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Australia High Court rules high seas detention of asylum seekers lawful
January 28, 2015
The High Court of Australia on Wednesday ruled that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013. The case was brought by 157 Tamil refugees fleeing Sri Lanka....... [more]

Two states join Texas immigration lawsuit
January 27, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the state-led coalition in its suit against the Obama administration over November's executive action on immigration. This brings the total number of states involved to 26, meaning that more than half th....... [more]

Rwanda police officers jailed for killing anti-corruption activist
January 23, 2015
Two Rwandan police officers were sentenced Thursday to 20 years in jail for the murder of a Transparency International anti-corruption activist. The motivation for the killing was to prevent Gustave Makonene from revealing the role the two men played in mineral smuggling across the Democratic Republ....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Arizona ban on driver's licenses for young immigrants
January 23, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Thursday made permanent an injunction that requires the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children. The young people, known as Dreamers, were granted a deferral of deportation by Pr....... [more]

HRW: France police abusing asylum seekers in Calais
January 20, 2015
French police are abusing and harassing asylum seekers in the port city of Calais, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. These asylum seekers and migrants are reportedly living in destitution in Calais and have been subjected to "routine abuses by police officers," including "beatings and attac....... [more]

Afghanistan security forces arrest 5 for involvement in Pakistan school massacre
January 17, 2015
Afghanistan National Security Forces reported the arrest of five men on Saturday believed to have helped support the massacre that took place in December at the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. The attack further strained Afghanistan and Pakistan's already tense relationship, but Afghan Pre....... [more]

An Unexceptional Aspect of President Obama's Immigration Executive Actions
January 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Family, Widener University School of Law, discusses Obama's recent immigration executive actions and the Obama administration's exercises of executive power...The push and pull between President Obama and Congress over various issues often too quickly boils down to descri....... [more]

US House votes to block funding for president's immigration action
January 15, 2015
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $40 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on a 236-191 vote, which included amendments to repeal two key facets to President Barack Obama's immigration action. The first amendment, passed on a 237-190 vote, is to block a 20....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on Immigration and Nationality Act, bankruptcy court jurisdiction
January 14, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Mellouli v. Holder the court heard arguments on whether the government should be required to prove a connection between a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance as defined by congress in order to....... [more]

Federal judge blocks use of Arizona identity theft laws
January 6, 2015
Judge David Campbell for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Monday ruled Maricopa County officials may not enforce two Arizona identity-theft laws used to convict hundreds of undocumented immigrant workers. The court ordered an immediate halt to the state's enforcement of identity....... [more]

Felons, Families and Prosecutorial Discretion
January 2, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, of Penn State Law, discusses President Obama's executive actions on immigration and analyzes the two main immigration reform programs ...On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration aimed at reducing depo....... [more]




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