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JAC: Newly Unveiled Senate Bill Would Radically Reshape Immigration Processes for Countless People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the Senate revealed legislative text of a bill that, if signed into law, would make several permanent changes to our immigration system. Below is a statement from Karen Tumlin, Founder and Director of Justice Action Center (JAC): “Immigration is not just an issue or campaign tactic—it’s fundamentally about people and what […]

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JAC: Immigrant Rights Are Non-Negotiable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C.—As a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators continue negotiations on President Biden’s supplemental funding request this week, immigration groups are urging lawmakers to safeguard the few remaining asylum protections and other key tenets of our immigration system. Reports reflect that certain extremist senators are attempting to hold foreign aid hostage in

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Advocates for Immigrant Children Have Their Day in Court in ImmDef v. DHS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES — Immigrants’ rights advocates took the stand at trial today in ImmDef v. DHS, a lawsuit filed to protect the congressionally mandated rights of unaccompanied children who had prior interaction with Remain in Mexico, otherwise known as MPP. The trial is the latest step in a case initially filed under

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JAC: A Copycat of H.R. 2, Nefarious Anti-Immigrant GOP Spending Proposal Must Not Pass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Yesterday, Senate Republicans unveiled an anti-immigrant spending proposal. Vanessa Rivas-Bernardy, Counsel at Justice Action Center (JAC) issued the following statement: “This extremist proposal aims to further decimate our asylum system, eviscerate the longstanding parole authority, and resurrect deadly deterrence policies like Remain in Mexico. The proposal seeks to allocate massive funding towards

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Experts Available to Discuss Traumatic Impact of Federal Failure to Adhere to Protections for Certain Unaccompanied Children

For Planning Purposes November 3, 2023 Los Angeles – Witnesses with significant expertise in child psychology and immigration law will provide live testimony on Tuesday, November 7 during a bench trial in ImmDef v. DHS. The trial represents the latest step in civil and immigrants’ rights groups’ legal battle to ensure that the federal government

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Immigrants’ Rights Organizations Head to Court to Defend Unaccompanied Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2023 WHAT: Trial before a federal district court judge in the ImmDef v. DHS case WHEN: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 9:30 am  WHERE: First Street U.S. Courthouse (Central CA District):  350 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 WHO: Speakers from the following plaintiff organizations and their counsel will

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JAC: Biden Administration Immigration Changes Inject Humanity into Dysfunctional System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. – Venezuelans who arrived in the United States before July 31, 2023, seeking protection will soon be able to get it, according to the Biden administration, which announced the extension and redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela. The move comes amidst a flurry of announcements aimed to improve

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Attorneys Discuss Federal Lawsuit Against Biden Immigration Parole Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VICTORIA, TX – On Monday, August 28, attorneys from Justice Action Center, RAICES, and the Center for Immigration Law and Policy (CILP) at the UCLA School Law hosted a press call to debrief the bench trial in Texas v. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). They represent seven U.S. citizens who joined the

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After a California District Court Blocks Biden’s Asylum Ban, JAC Calls for Renewed Access to Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO— A California district court judge just struck down the Biden administration’s asylum ban in a major victory for the right to seek safety. The judge’s order is stayed for 14 days, during which the asylum ban will remain in place. Justice Action Center’s Communications Coordinator Joan Agoh said: “We celebrate the bravery

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