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Dallas Morning News publishes attorney's views on the termination of Salvadorans' TPS
01/17/2018

The Dallas Morning News recently published a letter the attorney wrote to that paper's editor in which he expressed the view that the decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for roughly 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants "ignores utterly the provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act that authorizes TPS' extension when 'the foreign state is unable, temporarily, to handle adequately the return to the state of aliens who are nationals of the state.'"


Justice Department's true motives revealed: block attorneys from helping the indigent
01/15/2018

On January 13, 2018, the city of Spokane, Washington entered into a settlement agreement that effectively binds local law enforcement officials to disregard the Department of Homeland Security's requests the city hold immigrants 48 hours or longer beyond the date they post a bond or are otherwise entitled to release from criminal custody.

One noteworthy aspect of the settlement: the recipient of the $19,000 the city agreed to pay to cover the plaintiff's legal fees is Matt Adams, the Legal Director of the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP). Last year, Adams received from the Department of Justice (DOJ) a "cease and desist" letter from commanding him to stop assisting aliens in any aspect of their immigration case unless he took on all aspects of the their cases. Adams convinced a federal district court that this would hamstring his agency's ability to assist immigrants too poor to afford a lawyer.

Adams' continued effectiveness as a champion of immigrants' rights demonstrates the prescience of the district court judge, Richard A. Jones. Judge Jones blocked the DOJ because he recognized close parallels between the Department's diktat and similarly poorly-disguised efforts to hamper attorneys working to end racial segregation in the South. Doing so, he observed, "a statute broadly curtailing group activity leading to litigation may easily become a weapon of oppression, however evenhanded its terms appear."


Attorney recites immigration law developments in Year-in-Review edition of the Texas Bar Journal
01/02/2018

The Texas Bar Journal again selected this attorney to write its 2017 year-in-review summary of immigration law developments. ("It has been a tumultuous year in immigration," he aptly begins.) The Journal has previously published the attorney's summaries for its January editions in 2015 and 2016.  


Al Día: un cliente del abogado habla de la dificultad que tuve en ganar el asilo en los EE.UU.
12/29/2017

Gabriel Merlo habla de las dificultades que enfrentó en presentar su caso de asilo. Entre ellos: "Te hacen sentir culpable y que mientes." El artículo da entender que la administración Trump quiere que sea más difícil todavía recibir el refugio en los EE.UU.


El abogado denuncia la política de ICE de arrestar a inmigrantes en los corredores de tribunales
12/04/2017

Telemundo entrevistó al abogado a propósito de la nueva política del Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE) de entrar a tribunales para arrestar a inmigrantes cuando se defienden o presentan casos frente a aquellos tribunales. 

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