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A federal appeals court has ruled that states cannot require proof of citizenship during voter registration.

On Wednesday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship, such as an original birth certificate or passport, to register to vote. The court ruled against the state because it was unable to prove that the law was necessary to prevent voter fraud, especially since the law disenfranchised more than 30,000 legitimate voters.

A new Supreme Court decision makes it easier for the government to deport immigrants for crimes.

On April 23, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision that found one permanent resident ineligible for cancellation of removal due to his past crimes. One issue in the case was the “stop-time rule.” The Supreme Court found that the rule was triggered when the immigrant committed a crime that made him inadmissible, though he had already been legally residing in the U.S. too long for the crime to trigger removability. This meant that the official “clock” of his residency was stopped just months before the 7-year milestone that would have made him eligible for cancellation of removal. The 5-4 decision was split along ideological lines.

U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrant parents have sued the federal government over a lack of coronavirus relief.

On May 5, a new class-action lawsuit was filed that contends that the CARES Act excludes and discriminates against many U.S. citizen children whose parents are undocumented. The lawsuit argues that since these children qualify for other federal public benefits, there is no logical reason they should be excluded from any relief from the stimulus package.

The Supreme Court punted an immigration-related case back down to the 9th Circuit.

On May 7, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the 9th Circuit should not have ruled on an immigration-related First Amendment issue, because the issue was not raised by either parties in the lawsuit. The lawsuit concerns one woman who was convicted of “encouraging” a foreigner to be in the U.S. illegally. Now, the case will go back to the 9th Circuit to be considered on the merits of the other arguments that the parties did raise

Asylum hearings are postponed through June 1

On April 30, the Trump administration postponed immigration court hearings for asylum seekers waiting in Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Asylum seekers with hearings scheduled through June 1 should wait until instructed, then appear at the border to get new hearing dates. As of last Friday, there were about 25,000 asylum seekers waiting in Mexico.

CNN: Migrant Children Are Still Attending Deportation Hearings Amid the Pandemic

CNN reports that despite much of the country being shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DOJ has continued to hold some deportation hearings, including those of unaccompanied minors. Given guidelines on social distancing, many of these hearings are being conducted remotely, with the judge, attorneys, and the child all participating from separate locations.

DHS Publishes Final Rule Delaying Date for Card-Based Enforcement of REAL ID Regulations

DHS issued a final rule delaying the date for card-based enforcement of the REAL ID Act regulations from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021. Beginning on October 1, 2021, federal agencies may not accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for official purposes from any individual unless such license or card is a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card.

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