New Immigration Court Statistics Released

On May 9, 2018, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the Department of Justice (DOJ) component responsible for the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) released updated court statistics, and announced that it intended to implement a “transparency initiative”. The court statistics included statistics for the first two quarters of FY 2018. Among the key takeaways: The total number of pending cases continues to rise. As of the date those statistics were released, there were 697,777 cases pending before the approximately 334 immigration judges in the…

ICE arrests 32 men in immigration raid at an eastern Iowa business

CLOSE ICE arrests 32 in a raid at Midwest Precast Concrete in Mt. Pleasant. Zachary Boyden-Holmes, DesMoines Buy Photo ICE arrested 32 in a raid at Midwest Precast Concrete in Mt. Pleasant Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Photo: Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register)Buy Photo Iowa Rep. Dave Heaton heard a helicopter while sipping coffee at a local Mount Pleasant diner Wednesday morning, then learned immigration agents had surrounded a pre-stressed concrete plant outside of town. Heaton, R-Mount Pleasant, said he followed law enforcement cars out to Midwest Precast Concrete, located just west of the center…

DACA Job Discrimination or Cherry-Picking for Class Action Lawsuits?

A Brazilian recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is suing Bank of America (BofA) after it declined to hire him as a “wealth manager” despite his educational qualifications. There are several interesting angles to the story. First, although Brazilian, he’s being represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Why is that, you ask? This isn’t just the goodness of their hearts speaking: You can be pretty sure that MALDEF is looking ahead to the fact that tens of thousands of DACA recipients are Mexican…