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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.

Civil Liberties Groups Ask Congress to Refuse Border Tech Funding in Any Shutdown Deal

The Hill reports that a coalition of civil liberties and immigration groups have raised concerns with congressional leadership about border technologies proposed as part of the bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to reach a border deal by February 15 to avoid another shutdown. According to the groups, surveillance drones, license plate readers, and DNA testing could raise serious privacy concerns for those crossing the border and living in border cities, while “risk-based targeting” and biometrics technologies could result in racial profiling and harm vulnerable communities.

Civil Liberties Groups Ask Congress to Refuse Border Tech Funding in Any Shutdown Deal

The Hill reports that a coalition of civil liberties and immigration groups have raised concerns with congressional leadership about border technologies proposed as part of the bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to reach a border deal by February 15 to avoid another shutdown. According to the groups, surveillance drones, license plate readers, and DNA testing could raise serious privacy concerns for those crossing the border and living in border cities, while “risk-based targeting” and biometrics technologies could result in racial profiling and harm vulnerable communities.

Trump Administration Sows Chaos, Risks Lives with “Remain in Mexico” Policy

DHS announced a new policy that would force most asylum seekers who have passed a preliminary screening to remain in Mexico pending a full hearing before an immigration judge.

EOIR Releases Two Memos Related to Case Priorities and Performance Measures

EOIR supplemented its January 17, 2018, memo, Case Priorities and Immigration Court Performance Measures by announcing the tracking and expedition of “family unit” cases at ten immigration court locations. EOIR further supplemented the January memo by heightening the bar for overcoming a 180-day adjudication window, stating that for an immigration judge to grant a continuance resulting in an asylum case taking longer than 180 days to adjudicate, a respondent must satisfy the good-cause standard and show exceptional circumstances.

Attorney General Sessions continues to take away due process of Immigrants

Matter of L‑A‑B‑R‑, which outlined when immigration judges (IJs) may grant continuances; Matter of Castro‑Tum, which limited IJs authority toadministratively close a case; and Matter of A‑B‑, which narrowed the criteria for demonstrating membership in a particular social group.

Sessions is trying to turn the Immigration Courts into puppet institutions that just deport people without regard to real representation.

Due Process decreased

The new policies “systematically deprive people coming to the United States of due process and the opportunity to apply for legal relief to which they may be entitled under law.”
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