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Domestic and Gang Violence Claims After Matter of A-B-: Reactions to the Case and Strategies for Success

  • By: Courtney May and Stephen Yale-Loehr
  • Date: 11/06/20

"This article considers the practical effect of Matter of A-B-. Section I summarizes our research methods and our national survey of immigration attorneys. Section II addresses Matter of A-B-’s effect on case-by-case decision-making in asylum cases. Section III describes how federal courts have interpreted Matter of A-B-. Section IV characterizes interpretations of the case by immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Section V identifies strategies for domestic and gang violence claims after Matter of A-B-. Section VI describes a new proposed rule that may further change the post-Matter of A-B- asylum landscape. The article concludes that Matter of A-B– makes asylum claims based on domestic and gang violence more difficult but not impossible."

Matter of Negusie 28 I&N Dec.120 (A.G. 2020)

  • By: U.S. Department of "Justice" Office of the Attorney General
  • Date: 11/06/20

The Attorney General has issued a decision in Matter of NEGUSIE, 28 I&N Dec. 120 (A.G. 2020).

(1) The bar to eligibility for asylum and withholding of removal based on the persecution of others does not include an exception for coercion or duress.

(2) The Department of Homeland Security does not have an evidentiary burden to show that an applicant is ineligible for asylum and withholding of removal based on the persecution of others. If evidence in the record indicates the persecutor bar may apply, the applicant bears the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that it does not.

Expedited Removal Fact Sheet

  • By: Legal Aid Society - New York
  • Date: 11/06/20

Expedited removal is a way for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove (deport)
people from the U.S. quickly and without giving them an opportunity to appear before an
immigration judge. This fact sheet has questions and answers in English and Spanish

Public Charge Update (Nov. 3, 2020)

  • By: Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Date: 11/03/20

"On November 3, 2020, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the government should be able to continue applying the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule, just two days after a federal district court had vacated the rule. This means U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may continue to apply the new rule, including requiring submission of Form I-944."

Immigrant Rights Voices

  • By: NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic and the New Sanctuary Coalition
  • Date: 11/02/20

An interactive map documenting over a thousand instances of retaliation against immigrant rights defenders by numerous federal government agencies and highlights the personal accounts of immigrant rights leaders who have been arrested, jailed, surveilled, and deported for their activism.

Defund Racist Law Enforcement: Police, ICE, and CBP

  • By: Detention Watch Network, United We Dream
  • Date: 11/02/20

How local and state law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement agencies work together to uphold white supremacy through the terrorizing and incarceration of Black and brown communities.

Evidence Shows That Most Immigrants Appear for Immigration Court Hearings

  • By: Vera Institute of Justice
  • Date: 11/02/20

This fact sheet reviews work from Vera’s programs and related studies produced by independent researchers whose analyses of government data show that over the past two decades the overwhelming majority of immigrants have shown up for court. Many who received orders of removal in absentia did so because of flaws in the overburdened and politicized immigration court system.

COVID-Related Objections in Immigration Court

  • By: The Legal Aid Society (New York)
  • Date: 11/02/20

Practice tips for immigration court. 

Beyond Asylum: Deportation Relief During the Trump Administration

  • By: TRAC
  • Date: 11/02/20

In this report, TRAC examines lesser known—but nonetheless important—forms of relief in the Immigration Court.

100+ Policy Changes that Have Devastated Immigrants and Asylum Seekers

  • By: University of San Francisco School of Law, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Date: 11/02/20

This report breaks down how every aspect of the immigration system is being dismantled: preventing people from even entering the country; denying legal status to those who apply for it; taking away legal status from those who had it; eliminating process protections in how people are treated by the immigration agencies; detaining, deporting and terrorizing immigrant communities; and retaliating against anyone who speaks out against these policies.

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