Getting Your Marijuana Record Expunged

Getting Your Marijuana Record Expunged

By Norma Lewis, JD There was quite a bit of excitement, relief, and joy, and a few spiffs smoked when New York legalized recreational marijuana. Several advocates and lawmakers welcomed it as one of the most progressive cannabis laws in the country. That’s in part because it automatically clears the criminal records of people with […]

US Officials Are Deporting Haitian Immigrants Despite Knowing They May Face Danger

US Officials Are Deporting Haitian Immigrants Despite Knowing They May Face Danger

Haitian refugees stand in a line outside the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, which helps recently arrived migrants with food and job opportunities. – Sao Paulo, SP / Brazil – April 29, 2014 (Shutterstock) By Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News Department of Homeland Security officials acknowledged internally that deported Haitian immigrants “may face harm” upon […]

Lawyers Have Found the Parents of 105 Separated Migrant Children in Past Month

Lawyers Have Found the Parents of 105 Separated Migrant Children in Past Month

Families separated by the border between Mexico and the United States meet this morning at the Rio Grande, where they hug for four minutes. – Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 06-24-2017 (Shutterstock) By Julia Ainsley and Jacob Soboroff, NBC News WASHINGTON — The lawyers working to reunite immigrant parents and children separated by the Trump administration reported […]

Federal Judge Indefinitely Blocks Biden Administration’s 100-day Moratorium on Most Deportations

Federal Judge Indefinitely Blocks Biden Administration’s 100-day Moratorium on Most Deportations

Houston — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. Mr. Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during […]

Attorney General James Continues Fight to Stop Deportations

Attorney General James Continues Fight to Stop Deportations

NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson endorsed city Public Advocate Letitia James for New York State attorney general on New York State Supreme Court Steps – New York, NY – May 21, 2018 (Shutterstock) NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today led a coalition of 16 attorneys general from around the nation in fighting […]

Biden’s Immigration Changes too Late for Grandfather Deported on Inauguration Day

Biden’s Immigration Changes too Late for Grandfather Deported on Inauguration Day

U.S. President Joe Biden at the Inauguration ceremony. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. , Jan. 20, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Mica Rosenberg, Kristina Cooke, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters CIUDAD JUAREZ (Reuters) – As U.S. President Joe Biden took the oath of office last Wednesday, Felipe Ortega sat in a van handcuffed and chained at the waist and […]

What You Need to Know About Biden’s Deportation Moratorium

What You Need to Know About Biden’s Deportation Moratorium

Border Patrol observes a bittersweet reunion through the US-Mexico fence between DACA recipients and parents who’ve been deported. – Nogales, Ariz. / US – June 11, 2013 (Shutterstock) By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Immigrant Impact In a blow to the Biden administration, a federal judge in Texas has ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) not to enforce its […]

Mayorkas to Balance Calls to Abolish ICE With Securing Borders

Mayorkas to Balance Calls to Abolish ICE With Securing Borders

By Shaun Courtney, Bloomberg Government President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department faces a delicate balancing act between immigration advocates calling for an overhaul of deportation policy and law enforcement groups that favor strong borders. Biden’s nominee, Alejandro Mayorkas, is a former prosecutor backed by the country’s largest police union. As deputy […]