Immigration court isn’t like other courts in our country. They’ve long been criticized for the lack of due process, including the fact that defendants, even children, can’t get court-appointed lawyers. Perhaps the biggest difference is that immigration judges are actually employees of the Justice Department, not the judicial branch. And the Attorney General can overrule decisions made by immigration judges. David Hausman of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project writes about how Attorney General Jeff Sessions is using immigration court to deport more people more quickly and waging war on due process.
What should an immigrant do if he or she encounters police or federal agents? How should they deal with discrimination? The American Civil Liberties Union has created guidance and videos for immigrants who face these situations. You can access the material here at the ACLU website.
The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a “travel alert” for anyone planning to go to Texas in the near future. The ACLU warns that travelers’ constitutional rights could be violated if stopped by law enforcement. According to the ACLU, “The alert comes amid the passing of a Texas law known as SB4. The law gives a green light to police officers in the state to investigate a person’s immigration status during a routine traffic stop, leading to widespread racial profiling, baseless scrutiny, and illegal arrests of citizens and non-citizens alike presumed to be ‘foreign’ based on how they look or sound.” Here’s the complete “travel advisory” from the ACLU.