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Family Case Management Program for Asylees Set to Close on June 20
The United States’ family case management program is an alternative to detention facilities for asylum-seekers. According to Sarah Rodriguez, an ICE spokesperson, the program caters to “special populations, such as pregnant women, nursing mothers, [and] fam...

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The American Immigration Council just released a report detailing how “fast-track” deportation methods negatively impact asylum seekers. These “fast-track” methods such as expedited removal, in conjunction with detention, disproportionately disadvantage one...

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Attorney for Marco Coello Explains Detention during Asylum Interview
Last week, Board-Certified immigration expert Elizabeth Blandon came across a situation that she has never seen in 20 years of practicing immigration and nationality law. Her client, Venezuelan political activist Marco Coello, was detained at the Miami Asyl...

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Detained Immigrants Being Denied Bond or Parole in Most Cases
Asylum-seekers are feeling the impact of a new unofficial US policy: ICE has virtually stopped granting detained immigrants bond or parole, keeping them incarcerated throughout their cases unless they successfully appeal to an immigration judge. In response...

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Changes to Guidelines for Determining Credible Fear in Asylum Seekers
Amid so many public Executive Order pronouncements, the
Trump administration has quietly instituted guidelines that will change how
asylum seekers' cases are handled. The new instructions can be found in a
"lesson plan" for asylum officers which went into e...

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Increase in Lawsuits Challenging Confinement of Non-citizens
Habeas corpus filings in federal courts challenging the confinement of non-citizens have risen sharply. The latest available data from the federal courts show that during January 2017 the government reported 168 new habeas corpus civil filings by non-citize...

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Harvard University report on effect of Trump’s executive orders on asylum seekers
Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program has released a report on the effects of President Trump’s executive orders on people seeking asylum protection in the United States under long-standing provisions of U.S. and international law, i...

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Asylum-seekers are being turned away at the US border
Reports have surfaced that asylum-seeking families, adults and unaccompanied minors are being systematically turned away by agents along the U.S.-Mexico border. In response, the American Immigration Council and several partner organizations — the American I...

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Nationwide Class Action Status for Case Seeking to Protect Rights of Asylum Seekers
On January 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington certified the nationwide class in Mendez-Rojas v. Johnson, No. 2:16-cv-01024-RSM (W.D. Wash) , making thousands of asylum seekers class members in the case. This lawsuit cha...

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2015 Report on Asylees and Refugees Published
The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) has released its Annual Flow Report which presents information on persons admitted as refugees or granted asylum in the United States. In the year 2015, an estimated 83,000 affirmative asylum applications were file...
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