller

Miami Herald: What activists missed in their fight to legalize undocumented immigrants
By Alfonso Chardy

Associated Press (New York): Immigration activists stage protest inside Trump Tower



WAMU (Virginia): Local Brownie Troop Donates Cookie Money To Refugees
By Patrick Fort

Associated Press (Texas): Texas getting first immigrant center built under Trump
By Meredith Hoffman

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania): Pennsylvania Democrats facing pressure to oppose state immigration bills
By Tracie Mauriello

ABC 7 (Colorado): Children of Denver-area undocumented women living in sanctuary head to Washington
By Blair Miller and Jason Gruenauer

 

Daily Immigration News Clips – April 13, 2017



Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on April 13, 2017

National

New York TimesDetained Immigrants May Face Harsher Conditions Under Trump
By Caitlin Dickerson

Inside Higher EdThe Evolving Visa and Border Regime
By Elizabeth Redden

Buzzfeed: Few Complaints Of Sexual Abuse Inside Immigrant Detention Centers Are Investigated, Report Finds
By Adolfo Flores

Mother Jones: Jeff Sessions Announces a New Crackdown on Immigrants and "Filth"
By Bryan Schatz

Washington Times: Trump's Justice Department to end 'catch and release' immigration policy
By Andrea Noble

New York Times: To Detain More Immigrants, Trump Administration to Speed Border Hiring
By Vivian Yee and Ron Nixon

Washington Post: Trump administration moving quickly to build up nationwide deportation force
By David Nakamura

Washington Post: Planning for Trump's deportation force

Huffington Post: ICE May Deport More People With U.S. Ties If Border Crossings Keep Dropping
By Roque Planas

Associated Press: 1,470 economists send Trump a letter to support immigrants
By Josh Boak

CNN: 1,500 economists to Trump: Immigrants are good for the U.S. economy
By Octavio Blanco

Associated Press: Tough Texas 'sanctuary cities' bill moves closer to approval
By Will Weissert and Meredith Hoffman

Washington Post: Last week Lansing, Mich., proudly became a 'sanctuary city.' This week it changed its mind.
By Fred Barbash

Washington Post: Michigan capital reconsiders the word 'sanctuary'
By Jeff Karoub and David Eggert

Reuters: Civil Liberties Groups Sue U.S., Seek Details on Travel Ban
By Scott Malone

Associated Press: US Sikhs launch ad campaign that seeks to push back on hate
By Steve Peoples

Associated Press: Trump doesn't hit Mexico hard but stirs up old resentments
By Mark Stevenson

Associated Press: Lawmakers try to keep town halls from getting out of control
By Nicholas Riccardi

Washington Post: Cuban migration at sea has plummeted since Obama ended 'wet-foot, dry-foot' policy, top Coast Guard officer says
By Dan Lamothe

Washington Post: Inside Bannon's struggle: From 'shadow president' to Trump's marked man
By Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and Robert Costa

Washington Post: Latino political group turning attention from Washington to state capitals
By Ed O'Keefe

Politico: CEOs steering Trump away from Bannon's hardcore policies
By John Dawsey and Ben White

Daily Beast: Prosecutor: Jeff Sessions's New Immigration Plan Is 'F*cking Horrifying'
By Betsy Woodruff

The Hill: DHS hires incense immigration supporters
By Rafael Bernal

Southwest Farm Press: Immigration issues threaten agriculture's profitability
By Logan Hawkes

Washington Post (Editorial): It's time to clean up the visa mill for skilled guest workers

La Opinión (Editorial): Editorial: ICE "La Migra" Embarrasses Itself

Washington Post (Opinion): Donald Trump wants everything about America to be strong. He just announced one big exception.
By Max Ehrenfreund

USA Today (Op-Ed): My first deportation lesson was about skin color
By Jorge Reina Schement

NY Magazine (Opinion): Donald Trump's Race War
By Jonathan Chait

The Hill (Op-Ed): Trump can't win on immigration if he scraps climate change funds - here's why
By Filiz Garip and Amanda Rodewald

Stat (Opinion): Harsh immigration rhetoric and policies are a threat to our nation's health
By Colin Buzza

Local

Tulsa World (Oklahoma): Immigration attorneys: Many local immigrants living in fear
By Adam Daigle

LA Times (California): Police departments say they don't enforce immigration laws. But their manuals say something different
By James Queally

Associated Press: Mexican mom with 4 US-born kids is held in federal detention



WCPO: Fairfield mother will be deported next Wednesday, according to Mexican Consulate
By Jay Warren

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio): ACLU sues for records on President Donald Trump's travel ban
By Eric Heisig

Associated Press (Kansas): Kansas secretary of state prosecutes non-citizen for voting
By Roxana Hegeman



Chicago Tribune (Illinois): Army veteran pleads for pardon from govenor to halt deportation
By Manya Brachear Pashman

MassLive (Massachusetts): Hadley farmer says President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown having chilling effect on Western Mass. farms
By Diane Lederman

Asbury Park Press (New Jersey): 'What are my kids going to do?' Long Branch father faces deportation
By Steph Solis

Houston Observer (Texas): ACLU Urges Texas Sheriffs to Stay out of Costly Immigration Enforcement
By Gus Bova

 




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