Immigration courts to focus on detainees, not kids' cases

U.S. News

Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller said in a memo Tuesday that the top priority for immigration judges will be scheduling quick hearings for anyone who is detained, potentially freeing up space in an immigrant jail system that is already well beyond capacity.


Trump is front and center at small immigration march

Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has a map of street closures . The May Day immigration march made its way down Broadway on Sunday with a much smaller crowd than in earlier years. The truck leading the parade carried organizers chanting "Stop Donald Trump!" The crowd trailing behind stretched half a block.


Canadian immigration site crashes

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The Canadian immigration site crashed repeatedly Tuesday as states closed their polls and results began to come in. It may not come as a surprise that Google recorded a spike in the search topic immigration to Canada Tuesday night. Countless jokes about people fleeing the country over the election results have circulated on social media, and a local booster in Nova Scotia tried to lure critics of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. There's even a dating site dedicated to hooking up Americans with their northern neighbors (HT NBC News). Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of several world leaders who have criticized Trump in the past.


Trump plan fails to cut immigration court backlog, as caseload soars more than 26%

Los Angeles Times

The Trump administration's controversial plan to shrink the ballooning backlog of immigration cases by pushing judges to hear more cases has failed, according to the latest data, with the average wait for an immigration hearing now more than two years. Since October 2017, when the Justice Department approved a plan aimed at reducing the backlog in immigration court, the pending caseload has grown by more than 26%, from 655,932 cases to just shy of 830,000, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse, which tracks data from immigration courts. Even that figure likely understates the backlog because it doesn't include the impact of the 35-day government shutdown in December and January. Because the system's roughly 400 immigration judges were furloughed during the shutdown, some 60,000 hearings were canceled. Thousands were rescheduled, adding to the already long wait times.


Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, could influence immigration policy

PBS NewsHour

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an advisor to U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, speaks to members of the Media in the lobby of Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York November 17, 2016. WASHINGTON -- As a senator, Jeff Sessions became Congress' leading advocate not only for a cracking down on illegal immigration, but also for slowing all immigration, increasing mass deportations and scrutinizing more strictly those entering the U.S. As attorney general, he'd be well positioned to turn those ideas into reality. Immigration laws are enforced by other agencies, but the Justice Department plays a crucial role in setting the policies and legal underpinnings that shape the system. And if Donald Trump sticks with his campaign promises, immigration will be a top priority for his administration. As the nation's top law enforcement official, Sessions could execute maneuvers to limit which nationalities the U.S. would accept as refugees and to reverse a federal policy that protects young people from deportation.