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Jul 20, 2021

York County Prison in Pennsylvania Stops All Immigrant Detention

After nearly three decades, the York County Prison will no longer detain immigrants who face deportation proceedings. This move was applauded by many immigrant advocates, who have strongly felt that detainees can face removal proceedings without being detained. The decision to close the detention center was caused by a budgetary issue. » 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

Jun 22, 2021

Biden Administration Gives More Discretion to Prosecutors to Pursue or Drop Immigration Cases

On May 27, U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) issued a memo that elaborated on the power of prosecutors to dismiss cases of immigrants with certain special concerns or situations. Unlike the previous government, the Biden administration has given the prosecutors the liberty to pursue or drop cases. » Read More

Mar 19, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-up: Sharp Increase in Border Crossings; New Immigration Court Rules Blocked; New Jersey County Sues State Over Enforcement Policy

Border Crossings on Pace to Reach Highest Level in Twenty Years

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced on Tuesday, March 16, that the number of border crossings at the southern border of the United States is expected to reach its highest level in the past twenty years, raising concerns about safety as both the Biden administration and Congress debate more long-term changes to U.S. » Read More

Mar 11, 2021

Perry County Reverses Immigration Policies, Rejects “Sanctuary” Label

Pennsylvania’s Perry County Prison, in a county that has consistently extended its support to immigration officials, has ended a five-year policy meant to protect citizens from being unconstitutionally detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In part, the reason county officials ended the policy was that they did not relate to the “sanctuary county” designation. » Read More

Feb 18, 2021

Executive Office for Immigration Review Update: Motion to Reconsider Denied

The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has published a precedential decision in A.S. v. Amazon WebServices Inc., 14 OCAHO no. 1381b (2021). On February 11, 2021, the Hon. Andrea R. » Read More

Feb 12, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Children Deported to Haiti; Central American Asylum Agreement Suspended; Witnesses Fearing Retribution Now Eligible for Asylum

Several Immigrant, Including Children, Deported to Haiti

Despite the Biden administration’s announcement of a policy that would focus its deportation efforts on terrorists, violent criminals, and other high-priority cases, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) recently deported many immigrants, including several children and infants, to Haiti. » Read More

Jan 22, 2021

Weekly Round-Up: Biden’s Proposes Immigration Reform; Judge Blocks New Immigration Court Fees; Supreme Court Considers Indefinite Detention of Certain Noncitizens

Biden’s Sweeping New Immigration Proposals

President Joe Biden, sworn into office on Wednesday, will present Congress with a sweeping immigration reform bill. This bill represents a reversal of many of the previous administration’s immigration policies.

The most prominent feature of the bill is an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States without legal status. » Read More

Mar 15, 2019

Breaking: Real Housewives of New Jersey Husband is Moving to Immigration Detention Facility

ABC-7 New York reported yesterday that Joe Giudice—husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice—has been released from federal prison and is on his way to a federal immigration detention facility, where he will await the decision of an appeal of an Immigration Court order deporting Giudice to his native Italy. » Read More

Jan 22, 2019

Ray Lahoud Featured on the PBS39 News Report

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, was featured on the PBS39 News ReportDomestic Abuse Survivors Face Uncertain Future as Government Shutdown Drags On,” which aired on January 17. » Read More