Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a new order which as district judges to issue judicial orders of removal when we an inmate has completed their sentence. This measure speeds up the deportation process by taking the immigration court out of the equation. You can read more in the Miami Herald.
AILA has launched a new initiative to prepare more lawyers to defend immigrants facing deportation. You can read their press release regarding it here.
Did you see the article in the Denver Post about the ski industry supporting an increase in H-2B visas? With record low unemployment numbers in Colorado they are scrambling to find workers. Check out the article here.
Our attorney, Jennifer Smith, wrote a letter to the editor of the Post Independent recently. In it, she thanked local law enforcement for refusing to do the work of the federal government relating to immigration and she encouraged legislative action to reform our immigration policies. Remember, separated families are not limited to a particular religion, culture or political party.
You can read the LTE in full here.
Check out the article in today’s Aspen Daily News regarding fear in the immigrant community. Jennifer was a big contributor to the story. You can find the full article here.
Here are a few tips for dealing with the National Visa Center:
* NEVER send original documents to the NVC, only send copies.
* Make sure to submit all documents in one package.
* Pick one method for submitting you packet- either email or mail. Never do both and stick with your chosen method throughout the process.
* Submit all pages of any required forms, even if they are blank.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a nationwide injunction against Section 9(a) of Executive Order 13768, which blocks so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions” from receiving federal grant money. The court concluded that the counties of San Francisco and Santa Clara demonstrated that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their challenge to Section 9(a) of the Executive Order, that they will suffer irreparable harm absent an injunction, and that the balance of harms and public interest weigh in their favor.
Read more here.
USCIS will be redesigning green cards and employment authorization documents come May 1st. The redesign will make the documents harder to tamper with or counterfeit. You can learn more about the changes here .
Pitkin County is formalizing their stance on immigration. They want to send a message to the immigrant community that they are welcome and valued. County employees will not ask about someone’s immigration status unless necessary. They will not provide ICE or CBP “non-public information” about a person. This is great to hear local authorities standing with the immigrant community. You can read more about this in the Post Independent online here or in the newspaper.
Liam will be joining Indivisible Aspen for the first Resistance Roundtable event next Tuesday, April 11 from 6-7:30 at the Pitkin County Library. The event aims to bring the community together to learn how we can press our congressional leaders. There will be a panel of community experts from Wilderness Workshop, ACES, and the Pitkin County Democrats. Think about big questions you’d like to ask and head to Aspen to learn about environmental and immigration legislation and their implications.