This index provides a catalogue of unpublished decisions by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) reviewing decisions on petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The authors reviewed the decisions available on the USCIS website, from 2005 to April 2018. The goal of this index is to assist practitioners who represent children and youth seeking SIJS.
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Sample Respondent’s Brief Regarding Particular Social Group Formulation Requirements Under Matter of W-Y-C- & H-O-B-
This practice pointer provides practitioners guidance on the Attorney General’s Matter of Castro-Tum decision issued on May 17, 2018. Matter of Castro-Tum revokes immigration judges’ and the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) general authority to administratively close cases, or temporarily close cases without deciding them, with some exceptions.
This guide provides strategies for practitioners seeking a client’s release from immigration detention. It focuses on the nuts and bolts of preparing for and representing a client during immigration court bond hearings.
This report highlights the high rate of unrepresented families with valid asylum claims, features clients’ stories, discusses the obstacles families face in attending their immigration court hearings, explains how the immigration system fails families seeking asylum, and provides policy recommendations for how the Trump Administration and Congress can address these shortcomings.
As more noncitizens are targeted for the initiation of removal proceedings under the Trump administration’s broadened enforcement priorities, immigration court dockets will likely become even more backlogged. Given these strains and the reality of human fallibility, there will continue to be instances in which practitioners observe inappropriate and problematic immigration judge conduct.
This practice advisory is designed for practitioners representing child clients in removal proceedings or advising family members of child clients in removal proceedings. As reports of ICE arresting parents and family members emerge, the goal of this advisory is to provide guidance and suggestions to practitioners on best practices for mitigating the risk of civil immigration enforcement or criminal prosecution of family members of children in removal proceedings.
CLINIC, along with allies, filed a request for a hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights arguing that DOJ EOIR violates the human rights of asylum seekers because certain immigration courts within the U.S. system have virtually denied all asylum claims before them.
President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 executive order, known as the travel ban, has been challenged several times in districts across the country. Here are the newest updates.
SILVER SPRING, Maryland - A new program under CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Project will provide immigration legal advice and representation to people from countries covered by the Trump administration’s travel ban.