Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez believes non-citizens can face a sort of double jeopardy, getting deported years after serving their sentences. He has instructed his staff to consider a defendant’s immigration status when negotiating plea deals for minor offenses. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has blasted officials who don’t prosecute immigrants to the fullest extent possible.
A 10-3 majority of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit says President Trump’s latest plan to deny visas to citizens of six majority-Muslim countries is “steeped in animus and directed at a single religious group.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions will take the issue to the Supreme Court.
In stark contrast to “sanctuary cities,” instead of declining to cooperate with federal immigration officials, 41 law enforcement agencies around the U.S. have volunteered to investigate the immigration status of prisoners when they are booked.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a new system called the Victim Information Notification Exchange (Vine) that officials say allows victims of crimes committed by immigrants to track the status of their perpetrators. Civil rights advocates have discovered that the database includes immigrants who are crime victims themselves and are supposed to be shielded from public disclosures for safety reasons.
In the budget plan sent to Congress yesterday, the Justice Department would change federal law so that local jurisdictions can be forced to detain suspected illegal immigrants on request. Congress is unlikely to agree, says the Washington Post.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said cities and counties that don’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement at most would lose Justice and Homeland Security department grants, not all federal funds.
In 2010, the immigration court in Chicago had fewer than 13,000 pending cases. By the end of March, that figure had risen to 24,844. Such backlogs nationwide result from policy changes in both the Obama and Trump administrations.
The largely Hispanic border town of El Cenizo contends in a lawsuit that the law is unconstitutional and infringes on the rights of local governments to police their own residents. State Attorney General Ken Paxton filed his own suit asking a judge to affirm the law.