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Sep 21, 2021

DHS and DOJ Publish Proposed Rule Allowing Asylum Officers to Fully Adjudicate Cases Previously Assigned to Immigration Judges

On August 18, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), keeping in line with their goal of a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system, published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), amending the processing of protection claims. » Read More

Sep 07, 2021

Biden Administration Sues Texas for Issuing New Directive Immigration Policy

The Biden Administration has sued Texas over its new directive that allows state troopers to stop and turn back vehicles carrying immigrants, fearing a surge in COVID-19 spread. This drew swift backlash from the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), noting that Texas is hindering federal immigration policies. » Read More

Aug 20, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Prison No Longer Detaining Immigrants; Federal Felony for Unlawful Reentry to U.S. Found Unconstitutional; Biden Policy Limiting Detention Struck Down

Essex County Prison No Longer Housing Immigrant Detainees

Essex County Prison in Newark, New Jersey, has officially ended its detention of individuals for federal immigration violations. The County Chief Executive, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, stated that as of Tuesday this week, the prison – located in the third-largest county in the state – no longer had any immigration detainees. » Read More

Jul 29, 2021

DOJ Settles Retaliation Claim with a Delivery Services Company

On July 15, the Department of Justice announced that it reached a retaliation claim settlement with Around the Clock Dispatch Inc., a freight and delivery services company in Queens Village, New York.

An employee of Around the Clock had filed a charge with the Justice Department’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) to ask for help addressing a concern about the company’s process for an immigration-related employment practice in verifying his work authorization. » Read More

Jul 23, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New DACA Applications Halted, With Biden Promising Appeal; Protesters Block Newark ICE Office, Objecting to Continued Deportation

New DACA Ruling Suspends New Applications for Dreamers; Biden Vows to Appeal Decision

In a lengthy opinion, United States District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs federal rulemaking. » Read More

Jul 06, 2021

Department of Justice Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim with Texas-Based Industrial Contractor

On June 15, 2021, the Department of Justice announced that it had reached a settlement with Tecon Services Inc. (Tecon), an industrial fireproofing, painting, and insulation contractor from Texas. A naturalized U.S. citizen of Venezuelan origin raised an immigration-related discrimination complaint with the Civil Rights Division, claiming Tecon refused to accept her U.S. » Read More

Jun 24, 2021

Immigration Court System Staggers Amidst Looming Backlog of Asylum Cases

The Immigration Court System is heavily backlogged with 1.3 million asylum cases. With the historic increase in the influx of immigrants entering the United States, immigration judges fear the system will experience a further slowdown.

Customs and Border Protection reported that agents encountered more than 180,000 migrants at the southern border in May alone, the largest number in the last two decades. » Read More

Mar 18, 2021

ICE Investigators Use Private Database Covering Millions of Individuals to Pursue Immigration Violations

According to Georgetown Law researchers, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have bought private data containing millions of individuals’ phone, water, electricity, and other utility records. ICE will use these records to pursue immigration violations. ICE’s use of this private data shows how government agencies exploit commercial data to gain access to information that they are not to compile themselves. » Read More

Feb 11, 2021

James McHenry, Trump Appointed Head of Immigration Courts, Replaced by Jean King

James McHenry, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), who took office during the Trump administration, has stepped down from his role effective January 31, 2021. This move comes as the Biden administration replaces top government officials. The EOIR, a sub-agency of the United States Department of Justice, primarily conducts removal proceedings of noncitizens and adjudicates appeals arising from such removal proceedings. » Read More

Jul 19, 2018

New Jersey Denied Millions in Federal Grants over “Sanctuary State” Immigration Policies, State Sues Trump Administration

On Wednesday, July 18, New Jersey sued the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over the Trump administration’s policy that attaches immigration enforcement conditions to federal public safety grants.  These conditions have already cost New Jersey taxpayers over $4 million in federal public safety grants, given several New Jersey “sanctuary state” policies. » Read More