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Trump administration plans to speed up children's deportation

McClatchy reports that the Trump administration plans to fast track deportation of unaccompanied Central American teens in order to “avoid creating a new protected class of undocumented immigrants.” Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III claims, without foundation, that many of these children are “wolves in sheep’s clothing": gang members who exploit rules that protect children's rights "as a means by which to recruit new members.”

ICE arresting immigrants in hospitals and courthouses

When it comes to deportations, Thomas D. Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has said, "No population is off the table." In keeping with this policy, ICE has resorted to arresting immigrants in places that were till recently out-of-bounds: immigration agents arrested one couple in the hospital where they awaited their child's surgery; a man they arrested inside an Austin courthouse wound up murdered soon after his deportation - just as his wife and he had warned them would happen.

Trump administration touts, flouts "rule of law"

This morning Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III reviled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as an "unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch" before bizarrely asserting that "[t]he compassionate thing is to end [that] lawlessness." The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has posted a memorandum explaining the impact of that decision to individual Dreamers.

Even as DHS busily posts to its website "public service" information that defends the indefensible or defames immigrants, it is removing from the internet training materials and other guidance that made public the standards that guided the agency in its conduct and enforcement of the law. In March, this lawyer has discovered, DHS turned into "dead links" all the webpages that provided the public with information about how the Asylum Office adjudicates cases. Some previously available guidelines and rules remain accessible through the website Wayback Machine.

Dallas immigration attorney suspended

On May 12, 2017, the State Bar of Texas suspended the license of Dallas attorney Ray Galvan Jr. For having "violated a previous disciplinary judgment by failing to pay attorneys' fees and direct expenses and owing to the State Bar of Texas," the Bar ordered Galvan to pay $980.50 in attorneys' fees and $200 in direct expenses; and issued a 24-month partially probated suspension.

IDRA reminds worried parents: ICE can't enter schools!

The San Antonio-based Intercultural Development Research Center (IDRC) has published a comprehensive guide, in English and Spanish, to remind teachers and parents that undocumented children may attend school without fear of arrest. In Plyler v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to pronounce education a "fundamental right," but went on to say that limiting in any way undocumented children's access to schools lacked even a "rational basis": "It is difficult to understand precisely what the State hopes to achieve by promoting the creation and perpetuation of a subclass of illiterates within our boundaries, surely adding to the problems and costs of unemployment, welfare, and crime." 457 U.S. 202, 230 (1982). Since this landmark decision, courts have consistently ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), like its predecessor agency INS, may not infringe upon children's access to primary and secondary schools.

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