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Washington DC - On August 21, 2015, Judge Gee of the District Court of Central California denied the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) motion to reconsider its July 24, 2015 ruling and ordered the release of immigrant children from the current family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania “without unnecessary delay”.

On July 6, 2015, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued the first reported decision in Maryland, In re: Dany G., confirming once and for all the standard of neglect applicable to cases seeking a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) factual predicate order.

In August 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached an important class action settlement with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over unlawful and coercive voluntary returns, a form of deportation carried out by ICE or CBP without a hearing before an immigration judge.

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of reforms modifying immigration policy (“Executive Action”). On the same day DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson issued agency-wide memoranda providing specific and more detailed information regarding the proposed changes. One of these memos concerned the agency’s plans to expand eligibility for the provisional waiver for unlawful presence.

On July 24, 2015, Judge Dolly Gee of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a long-awaited decision applying the Flores Settlement Agreement of 1997 to the minors currently detained in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas, and in Leesport, Pennsylvania.