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  1. All-girl Afghan robotics team allowed to travel to US after visa ruling overturned

    by , 07-13-2017 at 05:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I would not be surprised if the girls apply for asylum shortly after admission.

    Via The Guardian:

    Six Afghan teenage girls are to compete in person in a global robotics competition in Washington on Sunday after the US reversed a decision not to grant them visas.

    The initial rejection of the team’s visa sparked international outcry and the girls became national celebrities in Afghanistan, where many are perplexed about the repercussions of new US immigration rules and feel abandoned by their American allies.

    A US state department official confirmed to the Guardian that there were new developments under way in the girls’ case. The team said they had been asked to show up at the embassy in Kabul on Thursday.


    Click here for the rest of the story.
  2. Border Patrol: Iranian Doctor Detained for Reasons Unrelated to Travel Ban

    by , 07-12-2017 at 05:30 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via FOX News:

    The Iranian cancer researcher who was detained at Boston's Logan International Airport along with his family and sent back to his home country on Tuesday was not a result of President Trump's travel ban, a spokeswoman from U.S. Customs and Border Partol said.

    Stephanie Malin, the spokeswoman, said Moshen Dehnavi and his family were detained for “reasons unrelated” to Trump’s executive order. She said the stop was based on information discovered during the agency’s review. She did not elaborate.


    Click here for the rest of the story.
  3. Federal Judge: Jailing Refugee Children is Fundamentally Wrong on So Many Levels

    by , 07-11-2017 at 08:21 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Judge Dean D. Pregerson stated the obvious: jailing refugee children is “fundamentally wrong on so many levels.” I will update you as soon as a decision is rendered.

    Via Latino Rebels:

    Monday morning in a Los Angeles federal courtroom, Judge Dean D. Pregerson became the first judge of any kind (federal, immigration or state) to give a hearing to four Central American children (ages 3, 4, 8 and 16) who have been detained at Berks Family Prison for the past two years. The children all have approved Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions, which means that the federal government has affirmed that they are vulnerable children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and they qualify for “green cards” on that basis. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has taken the position that, essentially, the children can be detained and deported up until the moment that they have their green cards in hand. Attorneys for the children argued that this violates a consent decree entered into by the government.

    Click here for the rest of the article courtesy of immigration lawyer Amy Maldonado.
  4. US Citizen Sues after Being Detained by ICE

    by , 07-07-2017 at 07:47 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    A U.S. citizen is arguing that his detention pursuant to an ICE immigration detainer violated his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizure, violated his substantive due process right under the Fourteenth Amendment to be free from false imprisonment, and constituted unlawful imprisonment under Florida law. He has requested compensatory damages, attorney's fees, and any other equitable relief the Court deems just and proper.

    From the Complaint for Damages:

    Miami-Dade County unlawfully arrested and detained Plaintiff Garland Creedle solely for civil immigration purposes, even though Mr. Creedle is a U.S. citizen who cannot be deported. The County voluntarily detained Mr. Creedle at the request of federal immigration authorities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The detention occurred pursuant to a directive from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez that requires the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) to deny release for 48 hours or more to any person who is the subject of a check-the-box immigration detainer request.

    Click here to read the full complaint.
  5. Despite Hiring, Immigration Court Backlog and Wait Times Climb

    by , 07-06-2017 at 08:18 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

    As of the end of April 2017, the number of cases waiting for a decision had reached an all-time high of 585,930. See Figure 1. On average individuals have currently been waiting 670 days, and may have to wait much longer before their cases will be heard. Nine courts that currently account for a quarter of this backlog require some individuals to wait for more than four additional years from now before a hearing is scheduled. The Immigration Court in San Francisco with nearly 42,000 backlogged cases has some individuals waiting for more than five additional years—as much as 1,908 days longer—for their July 21, 2022 hearing date.



    During the past 18 months, the court has been adding new judges. In contrast to 2013 and 2014 when few judges were added to court ranks, a total of 79 new immigration judges have been sworn in since November of 2015. See Figure 2. Funding for a modest additional 10 judges also has just been approved by Congress.



    But there is little evidence that this increase in hiring is sufficient to handle the incoming caseload, let alone make a dent in the court 's mountainous backlog. Before this hiring spurt began, the backlog at the end of August 2015 stood at 456,644 cases. Then the average number of days individuals had been waiting was already at 635 days, with hearings for some scheduled as far as 1,766 additional days in the future. See earlier TRAC report.

    Today the situation is significantly worse. As noted above, by the end of April 2017 the backlog had increased by 28.3 percent to 585,930. Individuals with pending cases already have waited an average of 670 days, up from 635 days. And for some their hearings are now scheduled as many as 1,908 days into the future, up from 1,766 days before this hiring spurt began
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    Click here to read the full report.
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