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We were just notified that a young client has died of terminal cancer. You might think this sad news finish an immigration attorney's duties here--but, no.

If I am unable to prove his passing to the #immigrationcourt, my client's file will close with an order of deportation.
For as absurd as it sounds, this isn't an unreasonable policy. While I knew he was facing a terminal illness I have nothing but an extended relative's word, and it's not inconceivable that someone would fake death to avoid deportation
*would finish
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Just had to file my first application for an ICE detainee who entered the US after 7/16/19 & is now barred from #asylum (but still technically eligible for lesser forms of protection) under new Trump rule.

Said it before, but again: this is illegal, & it will get people killed.
The case will now be reviewed for a 51% chance of persecution rather than 10%. (Yes, the law really does reduce these life & death cases to betting odds.) Being barred from #asylum also means no chance of truly permanent status or pathway to citizenship.

All very much the intent
FYI my client presented near the Texas border seeking asylum & was immediately detained and flown to a county jail in Plymouth, Mass to await review by an #immigrationcourt.

You may have heard nativists talk about the "high costs of illegal immigration" ? This is the biggest one
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1/ I just read through the new proposed rules for #asylum-based employment authorization while waiting in #immigrationcourt with a 16-year-old asylum seeker, and I'm just so tired and angry that this seems like a good time to tell you how bad it is.

It's bad.

2/ This opening sentence says everything.

In Trumpworld, the only possible reason anyone would file an application for #asylum is to get a work permit, and most of them are probably criminals.
3/ Under current regulation, #asylum applicants can't file for a work permit until their cases have been pending 180 days. (Under current processing times, they receive it about 30 days later.) This rule would double that to a full year.
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Appealing deportation orders is about to cost about three times as much as the actual value of my car
The current #immigrationcourt fee is $110.

AFAIK, the cost to appeal some visas through USCIS is the most expensive appellate fee anywhere in the U.S. right now. This raises even that by $325, and will deny access to justice for some of the most vulnerable people in the system.
("Raises" in the poker sense, I haven't seen any indication that the $675 AAO fee is changing.)
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sometimes I just get overwhelmed by how regular and normal our country is

#asylum #immigrationcourt
just regular judge stuff
I feel for the court interpreter whose actual job depended on repeating these words in Spanish. I hope they made this tirade sound a little better, somehow
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An imm. judge just denied my asylum-seeking client's bond bc he didn't have ID.

He does, though. He came to the US w/photo ID, but ICE took it at the border... and now says they don't have it.

We have a week to come up with something & try for bond again.

My client told us that ICE had his ID, and I just had to trust that they did. They usually do.

We just have no lawful right to confirm that. This is what a court system with no right to discovery looks like.

#Immigrationcourts need to be brought into the judicial branch ASAP.
(To be clear, the court allowed us to w/draw the bond request without prejudice, rather than denying it. This allows us to try again next time if we can come up with anything resembling ID.)
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Waiting on my client in the #immigrationcourt detained docket, & ICE just brought this scared kid in in cuffs and chains. He has to be 18 to be here, but he doesn't look like he's much more than 15

Like most detainees, he is here w/o a lawyer & likely won't be able to afford one
He is here to file his application for asylum, which he has done his best to prepare himself. The judge gives him the standard warnings for asylum applicants & schedules a hearing.

"You can continue to look for an attorney to represent you."

They can certainly look.
"Have you been given the list of free or low-cost legal services?"

He nods.


"Yes, sir."

Every organization on that list is outstanding, but they can't take most of these cases. They are just a bucket in the ocean.
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"I can't go back," my client told me as soon as he sat down at the table in ICE detention.

"They will kill me."

I believed him.

The judge agreed that they probably would kill him, just before he denied his asylum claim.

He was deported.

They did.

I just found out today.
I've been doing Central American asylum cases since 2006. I live in an immigrant neighborhood, and have personally met hundreds of asylum seekers. These stories, the fear, the danger--all real.

