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JOURNALIST UNCOVERS IMMIGRANT BACKGROUNDS OF ANTI-IMMIGRANT PUBLIC FIGURES

In a world where many public figures have felt free to broadcast their anti-immigration views and share aloud their pejorative claims and prejudices against immigrants, Jennifer Mendelsohn, a journalist and genealogist has been highlighting these people's ancestral immigration histories to illustrate the obvious hypocrisy. Her genealogy facts have garnered public attention, have gone viral, and are being re-tweeted by the thousands as the apparent double standard seems to viscerally resonate with people. Mendelsohn began her quest…

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NEW YORK SENATOR INTRODUCES A BILL TO INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY OF BORDER PATROL AGENTS

In an effort to provide more protections to individuals entering the United States and to increase accountability on the part of border patrol and immigration enforcement agents due to recent reports and online social media videos showing use of unnecessary force and violations of human rights, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York just introduced a bill to address these concerns. Under this bill, which is co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tom Udall (D-NM), and…

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SUPREME COURT ALLOWS IMMIGRANTS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO AVOID DEPORTATION FOR LOW-LEVEL OFFENSES

Yesterday, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) invalidated a section of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some "crimes of violence." The decision, which was produced by a 5-4 majority, holds that the current law is flawed, unconstitutionally vague, and has raised questions about variability in interpretations regarding deportable offenses. In particular, the ruling, written by Justice Kagan, said that ambiguity surrounding the crimes of violence provision created confusion in…

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DEPORTED ARMY VETERAN BECOMES US CITIZEN AFTER PARDON

A decorated former U.S. Army paratrooper serving the United States from 1995 to 2001 and whose work on behalf of deported veterans drew widespread attention to his cause became a U.S. citizen Friday, after having been deported to Mexico eight years ago. Hector Barajas, who was deported in 2010, due to a 2002 conviction, was granted a pardon by California Governor Jerry Brown due to his honorable military service, his advocacy work, and his remorseful behavior.…

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES A NEW QUOTA SYSTEM FOR IMMIGRATION JUDGES

Instead of hiring new Immigration Judges to tackle the profound immigration backlog of approximately 685,000 cases pending or expanding the court, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration will now be pressuring current Immigration Judges to process cases faster by establishing a quota system tied to their annual performance reviews. In particular, starting in October, Immigration Judges will be expected to clear at least 700 cases a year to receive a “satisfactory” performance rating, a standard…

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TV HOST JOHN OLIVER SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON IMMIGRATION COURTS

TV Personality, Political Comedian, and Late Night Show Host John Oliver shines a luminous spotlight on the condition of Immigration Courts in a recent segment on his wildly popular show Last Week Tonight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fB0GBwJ2QA&sns=em) . While a comedic lens was employed to skewer the Immigration Court System in the United States, Oliver does successfully highlight some sobering points about why the immigration system is so dysfunctional. In particular, he presents four major flaws in the current…

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BILLIONAIRE KOCH BROTHERS TRY TO INFLUENCE TRUMP ON IMMIGRATION

Charles and David Koch, oil magnates, owners of the second largest privately owned business in the United States, and mega-donor influential supporters of the Republican party, have been vocally weighing in on immigration issues. As unlikely as it appears and contrary to what their otherwise conservative political affiliations would suggest, the Koch brothers have been adamant in their support for mass immigration and DACA in addition to announcing last month their opposition to Trump’s effort to…

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First Dreamer Admitted To New Jersey Law Bar

Last week, New Jersey welcomed its first DACA recipient to the New Jersey Law Bar.  Parthiv Patel, a 27-year-old immigrant from India who came to New Jersey when he was five years old, became the first “DREAMer” to join the cadre of lawyers in the State, sworn in by State Attorney General Grewal.  Patel, who graduated from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law  in 2016 and subsequently passed both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania…

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Governor Murphy To Join DACA Lawsuit

Phil Murphy, New Jersey's new Democratic Governor, announced that New Jersey intends to join a multi-state lawsuit challenging President Trump’s decision to terminate the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program for DREAMers.  This is a noteworthy and critically important policy shift in that Murphy's Republican predecessor, Governor Christie, had joined with other GOP governors in a lawsuit that sought to have the DACA program declared void back in 2015. The lawsuit that Murphy intends to join,…

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DACA Anniversary

Federal Court Orders Dhs To Maintain DACA Program

Following the Trump Administration's announcement that they would terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program set forth by President Obama via Executive Order, the University of California filed a formal legal complaint challenging the rescission of the DACA program.  A fortuitous outcome came on January 9, 2018 when Federal Judge William Alsup, in his 49-page ruling, issued an order directing the government to partially maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis. Calling Trump's…

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