'Irredeemably Dysfunctional and on the Brink of Collapse': A Journey Through Chicago's Immigration Court
Far from the border, Chicago's Immigration Court reveals the failings of the nation's asylum system.
Emails Reveal How the Trump Administration Backed Down on Asylum Restrictions
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.
In Continuing the Government Shutdown, Trump Is Breaking Several Promises on Immigration
The administration is failing to meet guarantees on the immigration court backlog and deportations.
What Immigrant Rights Groups Are Saying After a Judge Ruled That Trump's Ban on Domestic Violence Victims Violated Immigration Law
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.
A Judge Strikes Down Trump's Asylum Ban on Victims of Domestic Violence and Gang Brutality
In his ruling, Judge Emmet Sullivan argued that the government ought to consider asylum requests on a case-by-case basis.
The Edit, Episode #15: A Conversation About Immigration and Family Separations
On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, we talk with contributor Massoud Hayoun about his reporting on a family separated after coming to the United States.
What a Lack of Federal Oversight Means for Local Police Reform
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.
In Asylum Claims, Is Domestic Abuse 'Private Violence' or a Societal Issue?
Advocates argue that asylum seekers aren't just fleeing domestic abuse—they're fleeing gender-based violence.
Jeff Sessions' Last Act: Preventing the DOJ From Investigating Discriminatory Police Departments
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.
Jeff Sessions Leaves the Trump Administration With a Tough Legacy on Crime and Immigration
Here's how Sessions, who resigned Wednesday at Trump's request, will be remembered.
What Asylum Means for the U.S. and the Central American Migrants Who Want It
Anyone who enters the U.S. has a right to claim asylum, but the process isn't easy.
How Catholic Communities Are Crowdfunding Fairer Trials for Immigrants
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.
Immigrant Rights Advocates May Sue the Trump Administration Over False Court Dates
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.
Immigration Court Judges Are Skeptical of Jeff Sessions' Backlog-Busting Plan
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.
How the Trump Administration Is Leaving Domestic Violence Victims to Fend for Themselves, Both at Home and Abroad
Immigration authorities are now making it dangerous for non-citizen abuse victims to seek legal protections from their aggressors.
The Trump Administration's Latest Push Against the Opioid Crisis: Limiting Drugs Manufacturers
The proposal follows several other efforts to combat the ongoing epidemic on both the state and federal levels—some more effective than others.
DACA Was 'Saved' Last Week. Now, Is a Texas Judge Going to Kill It?
After a year of battle in the courts, young immigrants fear that their protection from deportation could soon end.
What Makes Immigration Court Different From Typical Judicial Proceedings?
Essentially, normal assumptions about judicial independence and freedom from political influence do not apply in immigration proceedings.
Immigration Protests Take Place Across the Country as Border Arrests Continue (in Photos)
Marches occur across the country while, simultaneously, children and families are detained at the U.S. border.
Immigrant Rights Advocates Say Jeff Sessions Is 'Trivializing Domestic Violence'
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.
A Ruling by Jeff Sessions Could Keep Abuse Victims From Claiming Asylum
The ruling will likely be challenged by immigration advocates, who have continually pushed back against Sessions' efforts to tighten immigration laws.