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DHS To Refer Unauthorized Border Crossers To Prosecutors

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is creating a new program to refer all unauthorized border crossers to the U.S. Department of Justice for prosecution, ramping up his previous “zero tolerance” enforcement policies along the U.S.-Mexico border...

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Gov’t Can’t Toss Suit Over Phone Searches At Border

The government can’t shake a suit over U.S. border patrol agents searching travelers’ electronic devices without a warrant after a Massachusetts federal court has ruled that the travelers challenging the policy have plausible claims that their rights to privacy and free speech were curtailed.

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Immigration Bill Roundup: Sanctuary Cities, Court Oversight

Though political will to cooperate on immigration-related issues has been in short stock lately, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have introduced legislation over the last month tackling sanctuary cities, immigration court reform, family reunification and illegal reentry to the U.S.

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Feds Defend Searching Phones At Border Without Warrants

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice defended its border-search practices – including those involving cellphones – this week at a Boston court hearing where the federal government clashed with the American Civil Liberties Union over a centuries-old question of what personal belongings law en...

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Cuomo Blasts ICE For ‘Reckless’ Raids On Immigrant Homes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has condemned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for its warrantless raids, warning that the state will sue the agency if such “reckless and unconstitutional” practices continue.

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ICE, US Atty Stand By Rare Immigration Arrest At Courthouse

Federal immigration officials and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts this week stood by the attendance of two agents at an asylum-seeking international student’s sentencing so they could arrest her immediately after she left, a move that enraged the presiding judge.

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Married Couples Seek Cert. In Immigrant Spouse Challenge

Several married couples who allege the government is unlawfully trying to detain and deport immigrant spouses who are seeking permanent residency and are married to U.S. citizens asked Monday that a Massachusetts federal court certify a class and temporarily bar the practice.

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Trump Admin. Can’t Deny DOJ Grants To ‘Sanctuary’ Cities

A California federal judge granted a win to so-called sanctuary cities last week by imposing a permanent, nationwide ban that would prevent the Trump administration from placing certain immigration-related conditions on community policing grants administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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2nd Circ. Revives Tax Fraud Denaturalization Fight

A woman who said her lawyer misled her about the consequences of pleading guilty to tax fraud had her bid to overturn her conviction and retain her U.S. citizenship revived by the Second Circuit on Monday, with the court saying more facts were needed before a ruling was possible.

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