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The Supreme Court has granted a case on the stop-time rule for next term.

On June 8, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear an immigration case on the stop-time rule in its next term. The stop-time rule, which stops the clock on time accrued by the immigrant to become eligible for relief from deportation, is triggered when the government sends the immigrant a “notice to appear” with specific information about the removal proceedings. The specific issue that the Supreme Court will consider is whether all the necessary information must be provided to the immigrant in a single document or if the government can trigger the rule by providing multiple documents. The Supreme Court’s next term starts in October of this year. 

2021 visa lottery results have been posted.

On June 10, a federal judge in New York ruled that the practice of making immigration arrests in and around state courthouses was illegal. The lawsuit against ICE was brought by the New York attorney general, who argued that ICE’s actions “chilled participation” in courts and disrupted hearings, as ICE would arrest people coming in for scheduled hearings. This is the second federal judge to rule against the policy; last year, a judge in Massachusetts issued a preliminary injunction stopping ICE from conducting arrests in or at the entry of Massachusetts courthouses..

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to deportation procedures next term.

On June 15, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case on whether some immigrants fighting deportation orders may seek temporary freedom while they await their court date. The case, Albence v. Chavez, came out of the 4th Circuit, where the court ruled for the plaintiffs, but this issue has caused a circuit split between different areas of the country. The Supreme Court’s next term will start in October 2020.

The Supreme Court has decided not to hear a challenge to a California sanctuary law.

On June 15, the Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari in a case challenging a California law limiting information-sharing with federal immigration enforcement. Since the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of California, the Supreme Court’s decision to decline the case lets the law stand.

The Supreme Court ruled that LGBT workers are protected from workplace discrimination.

On June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII forbids workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The ruling was based on the meaning of “discrimination on the basis of sex” in existing federal law. Justice Gorsuch wrote both opinions, and was joined by Justices Roberts, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Breyer, and Kagan in the majority. Justices Alito, Thomas, and Kavanaugh dissented. In the realm of immigration, this ruling could affect and protect both immigrant and nonimmigrant workers from discrimination.

District Court Finds Child Born in Canada to Same-Sex Couple Is a U.S. Citizen

or the District of Maryland held that DOS erred in concluding that a child born in Canada to same-sex, naturalized U.S. citizens via assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy was born out of wedlock under INA §309.

Children of Permanent Residents and U.S. Citizens Exempt from New Immigration Ban

The new proclamation signed by President Trump on Monday unlawfully extended and expanded the immigration ban he issued on April 22; however, it includes an important carve-out exemption for children or child relatives who could be separated from their families if they age out while it is in effect.

Supreme Court Rules Asylum Seekers Cannot Seek Federal Court Review of Expedited Removal Orders

In Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam, the U.S. Supreme Court held that restrictions on the ability of asylum seekers to obtain review of expedited removal orders under a federal habeas statute do not violate the Constitution’s suspension clause or due process clause

6 more Guatemalans have tested positive for COVID-19 after deportation from the U.S.

At least 6 Guatemalans deported from the U.S. on June 9 tested positive for COVID-19 after arrival. That flight was the first flight of deportees from the U.S. after a month-long suspension imposed by Guatemala. This information came from a Guatemalan public official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Trump administration is aiming to end DACA within 6 months.

On Sunday, acting DHS Secretary Wolf told the press that President Trump will attempt to end DACA by the end of the year. The administration will go to Congress to find a solution, but is also looking into refiling its original proposal with a new rationale. The Trump administration will continue to renew visas for DACA recipients in the meantime.

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