Real enough to send these people to our borders even knowing how they'll be treated.
Imm. Judge Dana Marks calls asylum "death penalty defense in traffic court." That's too true. I've always thought of this as death penalty work. It keeps me going.

I'm certain that other cases I couldn't win for my clients have ended this way.

I just never knew for sure.
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1/ As you may have read by now, the DOJ linked a hateful post on a well-known white supremacist website dedicated for decades almost entirely to xenophobia as recommended reading for 500+ US immigration judges.

How much does this suck? An investigation…
2/ I've been checking in on VDare for years. It's about as openly hateful as openly neo-Nazi sites like Stormfront, the Daily Stormer, etc. No one who has spent any time in Immigrationland wouldn't know what it is & what it stands for. (Today's top headline for reference)
3/ DOJ's official explanation seems to infer that some outside contractor is responsible for getting these daily news briefs out based on keywords. OK. But why does this contractor's acceptable list of sources include at least one well-known hate site? And no human supervision?
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1/ Yesterday I provided some context for yesterday's unprecedented #ICERaids which detained ~700 undocumented workers.

Now let's look at how a major legal change by the Trump administration plays into this, & what it means for what's coming…
2/ First, ICYMI here's yesterday's thread on the historic, social, and economic context of these raids. (I thought the legal analysis deserved its own space.)

3/ Before last month, anyone found in our borders had to be given a chance to appear in #immigrationcourt to defend themselves from deportation. And while our #immigrationcourts have their own problems, they're still better than literally nothing--which is what many will now get
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1/ The latest threat of #ICERaids may have been delayed, but now I'm seeing claims that every family on this list either "skipped out" on a scheduled #immigrationcourt date or "had their day in court."

Would you be surprised to learn that it's not so simple?
2/ But first: most families released from the border have returned to court as ordered. The acting head of CBP recently testified that 90% were *not* appearing, but he got it backwards. It's the other way. Here's reliable info from TRAC, the apolitical Switzerland of imm stats
3/ And people with attorneys--most of whom are privately retained, w/none provided by the court--make it to #immigrationcourt going on 99% of the time. (Just one of many reasons to provide attorneys to people in deportation proceedings, but another thread for another time)
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We now know that ICE has planned mass arrests for this weekend and likely into next week. These ARE NOT GENERAL RAIDS. They will not be random. Here's what they will be, and what you can do.
2/ The intended targets (and their legal advocates) have reason to know who they are:

--Anyone who has missed an immigration court date or

--Has received a final order of removal, from an immigration judge or at the border
--Anyone living in their homes.

That's all. That's it
3/ Recent entrants (2017 and onward) are at the most risk given the message ICE appears to be trying to send with this.

This may amount to thousands of people nationwide, but it's not "millions"--and it's not "ICE raids" in the way that you might be thinking of them.
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1/ Today I'm in the #Boston USCIS office trying to--well, more on that in a minute, but I'm trying to do a thing that can only be done in person, and which would have been as easy as walking in and asking for a cashier just a few months ago. Here's how it's gone so far.
2/ USCIS used to offer "Infopass" appointments, a sort of 15-minute slot where you can sit down with an actual USCIS employee to check in on your case, clear up issues, get a stamp in your passport or emergency travel privileges, etc. You could schedule them online

I miss them
3/ Instead of scheduling these #immigration appointments online (or even walking in for emergencies and/or paying fees as I am today) you now have to schedule everything on the phone. This means at least 20 minutes of interminable flute loops before reaching a human.
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1/ Spent the AM listening to @slate's reading of the lowlights of the #MuellerReport. Now waiting my turn watching some of my most disadvantaged neighbors grind through the broken machinery of the #Boston "justice" system.

Sing in me, Muse, of my righteous fucking fury

2/ The #MuellerReport explains in detail how the U.S. President worked to actively obstruct an active and open federal investigation w/o consequence.

