Saturday, September 18, 2021

Immigration Processing Now Takes 6 Times Longer Following Trump Policies

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Is anyone surprised? Newsweek ("Immigration Processing Now Takes 6 Times Longer Following Trump Policies") reports that, despite the fact that numbers of applications remained constant for the past five years, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services processing times jumped six-fold between 2015 and 2020. The agency now faces a backlog of millions of petitions from people looking to temporarily stay or live in the country, receive humanitarian relief, obtain work authorization or become U.S. citizens.

According to the report,

"The Trump administration made a number of changes that complicated the immigration process. These findings were gathered by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) . . . as the number of pending applications grew by an estimated 85 percent during the five years in which the GAO conducted its study. . . . The GAO attributed the longer processing times to policy changes that resulted in longer forms, expanded interview requirements, insufficient staffing levels and a suspension of in-person services due to the pandemic in 2020.

Under the Trump administration's 2017 to 2021 rule, hundreds of small changes were made to USCIS forms. Examples include a 2019 rule that forced applicants to refile forms if they left a space blank, even if the item did not apply to them. A 2017 rule required people over the age of 75 to provide finger printing documents, despite not having had to do so since 1998. Along with these technical moves, the administration forced USCIS to raise fees for naturalization applications from $620 to $1,160 in 2020.

The effects of these changes and others were felt over the years. . . ."

Here is the GAO report.

KJ

September 18, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: Fragile Immigration Legality Collapses in the Trump Era  by Jillian Blake

Fragile Immigration Legality Collapses in the Trump Era  by Jillian Blake, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2021

Abstract

People often think of immigration legality in black and white terms—immigrants are “documented” or “undocumented”; they are present “legally” or “illegally.” There has long been, however, a significant gray area of quasi-legality in the U.S. immigration system. This gray area expanded for decades due to diverging policies of the executive and legislative branches, which each play a role in the formation of immigration policy. The presidency of Donald Trump and its anti-immigration agenda exposed the vulnerability of this class of quasi-status immigrants who were long lawfully present in the country, but for whom Congress had not established a pathway to secure permanent legal status. Those with quasi-statuses included those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and others. Most of these immigrants had work permits, and many had U.S. citizen family members and had permanently settled in the United States. They were, nevertheless, subject to unpredictable enforcement and removal (deportation) by the Executive. This Article explains the rise of quasi-status immigration and how the Trump administration was able to exploit it. It also offers solutions for the Biden administration and Congress to help remedy the system.

KJ

September 18, 2021 in Current Affairs, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 17, 2021

Your Playlist: Malini D. Sur

Check out Yes I Am (American) by Malini Sur:

In an early verse Sur sings: "Yes I am an American. And my skin in brown. I am an American, with a name you can pronounce."

Later, she references SB 1070, singing: "Who are you? And do you belong? You're looking like you are strange."

Her response? "Yes I am an American, as god-fearing as you."

-KitJ

September 17, 2021 in Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: The Invisible Wall: Public Charge Policy Impacts on Immigrant Families  by Claire R. Thomas

The Invisible Wall: Public Charge Policy Impacts on Immigrant Families  by Claire R. Thomas, 65 N.Y.L. SCH. L. REV. 197 (2020-2021).

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to debunk the notion that the Trump administration followed historical precedent in creating a vastly more exclusionary public charge rule and to assert that the over four hundred changes made to immigration law since January 2017, whether currently in effect or not, separate immigrant families and prevent low- and middle-income people from immigrating to the United States. In Part II of this essay, I briefly explore the history of public charge as a basis for inadmissibility to the United States. Next, in Part III, I highlight a few of the over four hundred changes to U.S. immigration law that the Trump administration made, focusing on those that seek to criminalize, target, and exclude immigrant families. In Part IV, I address how — despite federal court orders stopping some of these changes, either temporarily or permanently — the “invisible wall” these changes created instills fear in immigrant communities and results in consequences such as disenrollment from healthcare insurance benefits and reluctance to engage in public social services. I assert that in formulating a significantly more exclusionary definition of public charge, the Trump administration sought to make it impossible for low and middle-income individuals to immigrate to the United States through the family visa process, thereby preventing ordinary people — much like my great-grandfather — from starting a new life in the United States. Finally, in Part V, as we move into the Biden administration, I posit that comprehensive immigration reform must rescind this exclusionary definition of public charge in order to welcome newcomers with dignity and create a fair and humane immigration system.

KJ

September 17, 2021 in Current Affairs, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Economic Benefits of Extending Permanent Legal Status to Unauthorized Immigrants, President Biden on Citizenship Day

 

A new memo from the White House Council of Economic Advisors entitledThe Economic Benefits of Extending Permanent Legal Status to Unauthorized Immigrants,” in which the White makes clear not only do they want a pathway to citizenship included in the reconciliation package, but they clearly show why it has direct budgetary impact and can and must be included in this package. You can read more in Axios.

The White House also released the President’s Citizenship Day remarks, a signal from the President that he is pushingfor inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers and other essential workers in the reconciliation package. 

KJ

September 17, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Report: ICE Abandoning Immigrants with Disabilities and Mental Illnesses

Attorneys reported that individuals who are declared mentally incompetent from cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses are being thrown out of immigration detention without notice to their attorneys, families or caregivers. Vera recently released a report (English/Spanish) describing the experiences immigrants with disabilities and mental illnesses faced in immigration detention. One of them was Luis, an immigrant detainee who had a serious mental illness and was released and put on a bus to California to an address where no one in his family had lived for about a year. 

KJ

September 17, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Lecture Series on Race and Regulation at PennLaw

A year-long lecture series, organized by the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania, will focus on issues of racial justice in regulation.  Speakers for the fall term will include: Chris Brummer of Georgetown University (Sept. 28); Jessica Trounstine of the University of California (Oct. 26); Guy-Uriel Charles of Harvard Law School (Nov. 2); Dorothy Roberts of the University of Pennsylvania (Nov. 16); and Jill Fisher of the University of North Carolina (Dec. 7). 

All lectures will be held from 5:00 - 6:00 pm Eastern Time via Zoom.  For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pennreg.org/2021/09/14/race-and-regulation-lecture-series/

September 28New Evidence on Racial Disparities in Financial Regulatory Leadership

Chris BrummerAgnes N. Williams Research Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Brummer, whose expertise includes financial inclusion and equity, financial regulation, and global governance, served previously on the National Adjudicatory Council of FINRA, a regulator of the securities industry. He also was a member of the Biden-Harris Transition team, advising on financial technology, racial equity, and systemic risk issues. His publications include What Do the Data Reveal About (the Absence of Black) Financial Regulators?

October 26Redlined Forever: The Racist Past of Today’s Land Use Regulations

Jessica TrounstineFoundation Board of Trustees Presidential Chair and Professor of Political Science, University of California, Merced

Professor Trounstine studies American politics and political representation, with a focus on how political institutions generate racial and socioeconomic inequalities. She is the author of the award-winning book, Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities.

November 2Race, Political Power, and American Democracy: Rethinking Voting Rights Law and Policy for a Divided Nation

Guy-Uriel CharlesCharles Ogletree, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Professor Charles studies election law, race and law, and constitutional law, and directs the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard. He is co-editor of Race, Reform, and Regulation of the Electoral Process: Recurring Puzzles in American Democracy, and is at work on a new book, on which this lecture is based. This lecture is part of Public Interest Week 2021. It is also the Penn Program on Regulation’s 2021 Distinguished Regulation Lecture.

November 16Black Families Matter: How the U.S. Family Regulation System Punishes Poor People of Color

Dorothy RobertsGeorge A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Roberts is a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and the founding director of the Program on Race, Science & Society at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare, her latest book, Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World, will be released in 2022.

December 7How Race and Social Inequalities Influence Healthy People’s Paid Participation in FDA-Required Clinical Trials

Jill A. FisherProfessor of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Professor Fisher’s work explores how social inequalities are produced or exploited by commercialized medicine in the United States, especially in the conduct of clinical trials. Her talk will build on insights from her award-winning book, Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals.

September 16, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

PAC-12 Access to Justice Series features race and immigration scholars

The PAC-12 offers more than sports. This fall it will offer a speaker series around the theme "access to justice." Among the many important topics is a talk on Responding to the Humantarian Crisis in Afghanistan (September 28) and The Limits of Universal Representation for Immigrants (November 30). Registration links for the first two talks now posted; others will be added during the series.

September 21
September 28
David Oppenheimer
University of California Berkeley School of Law

Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan
October 5
Margaret Hagan
Stanford University Law School

Justice Innovation
October 12
Anna Carpenter
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Judges in Lawyerless Courts
October 19
Stacy Butler and Christopher Griffin
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Developing and Simulating Non-Lawyer Models of Medical Debt Advocacy
October 26
Scott Skinner-Thompson
University of Colorado Law School

Identity By Committee
November 2
Laura Gomez
University of California Los Angeles School of Law

Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism
November 9
Justin Weinstein-Tull
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Title coming soon
November 16
Kimberly Johnson
University of Oregon School of Law

This is My America: Stories, Storytelling and Access to Justice
November 30
Angélica Cházaro
University of Washington School of Law

Due Process Deportations? The Limits of Universal Representation for Immigrants

 MHC

September 16, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

From The Bookshelves: Meatpacking America by Kristy Nabhan-Warren

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Kristy Nabhan-Warren is the University of Iowa V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies. Her latest book is Meatpacking America: How Migration, Work, and Faith Unite and Divide the Heartland. Check out the publisher's pitch:

Whether valorized as the heartland or derided as flyover country, the Midwest became instantly notorious when COVID-19 infections skyrocketed among workers in meatpacking plants—and Americans feared for their meat supply. But the Midwest is not simply the place where animals are fed corn and then butchered. Native midwesterner Kristy Nabhan-Warren spent years interviewing Iowans who work in the meatpacking industry, both native-born residents and recent migrants from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In Meatpacking America, she digs deep below the stereotype and reveals the grit and grace of a heartland that is a major global hub of migration and food production—and also, it turns out, of religion.

Across the flatlands, Protestants, Catholics, and Muslims share space every day as worshippers, employees, and employers. On the bloody floors of meatpacking plants, in bustling places of worship, and in modest family homes, longtime and newly arrived Iowans spoke to Nabhan-Warren about their passion for religious faith and desire to work hard for their families. Their stories expose how faith-based aspirations for mutual understanding blend uneasily with rampant economic exploitation and racial biases. Still, these new and old midwesterners say that a mutual language of faith and morals brings them together more than any of them would have ever expected.

Iowa touts the book as "a compassionate and balanced approach to one of the biggest industries in the state." And, I have to say, this review by author Felipe Hinojosa certainly captures the imagination: "Meatpacking America is so vivid: the blood, the smells, the slippery floors, and the sharp knives. I wondered how these workers ever got the stench off their bodies. Did it follow them to the grocery store? To church?"

-KitJ

September 16, 2021 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

Law Student Does Good: Notre Dame Law student helps win asylum for Salvadoran mother and child

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Good news from the heartland!  young mother and child from El Salvador were granted asylum in the United States last week, thanks to the legal advocacy of Notre Dame Law School student Sophia Aguilar.

Aguilar, a third-year law student, worked with her client through the Law School’s National Immigrant Justice Center externship. Her client fled gender violence in El Salvador and came to the United States several years ago with her son, then a toddler.

Click the link above for details.

KJ

September 16, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigrants in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Profile for Immigration Reform

 

The American Immigration Council released the following today:

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2021—The U.S. House and Senate on Friday approved $100 billion that would—through a process known as budget reconciliation—create a new pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants living in the United States. While Congress debates the legislative text that will dictate who may qualify for this path to legal status, it remains crucial for the public to understand the broad range of contributions immigrants make to American communities.

The American Immigration Council has extensive data on the United States’ immigrant population and their contributions to America. The Immigrants in the United States fact sheet includes data on population size, occupation, and tax contributions, as well as data on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.

The Council’s fact sheet, Immigrants in the United States, shows that 14% of the nation’s residents are foreign-born, over half of whom are naturalized citizens. Nearly 75% of all immigrants, who come from diverse backgrounds across the globe, report speaking English well or very well. Immigrants make up significant shares of the U.S. workforce in a range of industries, accounting for over a third of all farming, fishing, and forestry workers—as well as nearly 25% of those working in computer and math sciences. The highest number of immigrants work in the health care and social service industry, with over 4 million immigrants providing these services.

The fact sheet also reveals that immigrants in the United States made up 17% of the nation’s labor force in 2018 and contributed $308.6 billion in federal taxes and $150 billion in state and local taxes. As consumers, immigrants spent $1.2 trillion on the United States’ economy in 2018. Immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States accounted for 21% of all self-employed U.S. residents and generated $84.3 billion in business revenue in 2018. 

As of March 2020, the United States was home to 643,560 active DACA recipients, and 49% of DACA-eligible immigrants in the nation had applied for DACA. Recipients of DACA and those meeting the eligibility requirements for DACA paid an estimated $1.7 billion in combined state and local taxes in 2018.

Undocumented immigrants comprised 3% of the United States’ total population and 5% of the nation’s workforce in 2016. Undocumented immigrants in the United States paid an estimated $20.1 billion in federal taxes and $11.8 billion in combined state and local taxes in 2018.

An infographic on the contributions immigrants make to American communities is available here.

Drawing from U.S. Census data and other sources, the Council developed 50 state fact sheets that provide the latest demographic and economic contributions of immigrants in each U.S. state and can be accessed here

In addition, the American Immigration Council has extensive data on California’s immigrant population and their contributions to the state. The California state fact sheet includes data on population size, occupation, and tax contributions, as well as data on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the state.  The Council’s fact sheet, Immigrants in California, shows that immigrants account for over one quarter of California’s population and comprise a staggering 33% of the labor force. Approximately 74% of all workers in farming, fishing, and forestry are immigrants, as are 59% of building and grounds cleaning and maintenance employees.

KJ

September 16, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Transforming the Immigration System: A New Report from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

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Today the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild issued a new report, Transforming the Immigration System: The National Immigration Project's Priorities for Executive and Legislative Action. The report is by Caitlin Bellis and Chris Rickerd.

The report highlights the racist history of the U.S. immigration laws, which over time have become increasingly intertwined with the criminal laws. The report lays out a bold agenda for the Biden administration to disentangle criminal and immigration law, including by ending immigration detention, creating a right to return home, and reforming the immigration court.

The full report is available here.

IE

September 16, 2021 in Data and Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

AILA University Video Roundtable on Strategic Considerations in the Wake of Niz-Chavez, September 17, 2021

AILA is hosting a Video Roundtable on September 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET on Strategic Considerations in the Wake of Niz-Chavez. More information about this free training is available here.

In Niz-Chavez v. Garland, 141 S. Ct. 1474 (2021), the Court held that a defective Notice to Appear that does not include the time and/or place of the removal hearing does not trigger the stop-time rule for cancellation of removal, even when the immigration court later serves a notice of hearing with the required information.

This Roundtable will cover the following topics and includes several excellent discussion leaders, including frequent immprof blogger Geoffrey Hoffman:

Discussion Topics:

  • Challenging Defective Notices to Appear
  • Accrual of 10 Years of Physical Presence, Including Pre– and Post-Final Orders of Removal
  • Qualifying Relatives: Aged-Out Children and Deceased Parents and Spouses

Discussion Leaders:

  • Caroline Walters (DL), Senior Attorney, American Immigration Council, Washington, DC
  • Mark Barr, AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee/AILA Amicus Committee, Denver, CO
  • Dr. Alicia Triche, AILA Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee, Memphis, TN
  • Geoffrey Hoffman, Houston, TX
  • Trina Realmuto, Brookline, MA

IE

September 16, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fifth Circuit Stays Injunction on Biden's Immigration Enforcement Priorities

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Dave Simpson for Law360 reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit backed the bulk of two Biden administration directives narrowing the scope of immigration enforcement operations, staying most of a preliminary injunction entered by the district court.

In a unanimous decision by U.S. Circuit Judge Gregg Costa, the panel found that the U.S. government had shown it would likely succeed in its appeal based.  As the court began the opinion,

"A district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the United States from relying on  immigration enforcement priorities outlined in memos from the Department of Homeland Security and 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The United States seeks a stay of that injunction pending appeal. For the reasons discussed below, we grant a partial stay."

"We do not see a strong justification for concluding that the [Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996] detention statutes override the deep-rooted tradition of enforcement discretion when it comes to decisions that occur before detention, such as who should be subject to arrest, detainers, and removal proceedings," Judge Costa wrote.

 Order attached |

KJ

September 16, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Death on the Border -- US: Extreme Heat Should Prompt New Border Approach

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Extreme heat in the United States in the summer of 2021 underscores the urgency of adopting a climate-informed approach to policies affecting border communities, migrants, and asylum seekers, a group of 68 rights organizations said in a letter to the Biden administration. The groups include Human Rights Watch, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Southern Border Communities Coalition, the American Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International USA, and dozens of others.

“Considering the likelihood of increasingly extreme temperatures at the border, the Biden administration should move away from deterrence and ‘Do Not Come’ messaging, which ignores the realities for people fleeing for their lives and their right to seek safety,” said Clara Long, associate US director at Human Rights Watch. “Instead, the US strategy to address migration on a warming planet should be rooted in human rights and humanitarian protection.”

In late August, US Customs and Border Protection agents found a two-year-old boy alive next to the bodies of his mother and 10-year old sister in the desert west of Yuma, Arizona. The high temperature on that day was 119 degrees. The Yuma County medical examiner determined that their deaths were heat-related.

“Extreme heat is already a deadly threat to migrants and border communities," said Juanita Constible, senior advocate for climate and health at the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

KJ

September 15, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Pope Francis urges openness to migrants as he meets one of Europe's most anti-immigration leaders

 

CBS News reports that "Pope Francis carefully rebuked the anti-migrant politics of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on the first day of a papal visit to Central Europe. Speaking at an outdoor Mass in Budapest . . . , the pontiff called on Hungarians to `extend their arms to everyone,' in a veiled reference to the nationalist government's closed-door policy on immigration.

The Mass, held before tens of thousands of people in the capital's Hero's Square, came moments after an hour-long meeting between Francis and the prime minister. The two men are fierce opponents on the topic of immigration." (bold added)

KJ

September 14, 2021 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Possible State-by-State Impacts of the Proposed Pathway to Citizenship

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As Congress and the Biden administration attempt to reform the immigration laws through the budget reconciliation process, one central aspect of the House Judiciary Committee’s proposed legislation would put Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and essential workers on a pathway to citizenship. The Center for American Progress and the University of California, Davis’ Global Migration Center previously estimated that doing so would bring big benefits to the U.S. economy and ordinary Americans.   Here is a table of state-by-state impacts of a path to legalization.

September 14, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 13, 2021

Poet Amanda Gorman Wears Immigration Message at Met Gala

Tonight is the Met Gala, an annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Every year, celebrities flock to the event dressed to the nines. This year's theme was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion." Glamour magazine translates that for us pleebs: it's all about American fashion designers, including their responses to social and political issues.

Poet Amanda Gorman served as co-chair of the event. And her ensemble was definitely immigration themed: a royal blue Vera Wang gown covered in crystals meant to be a "reimagined Statute of Liberty." Gorman even carried a clutch designed to look like a book titled "Give Us Your Tired."

She looks stunning.

-KitJ

September 13, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

TRAC Immigration Immigration Court Struggling to Manage Its Expanding Dedicated Docket of Asylum-Seeking Families

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The latest from TRAC Immigration:

"During the month of August, the Biden administration stepped up the assignment of asylum-seeking families arriving at the border to the Immigration Court's new "Dedicated Docket" program. As of August 31, 2021, Immigration Court records indicate that a total of 16,713 individuals comprising approximately 6,000 families are now assigned to this program.

But alongside the growing number of asylum-seekers assigned to the new Dedicated Docket, new questions emerge about whether these cases will be completed fairly and within the promised timeline, whether Immigration Judges will be able to manage large Dedicated Docket caseloads, and whether the Court is reliably tracking these cases as promised.

While EOIR has set up Dedicated Docket hearing locations in eleven cities, cases assigned thus far have been unusually concentrated in just a few cities. As of the end of August half of the 16,713 cases were assigned to New York City and Boston.

With the rapid influx of cases at a number of these Dedicated Docket hearing locations, half of the currently scheduled initial master hearings are not being held until after mid-November 2021, and fully one in ten are not currently scheduled until mid-February 2022. In addition, these hearings are largely to be held via video. Only eleven percent of all scheduled hearings are set as in-person hearings.

It also continues to be a relatively small number of judges who are assigned to hear these cases. Six judges now account for nearly two-thirds (63%) of the assigned Dedicated Docket cases. Each of these six judges has already been assigned over a thousand cases just during the first three months of this initiative. Judge Mario J. Sturla in Boston has thus far been assigned the most Dedicated Docket cases for any judge—3,178 cases.

Some basic arrangements are still not in place to ensure that cases assigned to the Dedicated Docket are clearly identified in the Court's database system which is relied on to manage the Court's workload. As of the end of August, fully 38 percent of cases assigned to the special hearing locations set up to exclusively handle Dedicated Dockets were not flagged as "DD" cases.

To read the full report, go here."

KJ

September 13, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Announcing the Global Strategic Litigation Council for Refugee Rights

Today, more than two dozen colleagues/organizations worldwide, announced the formation of the Global Strategic Litigation Council for Refugee Rights (GSLC). The announcement is here. The GSLC is being established to help close the large and troubling gap between the promises of rights protection for refugees and practices that deny refugees rights. 

The Council will craft a strategy for establishing a global jurisprudence on refugee rights through litigation in national and regional courts and through related advocacy. Working Groups have been established around two thematic areas: (1) Legal Status and Lawful Stay; and (2) Detention and Due Process. The Council is being led by a Steering Committee whose members are Asylum Access, the Cornell Law School Migration and Human Rights Program, HIAS, Kituo Cha Sheria, the Migration and Asylum Project, Refugiados Unidos, and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at the New School. You can learn more about the Council from the Concept Note here: https://zolberginstitute.org/initiatives/gslc/gslc-concept-note/

Please consider joining the Council. You can do this by filling out the form at this link.

KJ

September 13, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)