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  1. ICE Arrests at Courthouses are Creating More Fear Under Trump as America Comes Closer to Police State. Are Hospital Arrests Next? Roger Algase

    A vox.com news report from April shows that arrests of immigrants without proof of legal status in the US at courthouses throughout the United States are becoming more noticeable and creating more fear under the Trump administration, though this practice was hardly unknown under President Obama.

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-polit...ourthouses-ice

    Vox reports:

    "Police departments are reporting problems with getting victims and witnesses of crime to come in and testify, and noticing that fewer Latina women are seeking restraining orders from domestic abusers."

    Access to justice without fear of being arrested is one of the most essential features of a free society. The moment that anyone in America is put in fear of arrest, imprisonment or deportation for going to court to protect himself or herself, or to assert one's legal rights, we can no longer call ourselves democratic country, but we have moved one big step closer to a police state.

    Admittedly, I do not know the full extent to which this trend toward authoritarian rule and extinguishing the basic human right of access to justice may have increased under Trump or continued in the past four months since this report appeared.

    However, the latest news reports indicate that ICE arrests are still taking place inside courthouses, if not necessarily inside courtrooms themselves (at least in New York).

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.3288566

    In such a case, there is one further question which immediately comes up:

    Will ICE arrests at hospitals, churches and other places of medical treatment or religious worship be next?
    _________________________________
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

    Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 08-14-2017 at 06:31 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Child Held at Berks Immigration Center Freed

    by , 08-07-2017 at 03:51 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Amnesty International USA: Child Held at Berks Immigration Center Freed
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 7, 2017
    CONTACT: media@aiusa.org

    In an extraordinary move, three-year old Josué was freed from Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania today after being granted release by an immigration judge. He and his 28-year-old mother Teresa fled kidnapping threats and physical and sexual assault in Honduras before arriving in the US seeking asylum. They have been imprisoned at Berks for over 16 months. Josué has spent over half his life in detention, learning to walk and talk in confinement.

    Amnesty International USA launched a campaign in June to end the detention of children and their parents held at family detention facilities like Berks County Residential Center. Currently, there are dozens of children and parents jailed at Berks, one of three such family detention centers, which are akin to jails, in the United States. At least 3 other families at Berks have been held for more than 600 days.

    “Today’s decision is welcome but temporary relief for Josué and his mother. We will continue to fight to ensure that people with asylum claims are given a fair hearing and humane treatment,” said Eric Ferrero, deputy executive director of Amnesty International USA. “The families held at Berks fled horrific violence in their home countries, only to be put behind bars in the United States. This senseless imprisonment goes against our country’s shared values of equality and dignity. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should release the remaining families and the Department of Homeland Security must shut down family detention centers like Berks once and for all.”

    Many of the families held at Berks come from a region known as the Northern Triangle of Central America, which includes El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The Northern Triangle is an area widely recognized for its extreme levels of violence and insecurity, which Amnesty has documented extensively.

    This statement can be found online at https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-rel...-center-freed/

    Follow Amnesty International USA and Amnesty International USA Media on Twitter.

    Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied
  3. Letters of the Week: August 7 - August 13

  4. Democrats peddling 'false hope' act to immigrants. By Nolan Rappaport

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    Late last month, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), introduced the American Hope Act, H.R. 3591, with 116 co-sponsors, all Democrats.



    The bill would provide conditional permanent resident status for undocumented aliens who were brought to the U.S. before their 18th birthday, which would permit them to live and work here legally for three years and put them on a path to Legal Permanent Resident status and citizenship.

    Such bills are referred to as “DREAM Acts,” an acronym for “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.”

    It might be more accurate, however, to call this bill “The False Hope Act.”


    Bills to provide lawful status for undocumented aliens who were brought here as children have been pending in Congress since 2001, and we are yet to see one enacted legislatively, rather than by executive action. And this one was introduced by Democrats in a Republican-controlled Congress. Moreover, it is out of step with President Donald Trump’s policies on legal immigration.
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    What about DACA?


    Read more at http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blo...-to-immigrants


    First published on The Hill


    About the author.

    Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.

    Updated 08-07-2017 at 01:39 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. Another Indication of Trump's Muslim Entry Ban's Effect on America: Minnesota Mosque is Attacked; FBI Reportedly Investigating. Roger Algase

    Yet another US mosque or Islamic center has reportedly been attacked, in the latest indication of the effect that Donald Trump's Muslim entry ban is having on America.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...igating-241362

    In an August 6 update to the above story, The Guardian reports that the mosque serves the Somali community and that Minnesota has the largest such community in the US.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...sque-explosion

    The Guardian report also points out:

    "Saturday's bombing comes amid a rise in reports of anti-Muslim incidents in the US, including arson attacks and vandalism at mosques, harassment of women wearing head coverings and bullying of schoolchildren. Recently in Minnesota, an Islamic cemetery in Castle Rock Township reported it had been vandalized with spray pained profanities ans swastikas."

    It will also be remembered that on November 6, 2016, only two days before the election, Trump made a speech in Minnesota in which he accused Somali immigrants of supporting terrorism and attacked them as a "disaster" for Minnesota.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...-migrants-isis

    Somalia is also on the list of six almost 100 per cent Muslim countries whose citizens are banned from entering the US purely because of their nationality according to Trump's executive order which is now before the US Supreme Court.

    Is this attack one more example of the law of cause and effect, and of the fact that words have consequences?
    __________________________________
    Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards for more than 35 years.

    Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 08-06-2017 at 11:34 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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