Mich. Judge Drops DACA Holders' Travel Permit Suit 1 Immigration News Mich. Judge Drops DACA Holders' Travel Permit Suit

By Jennifer Doherty (October 22, 2021, 9:20 PM EDT) — A Michigan federal judge rejected two brothers’ claims that their due process and religious freedom rights were violated when they were denied travel authorization to Mexico for their grandfather’s funeral, saying that they had no recourse against the officials involved.Gonzalo and Efren Valle Arrizon are enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, which safeguards against deportation certain individuals who were brought illegally to the U.S. as minors. According to Judge Hala Y. Jarbou, the brothers’ due process claims against U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents who blocked them from applying for emergency travel documents failed to state a…

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GOP Sens. Want Afghan Special Visa Program Failings Probed 2 Immigration News GOP Sens. Want Afghan Special Visa Program Failings Probed

By Hailey Konnath (October 22, 2021, 8:48 PM EDT) — A trio of Senate Republicans on Thursday called for an investigation into shortcomings in the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program, pointing to thousands of SIV applicants who were “shamefully” left behind in the United States’ “chaotic and haphazard” exit from Afghanistan.Sens. Jim Risch, R-Idaho; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, penned a letter to the inspectors general for the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Agency for International Development. The senators asked for a joint review and audit of the program, under which former U.S. government employees and their spouses…

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PAE Loses Latest Protest Of $1.4B CBP Aircraft Service Deal 3 Immigration News PAE Loses Latest Protest Of $1.4B CBP Aircraft Service Deal

By Grace Dixon (October 22, 2021, 7:32 PM EDT) — The Court of Federal Claims has affirmed a U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s award of a $1.36 billion aircraft maintenance contract to DynCorp International, rebutting a competitor’s claims that the agency unfairly evaluated its proposal.Judge Loren A. Smith found that the customs agency reasonably explained a decision to dock PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC’s proposal for failing to explain a provision anticipating a reduction in labor hours down the line. The opinion, unsealed on Thursday, marks the third time PAE has tried and failed to contest the contract award.”Simply put, the agency’s [technical evaluation team] report shows that…

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Biden Asylum Rule Spurs Criticism, Even From Supporters 4 Immigration News Biden Asylum Rule Spurs Criticism, Even From Supporters

By Mike LaSusa (October 22, 2021, 4:20 PM EDT) — President Joe Biden’s plan to slash immigration court backlogs by authorizing asylum officers to decide some requests for protection at the border has drawn criticism from those who fundamentally oppose the proposed rule, as well as from backers who say it could be improved.The proposed regulation, issued Aug. 18 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice, would empower asylum officers to approve or deny asylum applications and other requests for protection from migrants who are placed into expedited removal proceedings.That would be a change from the current system, which funnels such claims to…

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Feds Say DC Court Wrong To Narrow Power To Expel Migrants 5 Immigration News Feds Say DC Court Wrong To Narrow Power To Expel Migrants

By Grace Dixon (October 22, 2021, 4:13 PM EDT) — The federal government urged the D.C. Circuit to erase a lower court’s injunction blocking its use of a public health law to expel migrant families, arguing that the lower court interpreted its powers under the authority too narrowly.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security argued Thursday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s renewed order instructing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to expel migrant families in hopes of hampering the spread of COVID-19 within the country not only allows the agency to turn away migrants at the border, but also lets it oust those who have already crossed into…

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Feds Pledge 'Most Aggressive' Effort Yet To Tackle Redlining 6 Immigration News Feds Pledge 'Most Aggressive' Effort Yet To Tackle Redlining

By Jon Hill (October 22, 2021, 2:31 PM EDT) — The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that it is teaming up with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to launch what they are calling the “most aggressive” effort yet to combat mortgage lending discrimination, unveiling a seven-figure settlement with Trustmark National Bank and foreshadowing more cases to come.At a press conference in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Merrick Garland appeared with the heads of the CFPB and OCC to announce a vigorous campaign of investigations and enforcement aimed at rooting out redlining, a form of illegal, race-based discrimination in real estate lending that…

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Immigration Judges Can Nix Removal Cases, 4th Circ. Says 7 Immigration News Immigration Judges Can Nix Removal Cases, 4th Circ. Says

By Jennifer Doherty (October 21, 2021, 11:09 PM EDT) — A unanimous Fourth Circuit panel on Wednesday brushed aside a 2018 ruling by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions that stripped immigration judges of their power to toss deportation cases, reviving a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient’s appeal of a removal order.Citing two federal regulations which state that immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals “may take any action … appropriate and necessary for the disposition” of cases, the three-judge panel vacated a 2020 BIA ruling against Javier Chavez Gonzalez, who was placed in removal proceedings after he pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge.”Termination of proceedings certainly falls…

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Texas, Missouri Sue To Force Biden To Build Border Wall 8 Immigration News Texas, Missouri Sue To Force Biden To Build Border Wall

By Hailey Konnath (October 21, 2021, 10:20 PM EDT) — Texas and Missouri on Thursday asked a Lone Star State federal court to force President Joe Biden to restart construction on the Southern border wall, arguing that his administration broke the law when it halted construction even though Congress already designated billions for the project.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in their suit that the Biden administration’s refusal to use those funds on the project violates the separation of powers and the Constitution. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s termination of construction contracts also goes against the department’s own research, which found that the…

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Anti-Immigration Group Asks Justices To Nix Bond Hearings 9 Immigration News Anti-Immigration Group Asks Justices To Nix Bond Hearings

By Matthew Santoni (October 21, 2021, 8:33 PM EDT) — Advocates of drastically reduced immigration urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn decisions in the Third and Ninth circuits that said migrants who have been detained more than six months should get a bond review hearing.The Immigration Reform Law Institute, or IRLI, a “supporting organization” for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed an amicus brief in a pair of cases pending before the justices over whether Section 1231(a)(6) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows immigrants who have been detained while challenging their deportation orders to get a bond review after six months and potentially be freed…

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High Court Urged To Reverse 'Impossible' Review Standard 10 Immigration News High Court Urged To Reverse 'Impossible' Review Standard

By Grace Dixon (October 21, 2021, 6:55 PM EDT) — A coalition of conservationists and ranchers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit ruling that the federal government need not subject immigration policies to environmental review, saying it created an “impossible” standard for challenging immigration programs.Backed by the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for reduced immigration, the coalition urged the high court to revive their claims against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They say the Ninth Circuit’s refusal to link looser immigration policies to increased immigration and environmental degradation, despite the surfeit of evidence offered to the contrary, set an unattainably high bar for establishing…

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