Many immigrants may be released without bond after judge’s ruling

April 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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April 13, 2015

Seattle federal judge orders the DOJ to obey a law that allows some immigrant detainees to be released on their own recognizance while their cases work through the system.

By Mike Carter

Seattle Times staff reporter

In a move that could affect tens of thousands of detainees, a federal judge in Seattle has ordered the Department of Justice to obey a law that allows for the release of some undocumented immigrants without posting a bond.

Immigration-rights leaders say the law is routinely ignored in Washington and elsewhere in the United States because of a conflicting Department of Justice (DOJ) policy that requires immigrant detainees to post at least a $1,500 bond regardless of whether they pose a danger or flight risk.

“People should not be locked up while they are in immigration proceedings simply because they do not have money to pay a bond,” said Matt Adams, the legal director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NIRP). Read more

House Approves Funding For DHS Without Immigration Measures

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WASHINGTON — The grudge match between Republicans and Democrats over the president’s immigration policies and funding the Department of Homeland Security ended Tuesday — with a win for Democrats.

House Republicans approved $39.7 billion in funding for DHS without any measures to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which could allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and work for three years.  Read more

President Must Use Senate Bill as Guide in Upcoming Executive Action

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Statement from National Day Laborer Organizing Network

President Must Use Senate Bill as Guide in Upcoming Executive Action

Yesterday, for the first time, Janet Napolitano revealed her perspective on how the decision to do DACA was made in 2012.   Today, Buzzfeed is reporting that the President is set to receive final recommendations from his current Secretary of Homeland Security about expected changes in deportation policies.   In reaction, Pablo Alvarado the Executive Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
“While there is clearly a battle under way to manage expectations for the scope of the forthcoming administrative action, we will continue to push for the maximum exercise of legal discretion under the law.  That includes a bare minimum, an extension of work authorization to everyone who would qualify under the Senate bill and an end to the Secure Communities program and policies that criminalize immigrants.   The President has the legal authority, the moral obligation, and the political capital required to take these important steps. 
“If the President provides relief for less people than would have qualified for a path to citizenship under the Senate bill, Read more

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