While most immigration news remains grim (like nothing in the budget for DACA), two families celebrated reunions this week. The first: Perla Morales-Luna, whose arrest went viral onYouTube after immigration agents dragged her away from her crying daughters. The second: the father, professor, scientist, and 30+ year U.S. resident, who was arrested outside his home in Kansas
In other news today; the immigration detention case granted cert on Monday, a proposal to make César Chavez’s birthay “National Border Control Day,” Greyhound bus searches by the Border Patrol, and H1-B processing slows.
National City mother in viral arrest video released from immigration detention (San Diego Union Tribune, 3/20/18)
“Since her arrest, Morales-Luna had been held at Otay Mesa Detention Center, and a relative has been taking care of her daughters — ages 17, 15, and 12.
“Before the bond hearing, her legal team submitted a 72-page packet of letters and other evidence about her character and participation in the community. It included a letter from National City Mayor Ron Morrison.”
Lawrence father Sayed Jamal freed from jail as immigration case continues (Lawrence Journal-World, 3/21/18)
“Syed Jamal had not hugged his children since Jan. 24, when Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents arrested the 55-year-old scientist outside his Lawrence home.
“On that morning, Jamal didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to his wife and three kids as ICE officers put him in handcuffs and hauled him off to a Missouri detention center.”
And in other news
Supreme Court to hear another immigration imprisonment case (crImmigration blog, 3/20/18) In this blog post, attorney César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández explains the case granted certiorari by the Supreme Court this week.
“In Nielsen v. Preap, No. 14-16326, the Court will decide whether ICE is required to detain migrants who have served their jail or prison time for a laundry list of crimes and have successfully resettled in the community. The federal government argues that Congress mandates their detention. In its petition to the Supreme Court, the government argued that INA § 236(c), 8 U.S.C. § 1226(c), mandates detention of anyone who has been convicted of just about all the crime-based grounds of removal. In the government’s view, almost everyone who is potentially removable from the United States because of a criminal conviction must be detained while an immigration judge decides whether he will in fact be removed.
“As with Mony Preap, a refugee who fled to the United States to escape the Khmer Rouge and has been a lawful permanent resident since 1981, often potential removable based on criminal convictions involves minor offenses. Preap was convicted twice of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.”
Hispanic Caucus lashes out at Gohmert over Cesar Chavez comments (The Hill, 3/21/18)
“Hispanic Democrats on Wednesday panned a Texas lawmaker’s proposal to declare Latino civil rights pioneer César Chavez’s birthday “National Border Control Day.”…
“For Rep. Gohmert to twist and warp the legacy of César Chávez is offensive, shameful and beyond the pale of normal logic,” said Lujan Grisham.”
ACLU asks Greyhound to put a stop to federal immigration checks on its buses (Portland Press Herald, 3/21/18)
“ACLU affiliates in California, Texas, Washington, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida and Arizona also signed the letter.
“These intrusive encounters often evince a blatant disregard for passengers’ constitutional rights and have even resulted in CBP agents removing passengers from buses and arresting them,” the letter states. “Greyhound’s cooperation with CBP is unnecessarily facilitating the violation of its passengers’ rights.”
Immigration agency to suspend fast processing for some H-1B visas (San Francisco Chronicle, 3/2018)
“The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday that it will temporarily suspend fast processing for H-1B visa applications from for-profit companies until Sept. 10.”