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Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Overwhelming a Strained System

The number of pending cases in immigration courts looks poised to grow as the Trump administration begins removing undocumented immigrants who weren’t previously targeted. AILA board member Jeremy McKinney explained that the 2014 migrant wave at the southern border first put a strain on the interior immigration courts

L.A. Police See Drop in Latino Reports of Crime amid Deportation Fears

Reuters reports that Latinos in Los Angeles have lodged 41 fewer reports of rape—down 25 percent—and 118 fewer domestic violence complaints—a 10 percent drop—since January 2017, compared with the same period in 2016, Police Chief Charlie Beck said on Tuesday. Those declines, coinciding with President Trump’s vow to step up deportations of undocumented immigrants, were not seen in the crime reporting of other ethnic groups. The trend suggests a growing mistrust of the criminal justice system among Latinos as the Trump administration has pressed state and local law enforcement to assist U.S. immigration agents, the Los Angeles Police Department stated

New DHS Memo on Enforcement of Immigration Laws

All prior enforcement memos are rescinded except those dealing with issues when children were brought to the U.s.

No longer are certain foreign nationals  exempted from enforcement. 

The memo seems to now prioritize removability actions against those persons with crimes and fraud

The new priorities (which may be able to be fought in Court) are 1. those convicted of ANY criminal offense, 2. charged but not convicted, 3. committed acts which constitute a criminal offense, but no arrest or conviction, 4. committed fraud against the government, 5) abused any program to receive public benefits, 6) subject to final order of removal or 7) are deemed by an immigration officer to be a risk to public safety

Essentially – it leaves WIDE OPEN interpretation and attempts to remove foreign nationals who do not have removable offenses under the law.

BIA Says IJs Cannot Adjudicate Section 212(d)(3)(A)(ii) Waiver by Petitioner for U Status

In a precedent decision issued today, the BIA held that IJs lack the authority to adjudicate a request for a waiver of inadmissibility under INA §212(d)(3)(A)(ii) by a petitioner for U nonimmigrant status. The BIA also concluded that the Seventh Circuit’s decision in L.D.G. v. Holder did not expressly find the language of §212(d)(3)(A) to be unambiguous, which would have left no room for agency discretion. Accordingly, the BIA will apply its ruling in this decision to cases nationwide, including cases arising in the Seventh Circuit.

Government Plans to Resume Haitian Removals

Today, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the government plans to resume regular deportations of Haitians.

Sua Sponte Reopening

The Ninth Circuit granted in part and denied in part the petition for review, holding that petitioner’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim did not warrant equitable tolling of the limitations period for his untimely filed motion to reopen. However, the court also found that the BIA’s decision declining to exercise its sua sponte authority to reopen proceedings was based on an erroneous understanding of the legal principles concerning the relationship between prior deportation, reopening of deportation proceedings, and eligibility for INA §212(c) relief.

ICE to be held accountable

 NBCNews reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has filed a FOIA lawsuit against ICE to obtain the release of government records regarding arrests in early 2016 of Central American immigrants in Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas. SPLC believes the records will show how and why ICE pursued the 121 women and children who were arrested and placed in a Dilley, Texas, family detention center; all but 12 families were deported. “There are serious questions about whether ICE agents’ conduct during these raids violated the Constitution,” stated Lisa Graybill, Deputy Legal Director for SPLC. “We cannot allow ICE, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, to avoid accountability and violate the federal law by withholding these records.”

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