Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Florida Supreme Court Sides with Governor DeSantis as they Approve his Request for Statewide Grand Jury on Immigration

This week, the Florida Supreme Court approved Governor Ron DeSantis’ request to establish a statewide grand jury to investigate issues related to immigration, such as the smuggling of undocumented immigrants into the state. Justices unanimously decided that the grand jury would be implemented for a year in the 10th Judicial Circuit, consisting of Polk, Hardee, […]

Migrant Worker Awarded $650,000 in Damages After a Win in Retaliation Case

This week, a federal jury in Boston ruled that Tara Construction retaliated against a migrant worker by reporting him to immigration officials. They attempted to get him deported after getting severely injured on the job. The court awarded the man $650,000 in damages.  José Martin Paz Flores, 42, was recovering from surgery after falling off […]

The Landmark Case that Ensured Education for Undocumented Children Reaches its 40th Anniversary

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court ruling that ensured that undocumented children living in the U.S. could access public education. The historic case has paved the way for other legal pathways, such as the DREAM ACT and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA. In […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants, Claims Judiciary Has a Limited Role to Play

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling against a Georgia man who has lived in the U.S. for decades and faces deportation after he checked the wrong box in the driver’s license application. The ruling makes it more difficult for non-citizens facing deportation to get a federal court to review factual determinations made […]

ICE Has Been Stealing Data from Thousands of People, Reports Shows

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been using a surveillance system designed to spy on most people residing in the U.S., according to a two-year investigation by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology. The report found that ICE had been operating the surveillance system with minimal public oversight, often violating state privacy laws. […]

Decrease of Immigrant Labor in the U.S. Contributes to Inflation

After immigration to the U.S. was slowed down during the Trump Administration – and almost completely stopped for 18 months during the COVID-19 pandemic – the country is now suffering a labor shortage. It is estimated that the U.S. has 2 million fewer immigrants than it would have otherwise, which has caused a shortage of […]

Texas Governor Announces Plans to Send Undocumented Immigrants from Texas to Washington D.C.

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C) declared the ending of the “Title 42” order, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he will start sending undocumented immigrants to Washington D.C by bus or plane if they are willing to go. In a news conference last week, Abbott said local leaders in Texas are tired […]

The U.S. Can No Longer Deport Migrant Families to Countries Where They Could be Harmed

Last week, a federal court affirmed the government’s authority to expel migrants under the rump-era “Title 42” order but prohibited border officials from deporting families to countries where they might face persecution. Title 42 was first invoked because of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) back in March 2020. […]

Modern-Day Slavery Operation Uncovered, Thousands of Migrants Exploited in South Georgia.

For years, Mexican and Central American laborers have been brought to the U.S. to work on Georgia farms as modern-day slaves. About two dozen human traffickers, who were part of the crime ring that enslaved the workers, are all facing felony charges, which include mail fraud and mail fraud conspiracy, forced labor and forced labor […]

Democrats Battling to Include Immigration in the Build Back Better Act

Senate Democrats have made their third attempt to include immigration procedures in the Build Back Better Act using a technical procedure. The process is called budget reconciliation, meaning the bill could pass with a simple majority of 51 votes and not require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. It will determine whether Democrats can positively […]