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June 2015 Archives

Immigrants with poor legal counsel can appeal deportation

Immigrants in Pennsylvania who are facing deportation sometimes are forced to rely on inadequate legal counsel. When an attorney commits a clerical error or mishandles a case, defendants could be denied the right to prove why they should be allowed to remain in the country. In many cases, people do not find out that their immigration case was mishandled until the deadline to appeal the deportation decision has already passed.

American Samoans and U.S. citizenship

Pennsylvania immigrants who came from American Samoa may be disappointed with a recent federal appeals court decision. The judge ruled that individuals from American Samoa are not guaranteed United States citizenship simply because of their birth in that territory.

Policy toward immigrant family detention may change

Pennsylvania is the location of one of the detention centers for women and children found crossing the border illegally into the United States, but the government may be moving away from its policy of detaining these immigrants. Increasingly, attention has been shed on poor conditions at detention centers by politicians, religious leaders and the press, and in May, a group of House Democrats called on the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama administration to end the practice.

Supreme Court rules immigrants have right to bail hearings

When an undocumented immigrant is charged with a felony in Connecticut, courts cannot use the individual's immigration status as the sole reason to deny bail. On June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to reconsider a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that had held that denying bail to undocumented immigrants who had been charged with certain felonies was unconstitutional. The appeals court ruling had dealt with a constitutional amendment in Arizona that was passed in 2006.