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Illegal Immigration Arrests Increase While Deportation Numbers Lag

Under the Trump Administration, the number of arrests of illegal immigrants with no additional criminal backgrounds has increased. However, new data indicates that although immigration arrests are at an all-time high, deportations continue to lag. Since 2016, there has been nearly a 40% overall increase of arrests of all undocumented immigrants. The arrests of noncriminal… Read More »

DACA Recipients Are in Danger of Future Deportation

In 2012, under President Obama’s administration, nearly 800,000 undocumented young immigrants were protected and legally allowed to live in the United States through DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA protects young immigrants who were brought into this country illegally, some as young as infants, by their undocumented parents. This program allowed these young… Read More »

The Elimination of the “Prosecutorial Discretion” Will Cause Immigration Docket Delays

For many years prosecutors for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had the discretion to drop certain illegal immigration cases if the non-citizens were considered to be a low-risk to the general public. This included illegal immigrants who were otherwise considered law-abiding. The process of dropping certain cases allowed ICE to give second chances for non-citizens… Read More »

Proposed New York Legislation Would Provide Green Cards to Undocumented Workers Who Worked on Ground Zero

New York legislators have proposed legislation that would extend deportation protection to non-citizens, who served in the rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. The proposed legislation, known as the 9/11 Immigrant Worker Freedom Act, would grant green cards to non-citizens, who… Read More »

DAPA Rescinded, DACA to Stay for Now

On June 14, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has rescinded Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DAPA was a program created in 2014 under President Barack Obama. The program would have deferred the deportation of undocumented immigrants, who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal… Read More »

Unpredictability Under The Trump Administration

Gone are the days when, under the Obama administration, immigration enforcement priorities were clearly outlined. Now, with Donald J. Trump as president, immigration policies regarding enforcement and deportation have become more confusing. As a result, discretion is left to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in the field, which creates confusion among officers in… Read More »

Non-Citizens with Controlled Substance Cases and Convictions Should Revisit Their Cases

Non-citizens with controlled substance cases and convictions should consider revisiting their cases, including those who already received a removal order. On June 21, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, issued a decision which has far-reaching effects on non-citizens who have been convicted of certain controlled substance offenses in New York. In Harbin v. Lynch… Read More »

Low-Level Crimes May Prioritize Deportation

When President Trump issued his executive orders on immigration in January 2017, the priorities for deportation expanded. In a memo issued in February 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced that, although the agency will continue to prioritize the deportation of serious criminal offenders and national security, it will now do so… Read More »

Mayor de Blasio Seeks to Limit Recipients of Immigration Legal Services

Over the years, both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have earmarked millions of dollars for legal help for undocumented immigrants in New York. Recently, Mayor de Blasio has announced that he no longer wants New York City to fund legal representation for non-citizens who have committed certain criminal acts, whereas Governor Cuomo’s… Read More »

Brooklyn DA’s Office Seeks to Protect Non-Citizens from Deportation over Petty Crimes

On April 24, 2017, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s (DA) Office announced a policy tailored to avoid, when possible, the deportation or detention of non-citizens charged with misdemeanors or nonviolent crimes. Under the new policy, prosecutors in Brooklyn are advised to make plea offers and sentencing recommendations in order to protect undocumented immigrants from being deported… Read More »

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