The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound impacts on the immigration detention system and the immigration courts. On this page you will find updates related to detention, release from detention, the operation of the immigration courts, and legal arguments related to COVID-19.
Only 14% of detained immigrants have an attorney. We are mobilizing attorneys nationwide to stand alongside immigrants in court. Watch our introduction video here.
“My client is a gay man who was persecuted in his home country because of his sexuality. He was beaten repeatedly, but the police did nothing. The government in his country implicitly condones violence against gay men so he had no legal recourse. Then, his partner was murdered. Fearing for his life, my client escaped to the United States.”
On June 15, 2020, the Trump Administration published a new proposed regulation that, if implemented, would decimate the U.S. asylum system. Send a comment to the government highlighting why this rule would be disastrous for those in need of protection. We strongly encourage you to personalize your comment if you are able, as the government gives more weight to unique comments.
In the News
Daily Beast, June 26, 2020
Advocates warn of more immigrant deaths without ICE action
Associated Press, May 7, 2020
Immigration groups sue Trump administration for keeping courts open amid coronavirus
The Hill, March 31, 2020
ICE Detainees Were Held Without Bond Hearings For Months. Attorneys Worry It Will Get Worse.
Buzzfeed, February 13, 2020
My city used to welcome refugees. ‘Remain in Mexico’ means we can’t anymore.
Washington Post, November 19, 2019
Many moms say kid’s health worsened in immigration custody
Associated Press, September 4, 2019
Medical Care For Immigrants Is Only Getting Worse At An ICE Detention Center, Advocates Say
BuzzFeed, June 11, 2019
Lawyers slam ‘Wild West’ atmosphere in Texas immigration court
CNN, April 3, 2019
Complaint: El Paso immigration judges violate due process
Associated Press, April 3, 2019
Freedom for Immigrants recently shared their volunteer opportunities for non-attorneys to support people who are or have been in immigration detention and report human rights violations. Both remote and on-the-ground volunteer options were discussed, such as: answering hotline calls, corresponding by mail, sponsoring & supporting individuals upon release, and advocating for policy change.
Seven months after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued Matter of A-B-, expert practitioners discuss how the decision has been implemented, trends at all levels of adjudication, and legal arguments and strategies for a post-A-B- world. Download the slides for the webinar.
Find the latest blogs on topics related to asylum and removal defense on ThinkImmigration, the official blog of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
The Justice Campaign partners with legal service providers and pro bono representation projects nationwide that screen immigrant detainees and refer eligible cases to our nationwide network of pro bono attorneys.
Fighting Together for a Fair Day in Court
Only 14% of detained immigrants have an attorney.
We are mobilizing attorneys nationwide to stand alongside immigrants in court.
The American Immigration Council warns non-citizens to guard against spoofing phone calls from ill-intended individuals seeking to create panic among our immigrant community. To learn more, please go to scam.immigrationcouncil.org.