On November 25, 2013, the LAC and co-counsel released an update of Frequently Asked Questions About the Asylum Clock Class Action Lawsuit. This updated FAQ answers questions about the benefits provided under the settlement of the nationwide class action, ABT v. USCIS, which challenged policies related to employment authorization for asylum applicants.
On November 13, 2013, the LAC released a new practice advisory, Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings: Fighting Back Against Unlawful Conduct by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which addresses some of the factual scenarios and legal issues that may arise when seeking to suppress evidence unlawfully obtained at or near the border. This practice advisory supplements a prior LAC practice advisory, Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings: A General Overview, which has been updated to address certain strategic considerations concerning motions to suppress, including the advisability and timing of filing a concurrent request for prosecutorial discretion or a lawsuit for damages.
On November 7, 2013, the American Immigration Council, in collaboration with AILA, filed an amicus brief in an en banc case pending before BALCA. The brief argues that the Department of Labor acts arbitrarily and violates due process when it changes its requirements without giving prior notice
On November 5, 2013, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones ordered the final approval of a nationwide class action settlement agreement. The settlement will help ensure that asylum seekers, who have fled persecution in their home countries, are not unlawfully prevented from working and supporting their families while the government adjudicates their cases. The changes will commence on December 3, 2013. Read the press release to learn more.
On November 4, 2013, the American Immigration Council and other immigration advocacy groups filed an amicus curiae brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of young adults who, due to long delays caused by visa backlogs, lost the opportunity to obtain their “green cards” before they turned 21.
On October 31, 2013, the Department of Justice released the first production of documents from a FOIA request filed by the LAC, AILA, and Public Citizen for information about complaints alleging immigration judge misconduct.
On September 1, 2013, the Legal Action Center posted records about video hearings in immigration court obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Justice. The records include policies about the use of video in immigration court and the number of cases conducted via video.