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Immigration Detention Archives

Trump threatens to dump migrants in sanctuary cities

The current administration’s disregard for the law and protocols is well established at this point. The latest example is the president’s recent threat to “dump” detainees in California’s sanctuary cities and counties. According to the Los Angeles Times, the President has recently tweeted and spoken publicly about this, even though this would be illegal.

Kirstjen Nielsen leaving as immigration numbers surge

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving her cabinet post this week. As the primary face of President Trump’s policy regarding immigration issues, Nielsen was responsible for what has happened at the southern border since her appointment in December of 2017. Such low lights include the separation of migrant children from their family.

Migration numbers way up

There are a variety of trends involving immigration, but one that stands out is the surge in numbers in four of the last five months. According to the New York Times, the Southwest border is at a breaking point as 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, which generally has lower numbers because of the weather. This 2019 number was more than double of February 2018 and the largest February since 2007. This has led Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol, to declare in a recent statement that, “The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point.”

New suits and changes involving detained children

The detention of asylum seekers and immigrants at the Mexico border has been a nightmare. It is only worsened by the fact that children are separated from parents or legal guardians, stuck in shelters, and treated poorly. In light of this systemic abuse of the innocent, there are several lawsuit alleging that this approach is used as a punish kids and deport families.

Permanent residents are entitled to due process

A federal judge ordered the release of a permanent resident after 18 months of detention. He has been cleared of all charges. The 34-year-old man was accused of lying about once being part of an elite squad of the Iraqi military under Saddam Hussein as well as his online presence where he posed with guns and other images of ISIS military caravans. 

Trump administration proposes change to Flores settlement

The Trump administration proposed this week to lift the court-imposed limits regarding how children are handled in immigration detention centers. This would significant alter the Flores settlement, an agreement written in 1997 and modified in 2015, that limits the time immigrant children are detained and under what conditions they are held.

Father tells politicians to stop exploiting death of his daughter

The death of Molly Tibbets at the hands of an immigrant farmhand is a tragedy. Putting closure to a disappearance in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa, had lasted much of the summer, the man who admitted to killing her led police to the location in the cornfield where he left the body. 

Ankle-bracelet company faces scrutiny in court

The ankle-bracelet company Libre by Nexus Inc. bails undocumented immigrants out of detention so they can become customers in need of ankle-bracelets. Typically, this arrangement can be made for immigrants who do not pose a safety threat to the general public, nor is there a flight risk before their immigration hearing.

Woman denied entry despite valid tourist visa

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently denied entry of a Mexican businesswoman who intended to visit her aging parents in Maryland. According to a story in the Washington Post and other media outlets, the woman who owns a travel agency and rental property business in Mexico with her husband had visited the U.S. frequently yet never overstayed her visa.  

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber