Waivers & Special Cases. Legal news and articles for May 17 - 23, 2017

Immigration Courts Backlogged After Obama, Trump ActionsArrest rate triples for 'noncriminal' undocumented immigrants in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, MontanaFew undocumented immigrants face Collier felony chargesLA mother-daughter case highlights rise of non-criminal immigrant arrestsDeportation Fears Keep Victims From Reporting CrimesDeportation Fears Keep Victims From Reporting CrimesAgents Use Cellphone Snooping Device In Immigration CaseSalvadoran mom of 2 with minor driving conviction detained by ICE in FairfaxA blatant attempt to smear immigrantsLatinos In Three Cities Are Reporting Fewer Crimes Since Trump Took OfficeProsecutors Are Quietly Helping Protect Immigrants from TrumpArrests of Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Spikes 150%: ReportImmigration arrests up under Trump, including sharp rise for those without criminal recordsDangerous 'Collateral Consequences' in Santa Clara County, CaliforniaDangerous 'Collateral Consequences' in Santa Clara County, California

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Sessions says 42 percent of federal cases involve non-Americans ...
Washington PostMay 2, 2017

In a speech Friday morning at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y., Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the following comment: “The Bureau of Justice ...more »

Trump administration creates office to aid victims of crimes by undocumented immigrants
NOLA.comApril 28, 2017

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has unveiled a new effort to aid victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, catapulting the Trump administration into another pitched battle over whether the president is deploying ...more »

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Immigration Courts Backlogged After Obama, Trump Actions
The Crime ReportMay 23, 2017

The Trump administration has contributed to the crunch, emphasizing the deportation of detainees who have had contact with the criminal justice system, though even those without records have been caught up in the efforts. Last week, the Immigration and ...more »

Arrest rate triples for 'noncriminal' undocumented immigrants in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Montana
Salt Lake TribuneMay 22, 2017

Under President Donald Trump, undocumented immigrants without a criminal history are more likely to be arrested by Salt Lake City-based U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents than they are in other areas. Arrest rates for people ...more »

Few undocumented immigrants face Collier felony charges
Naples Daily NewsMay 20, 2017

His assertion that America was under attack by violent criminals coming across the southern border as undocumented immigrants resonated with a portion of the electorate, helping him defeat Hillary Clinton in November. But a review of three months of ...more »

LA mother-daughter case highlights rise of non-criminal immigrant arrests
89.3 KPCCMay 20, 2017

Immigrant Youth Coalition. Recent arrests of a Los Angeles mother and daughter who now face deportation are shining a spotlight on a shift in immigration enforcement driving a spike in non-criminal detentions. Immigration enforcement officials have ...more »

Deportation Fears Keep Victims From Reporting Crimes
NECNMay 19, 2017

... because of her immigration status. Promises of stepped-up immigration enforcement at the federal level have led to immigrants refusing to report crimes, including domestic violence, to local police for fear of being deported, immigrants and their ...more »

Deportation Fears Keep Victims From Reporting Crimes
NBC BostonMay 19, 2017

But she did not go to the police because of her immigration status. Promises of stepped-up immigration enforcement at the federal level have led to immigrants refusing to report crimes, including domestic violence, to local police for fear of being ...more »

Agents Use Cellphone Snooping Device In Immigration Case
The Crime ReportMay 19, 2017

Federal investigators are using a cellphone snooping device designed for counter-terrorism to hunt undocumented immigrants in President Trump's immigration crackdown, reports the Detroit News. An unsealed federal search warrant affidavit obtained by ...more »

Salvadoran mom of 2 with minor driving conviction detained by ICE in Fairfax
Washington PostMay 18, 2017

While immigration hard-liners are applauding Trump's efforts, advocates for those here illegally say ICE is defining the term “criminal” so broadly that many minor offenders — including Cruz Mendez, who has a misdemeanor conviction for driving without ...more »

A blatant attempt to smear immigrants
mySanAntonio.comMay 18, 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest foreign nationals Feb. 7 during a targeted enforcement operation aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. A new office set up for victims of criminals who are ...more »

Latinos In Three Cities Are Reporting Fewer Crimes Since Trump Took Office
FiveThirtyEightMay 18, 2017

Latinos in several big cities across the country appear to be reporting fewer crimes this year than last, a pattern that some experts say could be evidence that President Trump's tough stance on immigration is sowing mistrust of law enforcement ...more »

Prosecutors Are Quietly Helping Protect Immigrants from Trump
VICEMay 18, 2017

If an immigrant is convicted of a crime, it makes them more at risk of deportation. But even small changes in the way a crime is prosecuted can have a big impact in immigration court. For example, "petit larceny" and "possession of stolen goods" might ...more »

Arrests of Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Spikes 150%: Report
NBCNews.comMay 17, 2017

The Trump administration's rush to remove any and all undocumented immigrants has resulted in an almost 40 percent increase in immigration arrests — with the largest arrest spike being in immigrants with no criminal offense other than being ...more »

Immigration arrests up under Trump, including sharp rise for those without criminal records
Washington PostMay 17, 2017

The sharpest increase in arrests is among immigrants who have never been convicted of any crime. In President Trump's first 100 days in office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 41,318 immigrants, up 37.6 percent over the same period ...more »

Dangerous 'Collateral Consequences' in Santa Clara County, California
National ReviewMay 17, 2017

A 5–4 majority held that defense attorneys have a duty to inform their clients of potential immigration ramifications of guilty pleas in criminal cases. Seven justices concluded that defense attorneys do not provide effective assistance when they ...more »

Dangerous 'Collateral Consequences' in Santa Clara County, California
National ReviewMay 17, 2017

A 5–4 majority held that defense attorneys have a duty to inform their clients of potential immigration ramifications of guilty pleas in criminal cases. Seven justices concluded that defense attorneys do not provide effective assistance when they ...more »

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