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CNN: Supreme Court Blocks 2020 Census Citizenship Question in Setback for Trump Administration

CNN reports that the Supreme Court has blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for the time being. Writing for a 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts concluded that there was sufficient reason for concern about why the Commerce Department wanted to add the question. President Trump tweeted that he has asked lawyers whether it’s possible to delay the census.

Asylum Officers Union and Former U.S. Officials File Amicus Briefs Condemning Remain in Mexico Policy

Two amicus briefs were filed yesterday in Innovation Law Lab v. McAleenan, a case challenging the administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPPs), commonly known as the Remain in Mexico policy. Local 1924 of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents over 2,500 bargaining unit employees of USCIS, submitted an amicus brief arguing that the MPPs don’t streamline processes, but rather make the system less efficient. In a separate amicus brief, former immigration, national security, foreign policy, and other public officials stated that “the government’s purported justifications for the MPP[s] do not pass muster.”

House Passes Senate Version Of New Funding To Ease Border Crisis

The House passed the Senate-approved border supplemental spending bill, which included significant additional funding for ICE and CBP to house, transport, and provide for the care of migrant detainees, as well as funds to enable the HHS to care for the large numbers of unaccompanied children, among other provisions.

USCIS Provides Guidance Related to Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act

USCIS announced it will automatically extend parole, and employment authorization if applicable, for certain residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This specific extension of parole as authorized by law will provide relief while USCIS establishes procedures for obtaining the new CNMI Resident status, which was created by the Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act (Public Law 116-24).

BIA Dismisses Appeal After Finding N‑550 Does Not Confer Citizenship Status if Acquired Unlawfully

The BIA found the respondent removable, holding that it is not necessary to show his intent in order to establish that he is deportable for making a false representation of U.S. citizenship, and also because a Form N‑550 does not confer citizenship status if it is acquired unlawfully.

Federal Court Requires Immigration Courts to Continue to Provide Bond Hearings Despite Matter of M‑S‑

In Padilla v. ICE, a district court judge issued a decision that requires immigration courts to continue to provide bond hearings to individuals fleeing persecution who enter the United States without inspection, are placed in expedited removal proceedings, and pass their credible fear interviews. The decision is set to take effect on July 16, 2019.

Trump Administration Ending In-Person Interpreters at Immigrants’ First Hearings

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the administration is preparing to replace in-court interpreters at initial immigration court hearings with videos informing asylum seekers and other immigrants facing deportation of their rights. Advocates have raised concerns that the move could jeopardize immigrants’ due-process rights, add confusion, and potentially make the system less efficient by causing more individuals to go underground or appeal cases.

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