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Trump Defies Congress by Declaring a State of Emergency on Southern Border and Is Immediately Sued by Multiple Parties

February 21, 2019|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

Despite the fact that Congress refused to fund President Trump’s border wall and the fact that there was abundant evidence that no actual emergency exists, Trump declared a state of emergency on the southern border on February 15, 2019. Within hours of the announcement, interested parties started to file lawsuits- including immigrant rights activists, property rights activists, environmentalists, state officials, and Democratic senators and congressmen. Although the President has a large amount of latitude to issue national emergencies,

Dispelling Three of the Most Common Myths About Asylum

February 12, 2019|Contributed by: Amber Blasingame, Esq.

The United States recognizes the right of asylum. A person who is facing a credible threat of persecution in their home country may be eligible to obtain asylum in the United States. As explained by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a migrant can apply for asylum no matter their country of origin and no matter their current immigration status.
Unfortunately, many people have false beliefs about asylum applicants and the asylum process.

Census Data: Immigration Helping to Drive Population Growth in Colorado

February 5, 2019|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

On December 19th, 2018, the United States Census Bureau released its latest national and state population estimate statistics. Colorado remains one of the fastest growing states in the entire country. According to the Census Bureau, Colorado had the seventh largest numeric population growth from 2017 to 2018 (79,622 people), and it had the sixth fastest percentage growth rate (1.4% population increase).
Notably, similar to many of the other rapidly growing U.S. states, Colorado’s population growth has been driven in large part by immigration.

Trump’s New Asylum Policy

January 29, 2019|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

The Trump administration has come up with yet another way to attempt to limit the ability of asylum-seekers to safely enter the U.S. and request asylum. The Department of Homeland Security has said that starting as early as January 25, 2019, U.S. immigration officials will begin forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed. Under this plan, asylum seekers will be processed by immigration officials and then returned to Tijuana.

Third Circuit: Bad Advice from Notario Not Enough to Reopen Removal Order

January 28, 2019|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Last week in Jean Louis v. Attorney General, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reopen an immigration case. Mr. Jean Louis had been told by an “immigration expert” who Mr. Jean Louis believed as an attorney that he did not have to go to his asylum hearing because he was going to apply for residence through a marriage. After failing to go to the hearing relying on the “expert” advice, Mr.

The Supreme Court Declines to Hear DACA Case – At Least For Now

January 28, 2019|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

President Donald Trump’s expectations that the Supreme Court would hand him a win in talks over the government shutdown have been dashed. On Tuesday, January 22, the Justices took no action Tuesday on a case before them concerning the legality of the administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The inaction effectively allows current DACA recipients to continue to renew their protections every two years. The Supreme Court’s schedule is now full for the year,

Colorado Judge: El Paso County Cannot Hold Immigrants for ICE

January 15, 2019|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

According to reporting from The Denver Channel, Colorado District Court Judge Eric Bentley recently ruled that the El Paso County sheriff violated state law by holding people who were suspected to be in the country illegally. Immigrants were being held for ICE even after their Colorado case had already been fully resolved. Judge Bentley determined that this is forbidden by state law. Here, our Denver deportation defense lawyers provide an overview of this case and explain the implications of the decision.

What is the government shutdown, and what does it mean for my immigration case?

December 30, 2018|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

What is the government shutdown?
As of midnight Friday, December 21, 2018, the U.S. federal government shut down due to a lapse in funding, fueled in large part by Trump’s demand for an expensive, environmentally damaging border wall between the United States and Mexico.
What does this mean?
The shutdown means that a number of federal agencies and offices will be closed altogether, staffed without pay, or partially staffed without pay until the government reopens. Even for the agencies and offices that remain open,

Supreme Court Blocks Trump’s Asylum Restrictions

December 21, 2018|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

Before the midterm elections, President Trump spoke continuously on the group of migrants coming from Central America toward the U.S.-Mexico border. On November 8 the Trump administration issued a proclamation stating that individuals who cross the U.S.-Mexico border without inspection at an area other than a designated port of entry would no longer be eligible to apply for asylum.
Advocacy groups immediately asked a federal court to enjoin the Trump Administration from imposing this restriction and their request was granted.

Potential Government Shutdown’s Immigration Impact

December 21, 2018|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

For most of the week, it appeared that Congress would pass a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown. Then, on December 20, the President informed House leadership that he would not sign a funding bill without $5 billion for a wall. Because it appears unlikely that any such bill will pass the Senate, we seem to be headed for a shutdown.
It is unclear how long any shutdown will last.  But during any shutdown, government personnel deemed “essential” will continue to work. 

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