Immigration Law

985 ABA Journal Immigration Law articles.

Federal judge orders return of deportation flight carrying 2 plaintiffs in asylum-policy challenge
A federal judge on Thursday threatened to begin contempt proceedings against Attorney General Jeff Sessions if the government did not turn around a plane carrying two deported plaintiffs to El Salvador in a lawsuit challenging new asylum policies.
Union for immigration judges files grievance over removal of cases from Philly judge
The union that represents federal immigration judges has filed a grievance over the removal of dozens of cases from an immigration judge in Philadelphia who had delayed the deportation of a Guatemalan man.
With political will, global community could solve refugee problem, says former UN official
There are more displaced people internationally now than at any point since World War II, says Alex Aleinikoff, a former Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at the United Nations. But the problem is manageable, he says—if there's the political will to deal with the problem.
ABA resolution urges federal government to immediately cease separating immigrant families

The ABA House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on Congress and the executive branch to end the separation of immigrant families and protect their legal claims.

ABA House overwhelmingly adopts new standards for care of unaccompanied immigrant minors
The ABA’s House of Delegates agreed Tuesday to adopt standards for how the federal government should treat unaccompanied immigrant minors.
Judge rules Trump administration must restore DACA

Updated: A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled the government must restore the program protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as minors.

U.S. District Judge John Bates rejected…

Zero-tolerance immigration policy created ‘manufactured crisis’ that lawyers are needed to address
Attorneys who've spent their careers concentrating on immigration law and child welfare have been scrambling for months to deal with the fallout of what they call a “manufactured crisis” initiated by the government without adequate preparation or notice to key stakeholders.
9th Circuit rejects government’s argument that Trump’s sanctuary cities order was mere bluster

A federal appeals court has ruled that President Donald Trump’s order to withhold federal grants from sanctuary cities and jurisdictions violates separation of powers principles that gave spending power to…

ABA works to meet immigrants’ increased need for legal assistance and oppose family separation
It’s not just the crying that concerned ABA President Hilarie Bass when she met with mothers detained at South Texas’ Port Isabel Detention Center. But there was crying.
Travel ban waivers are wrongfully denied, class action lawsuit alleges
Dissenting from Trump v. Hawaii, the “travel ban” case, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that there’s reason to believe that the visa waiver program, granting exceptions to the ban in specific situations, “is nothing more than a sham.”
Judge allows lawsuit claim that US added citizenship question to census for discriminatory reasons

A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Thursday that the Constitution’s enumeration clause gives the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross the authority to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but…

Government reunites many but not all immigrant families by deadline
Updated: At the arrival of the July 26 deadline for reuniting immigrant families forcibly separated by the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, the federal government says it has reunited all of the families in which it believes parents are eligible to retake custody of their children—but the American Civil Liberties Union is raising questions about how eligibility is defined.
New video from ABA president calls for lawyers to help separated immigrant families
ABA President Hilarie Bass has posted a short video asking America’s lawyers to help reunite immigrant families at the border.
Federal policy changes make it easier to deny visas and remove legal immigrants
Two recent policy changes at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will limit immigrants’ ability to come to or stay in the United States legally.
Army reverses discharge of immigrant soldier at center of media coverage
The U.S. Army has reversed its discharge of a Brazilian-born recruit after his ouster garnered widespread media coverage.

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