Far from the border, Chicago's Immigration Court reveals the failings of the nation's asylum system.
After a judge blocked the administration's attempt to categorically deny asylum to those fleeing domestic violence and gang violence, administration officials acquiesced and sent out new guidance to asylum officers and immigration judges.
The administration is failing to meet guarantees on the immigration court backlog and deportations.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions "unlawfully and arbitrarily imposed a heightened standard" blocking escapees from violence from seeking refuge in the United States, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
In his ruling, Judge Emmet Sullivan argued that the government ought to consider asylum requests on a case-by-case basis.
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In his last act as attorney general, Jeff Sessions severely limited the Department of Justice's oversight of police departments in places like Elkhart, Indiana.
Advocates argue that asylum seekers aren't just fleeing domestic abuse—they're fleeing gender-based violence.
Before leaving office, Sessions signed an order to ensure that the Department of Justice disengaged from its role in investigating and reforming police departments that repeatedly violate citizens' civil rights.
Here's how Sessions, who resigned Wednesday at Trump's request, will be remembered.
Anyone who enters the U.S. has a right to claim asylum, but the process isn't easy.
With Jeff Sessions reportedly pressuring judges to deport immigrants, diocese across the country are gathering fee money for the legal representation that many undocumented people lack.
The government is reportedly sending undocumented immigrants court summonses with false dates that rights defenders say are designed to skirt a recent Supreme Court ruling.
A group of immigration judges is skeptical about the attorney general's promise to add more to their ranks—part of an apparent attempt to slash a growing backlog of cases.
Immigration authorities are now making it dangerous for non-citizen abuse victims to seek legal protections from their aggressors.
The proposal follows several other efforts to combat the ongoing epidemic on both the state and federal levels—some more effective than others.
After a year of battle in the courts, young immigrants fear that their protection from deportation could soon end.
Essentially, normal assumptions about judicial independence and freedom from political influence do not apply in immigration proceedings.
Marches occur across the country while, simultaneously, children and families are detained at the U.S. border.
The attorney general's decision to bar domestic abuse survivors from obtaining asylum seems out of step with a country engaged in a burgeoning movement against assault, advocates say.
The ruling will likely be challenged by immigration advocates, who have continually pushed back against Sessions' efforts to tighten immigration laws.