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  • Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute

    Supreme Court limits reach of tax crime statute

    Immigration Law 03/20/2018

    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to make it harder for the federal government to use a section of tax law to convict someone of obstruction.The government had interpreted a section of the tax code to give it a broad ability to charge someone with ob...

  • Supreme Court agrees to hear immigration law detention case

    Supreme Court agrees to hear immigration law detention case

    Immigration Law 03/18/2018

    The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether federal immigration law gives the government the power to indefinitely detain any noncitizen it is considering deporting if the person previously committed certain crimes.The Supreme Court agreed Monday ...

  • Supreme Court declines to take up 'Dreamers' case for now

    Supreme Court declines to take up 'Dreamers' case for now

    Immigration Law 02/26/2018

    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to bypass a federals appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation....

  • Myanmar court extends detention for 2 Reuters reporters

    Myanmar court extends detention for 2 Reuters reporters

    Immigration Law 12/26/2017

    A court in Myanmar extended the detention of two Reuters journalists on Wednesday and set their trial for Jan. 10 on charges of violating state secrets.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 for acquiring "important secret papers" from two pol...

  • Travel ban is headed back to a federal appeals court in Virginia

    Travel ban is headed back to a federal appeals court in Virginia

    Immigration Law 12/14/2017

    Thirteen judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be asked to decide if the ban violates the constitution by discriminating against Muslims, as opponents say, or is necessary to protect national security, as the Trump administration says....

  • Court gives government a win in young immigrants' cases

    Court gives government a win in young immigrants' cases

    Immigration Law 10/26/2017

    A federal appeals court handed the U.S. government a victory Tuesday in its fight against lawsuits opposing a decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan directed Broo...

  • Court: Detained immigrant children entitled to court hearing

    Court: Detained immigrant children entitled to court hearing

    Immigration Law 07/13/2017

    Immigrant children who cross the border without their parents have the right to a court hearing to challenge any decision to detain them instead of turning them over to family in the U.S., a federal appeals court said Wednesday.The 9th U.S. Circuit C...

  • High court could soon signal view on Trump immigration plans

    High court could soon signal view on Trump immigration plans

    Immigration Law 05/23/2017

    Supreme Court decisions in a half-dozen cases dealing with immigration over the next two months could reveal how the justices might evaluate Trump administration actions on immigration, especially stepped-up deportations. Some of those cases could be...

  • Volunteers accompany US immigrants to court to allay fears

    Volunteers accompany US immigrants to court to allay fears

    Immigration Law 04/23/2017

    When Salvadoran immigrant Joselin Marroquin-Torres became flustered in front of a federal immigration judge in New York and forgot to give her asylum application, a woman she had just met stood up to provide it. "Thank you," the judge said. "What is ...

  • Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems

    Immigration courts: record number of cases, many problems

    Immigration Law 03/23/2017

    Everyone was in place for the hearing in Atlanta immigration court: the Guinean man hoping to stay in the U.S., his attorney, a prosecutor, a translator and the judge. But because of some missing paperwork, it was all for nothing. When the government...

  • Court: Sheriff exempt from releasing immigration records

    Court: Sheriff exempt from releasing immigration records

    Immigration Law 02/23/2017

    Milwaukee's sheriff does not have to release information on people at his jail suspected of being in the country illegally because the federal government prohibits it, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday. The 4-2 decision from the court's conser...

  • Immigration courts to focus on detainees, not kids' cases

    Immigration courts to focus on detainees, not kids' cases

    Immigration Law 02/13/2017

    U.S. immigration courts are making a change to focus on deportation hearings for immigrants jailed by the federal government, giving less urgency to cases of children and families who were stopped on the U.S.-Mexico border and released. Chief Immigra...

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