Here Comes the Judge?

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In America’s criminal justice system, the accused enjoy the assurance of a speedy adjudication of the charges against them. Unfortunately, this constitutional guarantee does not apply to undocumented immigrants seeking to avoid deportation or gain permanent refugee status in the US. Even more so, non-citizens do enjoy speedy trial and due process rights when it…
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DHS Funding: When Push Comes to Shove

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Many employees and agents with ICE, a DHS subsidiary, would have experienced long-term furlough had DHS funding not been approved. Throughout the past week, a rather unfortunate saga had played out in Washington regarding funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The battle centered on the House of Representatives, where…
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Two Dramatic Developments Involving Immigration

This week saw two developments involving immigration which could potentially mark historical turning points.  First, as a result of this week’s Supreme Court decision in the case of United States v. Windsor, overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government will henceforth recognize same-sex marriages as valid for immigration purposes.  Justice Anthony M.…
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The Story of Leslie Hernandez

When she was 11 years old, Leslie Hernandez was brought to the United States illegally.  Two years later her mother was arrested for an incident, turned over to Immigration, and given a notice to appear in immigration court. Leslie, although a 13-year-old minor at the time, was also ordered to appear in immigration court. The…
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