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McAllen Texas Immigration Law Blog

Judge becomes irate over immigrant plaintiffs' deportation

Texas residents who follow the news are likely aware that the Trump administration's immigration policies are facing a number of court challenges. One of these cases, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight immigrants facing deportation, does not seem to be going well for the government. According to a number of media outlets, the federal judge hearing the case became visibly agitated and had trouble composing himself when he learned on Aug. 8 that two of the immigrants named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit had been deported despite his strict instructions to the contrary.

Government attorneys are said to have assured the judge on Aug. 7 that none of the plaintiffs would be deported while the case was still being litigated, which may explain the judge's dismay at finding out less than 24 hours later that two of them, a woman and her daughter, had been put on a plane to El Salvador. The judge then made it very clear that government figures including Attorney General Jeff Sessions could face contempt charges if the woman and girl were not returned without delay.

Problems arise in uniting immigrant parents, children

On July 23, the Trump administration filed papers in court relating to its separation of immigrant parents and their children. According to the papers, more than 800 parents have been reunited with their children. Reunification is supposed to be cleared for more than 500 more, some of whom may be in Texas. The cases of another 463 parents are being reviewed.

The 463 are among a total of more than 900 whose eligibility for a reunion is unclear. Some parents have been deported or may have issues such as criminal records or communicable diseases. However, the American Civil Liberties Union is asking for more information on parents with criminal records to ensure that it is genuinely in the best interests of the child that the reunion does not happen.

Judge rules minors to be transferred from detention facility

Minors housed at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, will be leaving the facility after allegations of abuse and mistreatment surfaced. The children at the facility entered the country with their parents illegally and were separated or had arrived on their own.

U.S District Judge Dolly Gee says the facility violated a 1997 court settlement on how children must be cared for while under the supervision of the United States Government. 

Judge orders temporary halt to deportations of reunited families

On July 16, a federal judge overseeing the reunification process of migrant children forcibly taken from their parents ruled that the Trump administration cannot immediately deport families once they are reunited. Instead, he ordered that recently reunited families must be given a week to file asylum requests from within the United States.

The ruling was in response to a motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The organization claimed that the U.S. government is under an obligation to allow detained families the right to consider asylum. It further claimed that parents could not properly consider asylum when their children were detained at a separate location until it was too late for them to file an application. The judge agreed and issued a temporary stay on deportations of reunited families. He also ordered that U.S. attorneys meet with the ACLU to arrange a notification system for charity groups that are coordinating the reunification of children with their parents.

Be prepared when encountering ICE

Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) has made headlines in the past few months for their aggressive enforcement of immigration law. This has, understandably, made immigrants from all over the country extremely nervous.

If you are worried about being targeted by ICE for questioning, here are a few things you can do to prepare:

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