An estimated 10,000 undocumented and unaccompanied children caught at the U.S-Mexico border in the last 11 months will be fast-tracked through deportation hearings at New York's federal immigration court over the course of the next year. To each new child who appears in court for the first time, a judge repeats the same refrain: Here is a list of lawyers who offer free or very low cost legal assistance -- do not go to a notario for help.
Tessa Stuart Left to right: Cyrus Vance, Cesar A. Perales, Phyllis Coven, Marcos Crespo, Jorge Montalvo, and Kevin Sullivan
New York's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement field office has dramatically increased the number of women whose movements it is tracking via GPS-enabled ankle monitors this year, according to statistics provided to the Voice.
Tessa Stuart One mother with an ATD ankle monitor.
In 2012 ICE put only 24 ankle monitors on women in New York; in 2013 that number decreased slightly, to just 18. This year, though, the New York field office has put a staggering 719 women in ankle monitors — a 3,894 percent increase year to year.
On August 22, a week and a half after expedited hearings began in New York's federal immigration court, five teenagers were ordered back to their home countries after failing to show up for their initial hearings. These are the first deportations of the so-called "surge docket."More »
New York City is running a below average approval rate for undocumented immigrants seeking relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to a report from a Brookings Institution researcher.
Photo Credit: jvoves via Compfight cc Applicants for a deportation deferment program, sometimes called "DREAMers," are having less success in New York City.
Wednesday marked the start of the "surge docket," expedited immigration hearings for unaccompanied minors from Central America caught crossing the Southern border since October of last year. The courtroom looked a little different on Friday: instead of children who crossed the border alone, undocumented mothers accused of entering the country illegally with their children appeared before a judge at 26 Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan.
Tessa Stuart Dariela Bueso and her daughter Andrea.
Immigrant detainees are routinely deported from New York State before all legal remedies have been exhausted, according to a report released this week by the New York University School of Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic and immigrant rights advocacy organization Families for Freedom.
Federal prosecutors notched three more convictions this week of defendants accused of filing false asylum claims for immigrant clients. That brings the total to 30.
Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1887
On Tuesday, a jury in Manhattan federal court found Ling Liu, Vanessa Bandrich, and Rui Yang guilty of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. The three were arrested in the December 2012 FBI sweep that targeted lawyers and staffers suspected of coaching Chinese immigrants on how to lie about their past to be eligible for asylum.More »
For the chance to live in America people walk for days across sprawling desert, traverse thrashing waves in small boats, hand over life savings to men whom they aren't sure they can trust, and do all sorts of other things only desperate people do, including lie about their past.
Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1887.
In December 2012, FBI agents arrested more than two dozen people who allegedly helped Chinese immigrants lie about their past. Prosecutors charged that these defendants coached immigrants on how to submit false asylum claims that increased their chances of staying in the U.S. Since then, 25 of the 30 defendants have been convicted. And on Friday, a federal judge in Manhattan sentenced three of them to three months in prison.More »