Immigration and Climate Change

A federal court in California dismissed claims against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security brought by environmentalists and cattle ranchers who believe immigration contributes to climate change. The plaintiffs sought the review of seven immigration statutes for possible violations of the National Environmental Policy Act. 

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Medically Vulnerable Immigrants Denied Release From ICE Facility

A group of medically vulnerable immigrants who are being held in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility with the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the nation cannot be released despite their claims about the risks of contracting the virus, a federal judge in California ruled Tuesday.

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Immigration Bribery

Jurors’ alleged misconduct during the trial of a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney was not so serious that it affected the verdict, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The attorney, Constantine Peter Kallas, was convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from immigrants who were promised they would be allowed to remain in the United States. 

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Court Nixes Trump Policy of Tying Grants to Enforcement

A sharply worded ruling by a federal appeals court in Chicago on Thursday said the Trump administration policy of threatening to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities to force them to comply with its more stringent immigration policies violates separation-of-powers provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

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