Here in the #Boston Municipal Court, a group of young men are about to go to jail for riding dirtbikes on the highway.
3/ The #MuellerReport proves that the Trump campaign was lousy w/Russian contacts, & that the President's son was desperately thirsty for stolen oppo.

Here in the BMC, a DA is explaining to the judge why he needs more time to prosecute a deaf homeless man for a minor drug crime.
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1/ "How many lawyers you got?"


I hope he's got a good one on call, but in the meantime this one is here to explain a few things about what we know about his immigration situation and where his case is likely headed…
2/ First: It does seem to be confirmed that #21Savage was born in the Caribbean nation of Dominica, a "Commonwealth" country with remaining ties to the UK which entitle certain citizens to British passports.…
3/ ICE claims that #21Savage overstayed his visa and has no lawful immigration status.

Let's say just for purposes of this thread they're correct. This would be very, very bad for him.
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1/ THREAD: New details on the Trump #remaininmexico #asylum plan out now, and it's so much worse than I was expecting. This is an illegal, immoral, unconscionable human rights disaster in the making. Let's talk about what this is and how it's going to get people killed.
2/ Context: Asylum seekers in Tijuana and other border towns are being "metered" by an illegal system which requires them to take numbers on a list and wait their turn (sometimes months) to lawfully enter the US to seek asylum. This is already bad enough.…
3/ Even before Trump, the nativist right was obsessed with the idea of making #CentralAmerican asylum seekers wait outside the US for the many years that it can often take to get these cases to a final hearing. This administration was all too willing to give it a try.
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If you're ever up for listening in on what your local Deep State is up to, may I recommend one of my favorite eateries in #Boston: the cafe in the JFK fed. building. Decent, reasonably-priced food with a nice view and plenty of space to relax while waiting for #immigrationcourt
1/ Two VA managers are having a lunch meeting nearby, talking through how to deliver faster/better services to a 94-year-old veteran & review implementation of a new process.

A USCIS officer is having a quick salad before another round of immigration interviews. In + out in 10
2/ Friends, this is your actual "Deep State."

Career public servants who take pride in keeping their agencies on mission and making the best use of tax dollars doing it, no matter the President or policies. Dedication, commitment, and institutional knowledge. We can't lose them.
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1/ Live-tweeting from the Boston immigration court's detained docket:

Detainee is on video. I can't see his face but he has a heavy Massachusetts accent--you'd never know he wasn't born here. He is seeking bond.
2/ He has a series of drug-related convictions together with a record consistent with an addiction. Judge leaves his bond at "no bond" without hearing from him.
3/ Like most people on the detained docket, he doesn't have and can't afford a lawyer. (No appointed counsel here.) He is now speaking for himself.
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Yesterday #ICE physically restrained my client just outside the #EastBoston District Court clerk's office immediately after he made bail. The chief of probation said it was the first time in 40 yrs immigration authorities had actually entered the courthouse.
2/ He is 21 years old. No crim record. 1 month away from a greencard. Facing serious harm if deported.

We had done everything possible to keep him from #ICE, but even the #Boston #TrustAct could not protect him.

This is a problem.

@LydiaMEdwards @marty_walsh @adrianmadaro
3/ Even when they are on a state-issued GPS bracelet, ICE officers will cut the bracelet off and toss it back onto a probation officer's desk. Even so, probation told me that they are officially "neutral" on #ICE actions. I tried to explain that there is no "neutral" here.
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The horrific #Goodlatte #immigration bill soon up for debate isn't something to be "compromised" with. It's a harsh, intentional, irrevocable shift Trumpward.

Shred it.

Burn the ashes.

Scatter them upon the Antarctic plains.

Here are just a few of many reasons.
(1) CRIMINALIZATION of unlawful presence in the United States: White supremacy writ into law. For past 228 years, simply *being in U.S.* w/o permission was a civil offense w/no consequence other than deportation.
(NB: This was quickly rejected in 2005, but much more likely now)

Even @Heritage, which otherwise mostly likes the bill, balked at this as "hard to justify." You don't say.
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