Mandatory detention of asylees is back, though no one will say it out loud.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

I recently read a New Yorker article  by Adam Gopnik where he started the article and ended the article quoting Alexander Pope. Good article, but why quote a guy I did not even know was Pope? My article will quote someone a little more approachable, Billy Joel. Here goes, “Honesty is such a lonely word / Everyone is so untrue.” Who am I referring to? Our government and its treatment of Middle Eastern asylum seekers. The problem – though the…

Is ICE entering a new, restrictice phase in paroling asylum seekers?

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

On December 9, 2009, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a new policy regarding the custody of aliens coming to the border to seek asylum.  I wrote about the policy change with great excitement when it was announced. The memo states:   Each alien’s eligibility for parole should be considered and analyzed on its own merits and based on the facts of the individual alien’s case. However, when an arriving alien found to have a credible fear establishes to the satisfaction of…

Immigration Detention – Four Cases to Consider

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

I have been writing a whole lot about detention lately. Today I would like to discuss recent developments in four detention cases. I had bond hearings in two bond cases last week. It took about two weeks for each client to get a bond hearing because in San Diego only one judge per day conducts bond hearings and only in the morning. No bond hearings are held on Fridays or weekends (immigration is a strictly Monday – Friday affair, with…