In the last post, this blog began a discussion of a 30-year-old woman's plight in immigration court. The woman was adopted when she was three-months-old in 1982. Her mother died roughly 8-years later and had never sought to file citizenship paperwork for the child.
A 30-year-old woman is facing deportation after a panel of judges in the Mountain States ruled that she is too old to qualify for U.S. citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. That law was passed to modify rules for child citizenship among foreign nationals adopted by U.S. citizens. The 2000 act of Congress allows certain foreign-born, biological or adopted children of citizens to become U.S. citizens automatically.
More than a year ago this blog reported a story of the immigration I-9 audit directed toward the Chipotle restaurant chain. At the time, Chipotle was one of the largest companies to fall under the scrutiny of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement under an I-9 compliance audit. The company eventually let go hundreds of workers after the ICE I-9 raid.
The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that an undocumented immigrant brought to the United States by his or her parents as a child cannot avoid deportation based upon the parent's immigration status and years of legal residency under an immigration law provision that allows leniency for eligible immigrants.
The international rights group Human Rights Watch has issued a new report that says female migrant and seasonal farm workers are highly vulnerable to sexual violence and sexual harassment. The research shows that women working in the agricultural sector nationwide are subject to abuses, such as rape, stalking, fondling, unwanted touching and vulgar language. The human rights group is asking Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to reform laws and rules to protect migrant farm workers from such abuses.
A West Coast professor of economics is arguing that U.S. immigration laws should be reformed through a market-based system of auctions. The economist is unleashing his idea this week, and sources indicate that his idea of reforming immigration laws has attracted some attention on Capitol Hill.
Immigration-related issues have been the focus in the Florida Supreme Court this week. Tuesday, the Court heard oral argument in three criminal appeals based upon a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that a criminal defense lawyer who fails to warn an undocumented immigrant that a criminal conviction could lead to deportation before entering a guilty plea on a plea deal violates the defendant's right to effective assistance of counsel.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not said much recently regarding audits of companies in relation to I-9 compliance issues. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Department of Homeland Security is continuing to use the so-called "silent raids" to enforcement immigration employment laws.
In the last post, this blog opened a discussion into a recent announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement concerning ICE holds under the Secure Communities program that involves an apparent relaxation of policy in ICE detentions after a local arrest of an immigrant accused of a minor offense.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday that the agency will modify its policy under the Secure Communities program in relation to minor traffic arrests. A task force was created last year due to criticism of the program that uses fingerprint information to conduct immigration status checks of arrestees. The Homeland Security Advisory Council's Task Force on Secure Communities issued a report last year made recommendations to stop bringing removal proceedings to deport undocumented detainees who have no criminal record and have been arrested for e mere traffic offense.