California. On July 5, California’s state Senate passed the “TRUST Act” (AB 1081). This bill has been called the “Anti-Arizona Act” because instead of expanding the role of state and local police in the enforcement of immigration violations, it seeks to curtail it. It was designed as a state effort to push back against the federal/state partnership known as “Secure Communities,” which the U.S.
On July 17, the civil rights organizations challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law “SB 1070” – which include the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) – asked a federal district court in Arizona to block the law’s “show me your papers” provision (Section 2B) before it has a chance to go into effect. In June, the U.S.
By Allison Posner
On July 23, the Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse (TRAC) released a report showing that, as of June 28, ICE had closed a total of 5,684 cases, or 1.9 percent of the 298,000 cases reviewed thus far. The TRAC report breaks down administrative closure statistics by nationality and by location of the immigration court.
CLINIC congratulates the following member agency and program staff on receiving recognition and new BIA credentials, respectively:
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield, MA, Elliot Street Office received agency recognition from the Board of Immigration Appeals on April 30, 2012.
Edyta Ras, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield, MA, Springfield, MA, received partial BIA accreditation on 04/30/2012.
Lan Truong, New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Inc., Manchester, NH, received partial BIA accreditation on 06/12/2012
In the event that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac (Isaac) triggers the need for an officially ordered
evacuation or an emergency government response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) highest priorities are to promote life-saving and lifesustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, the maintenance of public order, the prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and the speedy recovery of the region
As such, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or shelteringrelated to Isaac, including the use of checkpoints for immigration enforcement purposes in impacted areas during an evacuation. If a state or local law enforcement agency determines that individuals in their custody should be transferred or released due to Isaac, the state or local law enforcement agency should not decline to do so solely on the basis of an immigration detainer issued by ICE or CBP. If a state or local law enforcement agency does decide to release an individual subject to an ICE or CBP detainer based on Isaac, the agency should, wherever possible, contact the local ICE or CBP office prior to any such release to ensure that the release does not pose a danger to the community.
On August 14, 2012, USCIS issued the DACA "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" application form, posted a new FAQ, and held a stakeholder call that provided additional information on DACA program. The FAQ and stakeholder call, led by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, reviewed basic eligibility requirements for DACA as well as the education requirements, disclosure provisions and filing procedure.
This update will discuss the information released on August 14th and review details of the program previously reported in CLINIC's August 6th article on DACA. The DACA application form, Form I-821D, is available here and the FAQ is posted here.
Additional resources on DACA may be found on the CLINIC website and include:
Andrew I. Schoenholtz is a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, where he directs the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies and the Center for Applied Legal Studies, the asylum clinic. He is also the Deputy Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration.