Justice Dept. Restricts a Common Tactic of Immigration Judges
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Justice Dept. Restricts a Common Tactic of Immigration Judges

The move, issued in an interim decision, is unlikely to reopen all the cases. But Mr. Sessions said that immigration courts could not put such cases on indefinite hold by using a practice known as administrative closure, which temporarily removes a case from a judge’s calendar and delays a proceeding that could remove an immigrant from the country. Continue reading

In Trump era, LAPD strengthens bonds with immigrants here illegally
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In Trump era, LAPD strengthens bonds with immigrants here illegally

His experience, the Los Angeles police captain says, serves as a way for him to connect with residents who express fear about being caught up in immigration sweeps. It’s a tale that the 47-year-old, who became an American citizen while serving in the Marine Corps, has shared in one-on-one conversations and at public gatherings.

“I want them to understand that my sympathy and my intent to build trust with the undocumented is more on a personal level, as well as a professional level,” Labrada said after a recent meeting at Santa Teresita Catholic Church, across from a Boyle Heights public housing project.

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Immigrants hita big wall — of regulations
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Immigrants hita big wall — of regulations

Yes, Trump still wants his big, beautiful wall to stop illegal border crossings. But he’s been railing against all forms of immigration since his campaign. And he’s having a much easier time chipping away at legal immigration than funding his wall. In some cases, the methods are strict quotas or new rules. But paperwork and red tape work too. For instance, this administration tripled the number of pages in green-card applications. Forms for sponsoring a foreign-born spouse are nine times longer than they used to be. Continue reading

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Under Trump Proposal, Lawful Immigrants Might Be Inclined To Shun Health Benefits

Under the proposed plan, a lawful immigrant holding a visa could be passed over for getting permanent residency — a green card — if they use Medicaid, a subsidized Obamacare plan, food stamps, tax credits or a list of other non-cash government benefits, according to a draft of the plan published by The Washington Post. Even the use of such benefits by a child who is a U.S. citizen could jeopardize a parent’s chances of attaining lawful residency, according to the document. Continue reading

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Sessions is criminalizing immigration violations. That upends centuries of history.

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department will seek to criminally prosecute all people unlawfully crossing the southern border with Mexico. While criminal immigration enforcement has grown over the last two decades, it is a relatively new phenomenon. Throughout most of U.S. history, the government treated immigration irregularities as civil matters. Continue reading