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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

Aug 17, 2021

Texans, Especially Farm Groups, Call on Biden to Secure Borders and Strictly Enforce U.S. Immigration Laws

Since the Biden administration came into office, Texas has faced an influx of illegal immigrants followed by a wave of crimes. Many states and national agricultural organizations have written to the Biden administration requesting immediate action to enforce immigration laws.

The Texas Department of Agriculture, 50 other states, and national organizations wrote to the Secretaries of the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, and Interior as follows: “The current situation should not be accepted by you or any American,” they wrote. » Read More

Jun 25, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ State Assembly Votes to Ban ICE Detention; Immigration Benefits No Longer Denied for Minor Application Errors; Children Face Harsh Conditions in Immigration Detention

Banning New Prison Contracts with ICE

After being stalled for months, a bill that prohibits entering new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts at private detention centers or renewing existing ICE prison contracts is now advancing through the New Jersey State Legislature. » Read More

Jun 13, 2017

Texas Judge Suspended When State Discovered She is a Non-Citizen.

The State of Texas recently suspended a municipal court judge, when the state learned that she was not a U.S. Citizen—a requirement for appointment, holding most public offices, and voting. Municipal Court Judge Young Min Burkett, a lawful permanent resident since 2007, was first appointed to the bench in 2015. » Read More