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  1. Obama Admin to Isolate Transgender Immigrants in Remote Rural For-Profit Prison

    by , 05-23-2016 at 08:31 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    The Prairieland Detention Center, a 700 bed facility, will be run by the for-profit private prison company Emerald Correctional Management, and is set to be open for operation this November in Alvarado, Texas. I wonder if Emerald Correctional has donated to the Clinton campaign?

    Via Fusion.net:

    The new detention center in Alvarado is located in a relatively small town of 4,000 residents about 40 miles southeast of Dallas. State officials say the estimated $42 million detention center project will generate more than 100 new jobs in Johnson County, according to the local paper Cleburne Times-Review.

    Lawyers and advocates for transgender women say they’re concerned immigration attorneys may hesitate to take cases with clients in such a rural area.

    “It’s trickier and more complicated for lawyers and advocates to gain access and get notices of folks being released,” said Noyola, of the Transgender Law Center.

    Click here for the rest of the story.

    Updated 06-06-2016 at 03:26 PM by MKolken

  2. Huge Increase in Deaths per 10,000 Border Crossers

    by , 05-23-2016 at 08:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via The Arizona Daily Star:

    So far this fiscal year, which started in October, more than 50 bodies have been found. And the deadliest months for migrants are coming.

    In fiscal year 2015, there were 21 deaths per 10,000 apprehensions in the Tucson Sector. That year alone, remains of 135 migrants were found in the desert, while the Border Patrol reported a little more than 63,000 arrests.

    That’s more than double the rate in 2010, the deadliest year on record. Until 2007, the death rate for border crossers never exceeded 4 per 10,000 apprehensions.

    Click here for the original source of the story.

    Updated 05-23-2016 at 09:21 AM by MKolken

  3. Federal Judge Orders Sanctions to Justice Department Lawyers for Lying

    by , 05-20-2016 at 07:29 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    From the New York Times:

    A federal judge in Texas on Thursday excoriated the Justice Department, demanding ethics classes for the department’s lawyers and ordering other sanctions for those who argued the case involving President Obama’s immigration executive actions.

    He also ordered the government to produce a list of about 100,000 immigrants who entered illegally and who are participating in a government program that protects them from deportation.

    In a blistering order, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville accused the Justice Department lawyers of lying to him during arguments in the case, and he barred them from appearing in his courtroom.

    He also demanded that Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch provide a “comprehensive plan” within 60 days describing how she will prevent unethical conduct in the future, as well as making sure the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility effectively prevents misconduct among its lawyers.

    He also said that any Justice Department lawyer who wants to appear in a state or federal court in any of the 26 states who filed suit to block Mr. Obama’s executive actions should be required to take an annual three-hour ethics course for the next five years.


    The Justice Department has until June 10, 2016, to comply with the Court's order.

    Click here to read the rest of the article.
  4. Press Conference to Discuss 13 Muslims Lawsuit Against USCIS

    by , 05-19-2016 at 09:52 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    MEDIA ADVISORY

    Law Firm, CAIR-Missouri to Announce Filing of Lawsuit Against USCIS for Delays in Muslims’ Citizenship

    (ST. LOUIS, MO., 5/18/2016) – On Thursday, May 19, the Hacking Law Practice and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO) will hold a press conference announce the filing of a lawsuit against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of 13 area Muslims who have been waiting for years to become U.S. citizens

    WHAT: Press Conference to Discuss Lawsuit Against USCIS
    WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm. - 12:45 pm.
    WHERE: U.S. Federal Courthouse, 111 S. 10th St., St. Louis, MO 63102

    "This lawsuit challenges the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP), a secret government program that holds Muslim immigration applicants to a higher legal standard," said Jim Hacking, lead attorney on the case. "While many are troubled by the spread of anti-Muslim rhetoric during this election cycle, including discussions regarding whether to ban Muslims from immigrating to America, this lawsuit challenges the current discriminatory practices of USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security.”

    “What’s truly disturbing about CARRP is that there is no way to challenge inclusion in the program, it was not authorized by Congress and there is no deadline to resolve these cases,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri. “Muslims living in America who are qualified to become citizens have to wait for years because of this discriminatory program."

    The plaintiffs are lawful permanent residents who come from all over the world - Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Bosnia, Nigeria, Albania and Palestine. The group includes business owners, students, teachers, and religious leaders.

    The lawsuit was filed by the Hacking Law Practice, LLC, an immigration litigation law firm located in Webster Groves, in cooperation with CAIR-MO.

    READ THE ENTIRE LAWSUIT:

    CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

    - END –

    CONTACT: Immigration Attorney Jim Hacking, (314) 602-3794, jim@hackinglawpractice.com; CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, fsyed@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com
  5. Obama Admin Sued for Discriminating Against Muslim Immigrants

    by , 05-19-2016 at 09:01 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Remember, it is only racist and xenophobic if a Republican administration does it.

    Via BuzzFeed News:

    "The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully delays the citizenship applications of Muslim immigrants due to a secretive immigration program, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis.

    The lawsuit — filed by the Hacking Law Practice on behalf of 13 Muslim immigrants in the Eastern District of Missouri — alleges that the “USCIS has applied different rules under a policy known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP), which has resulted in the agency refusing to adjudicate Plaintiffs’ applications.”

    CARRP, which first began in 2008, is designed to identify security risks among immigrants who apply for visas, asylum, green cards, and naturalization in the U.S."

    The suit argues that CARRP violates the INA and its implementing regulations; Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 of the United States Constitution; the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution; and the APA; and the Obama administration violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) by adopting CARRP without promulgating a rule and following the process for notice and comment by the public (as they did in the DACA/DAPA lawsuit).

    Click here
    to read the lawsuit.

    Updated 05-19-2016 at 09:39 AM by MKolken

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