Our friends, family and neighbors in Northern California may be facing a major immigration raid from United States Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that ICE officials will likely undertake a major immigration sweep through the Bay Area that could result in over 1,500 arrests.
A recent class action lawsuit has determined that Immigration and Customs Enforcement may not detain teenage immigrant without the use of due process. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Northern California recently won a federal class-action lawsuit that they filed on behalf of immigrant minors who were arrested and unlawfully detained on allegations of gang membership.
The circumstances under which immigrants end up in immigration detention here in the U.S. vary greatly. Immigration arrests can occur in many different situations. A recent Vice News article raises questions as to whether it is becoming more common for immigrants to face such arrests, and rapid deportation, following immigration check-ins.
Every year, millions of people come to the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas. Such visas have time limits on them. Staying in the U.S. after a visa expires puts a foreign national in a very precarious situation.
An immigrant can be full of worries when they are facing deportation or are in a situation where they fear they could end up in deportation proceedings. An important thing for individuals in such situations to know is that there are protections and rights immigrants have here in the United States. Recently, new laws were passed in California aimed at establishing additional protections for immigrants in the state.
Among the things some individuals from other countries can end up facing in connection to immigration matters in the U.S. is time in immigration detention. There are a range of situations in which a person could end up being detained by immigration officials. Recent data points to the number of people who are under such detention being on the increase in the U.S. in recent times.
A state budget was recently approved by California’s legislature. The budget is expected to be signed by the governor. It has the potential to have impacts in many areas in the state, including immigration detention.
In the wake of last year’s election, one thing many may have wondered is if the U.S. would be seeing big changes in immigration enforcement, such as changes in immigration arrest levels. Recent federal data indicates that such arrests have gone up in the period following President Trump being sworn in.
On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that Trump's executive order threatening to defund sanctuary areas was just that -- a threat. Rather than issuing an overarching policy of denying all federal funding to cities, counties and states that refuse to play along with the Trump Administration's agenda, the executive order was largely ineffectual, the judge wrote in a 49-page ruling.
If there's one problem with rushing, it's that you might skip things. In the case of rushing through legal processes, the problem is that certain issues may not get their full hearing. That's a real problem when those issues relate to due process or others of our treasured values -- or when the people needing a full, fair hearing are especially vulnerable.