Some Prosecutors Help Defendants Avoid Deportation

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.

New Trump Travel Ban Rejected by Appeals Court

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.

New Immigration Database Exposes Crime Victim Data

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.