//  6/4/17  //  Topic Update


The Ninth Circuit denied a stay of deportation for Magana Ortiz, an undocumented immigrant who has lived in the United States for 28 years. Concurring in the denial, Judge Stephen Reinhardt sharply criticized the Trump administration’s aggressive immigration enforcement, arguing that “[i]t is difficult to see how the government’s decision to expel him is consistent with the President’s promise of an immigration system with ‘a lot of heart’”(ImmigrationProf Blog).

  • The full opinion is here.
  • Judge Stephen Reinhardt’s concurring opinion in Magana Ortiz v. Holder, a deportation case, took “extraordinary courage, heart, and insight” and “should be read wide and far,”argues Joshua Matz on Take Care.

The Department of Justice’s attempt to pressure the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to cease providing limited representation to certain immigrants in deportation proceedings is unconstitutionalargues Amy Roe at the ACLU’s Speak Freely blog.

In the Los Angeles Times, Esmeralda Bermudez documents how Los Angeles-area immigration attorneys and activists are responding to the challenges of the Trump administration.

New York City Council Members and advocates are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to halt proposed restrictions on funding for indigent immigrants facing deportation (NYT).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump offered a proposal that would offer legal status for the Dreamers in exchange for a border wall and increased regulation of immigration. The Trump administration has significantly increased regulation of immigration, in contrast with its anti-regulatory policies in other fields.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

Bipartisan negotiations over an agreement to address "Dreamers" is imperiled after President Trump makes disparaging remarks about Haitians and Africans. The Trump Administration announces plans to end Temporary Protected Status for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

A deal on the "Dreamers" may be less likely after an announcement from President Trump.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School