Category: Civil Gideon

‘Zero tolerance’ policy on border swells federal caseloads

A Trump administration policy to criminally prosecute illegal border crossings has created a renewed backlog in the federal justice system in the Southwest. “Failures to bring new arrestees to court in a timely manner has been an issue… Read More

ACLU alleges abuse of children by Customs and Border Protection

Immigrant children who crossed the border suffered abuse and neglect from federal officials, according to a report released May 23 by the ACLU’s Border Litigation Project in partnership with the University of Chicago Law School. “Elbowing children in… Read More

Supreme Court strikes down bond hearings for detainees

In a major immigration case, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez, a class action lawsuit challenging the federal government’s practice of jailing immigrants while they litigate their deportation cases. It ruled that detainees… Read More

Delaware Report Recommends More Funding for ‘Civil Gideon’

Another year brings another report about the need to improve access to civil courts for low-income residents. A court-mandated legal commission in Delaware capped a two-year investigation this fall and issued its recommendations, agreeing the system is unfair… Read More

San Francisco Leads Nation In Immigration Court Backlog

Investigative journalism by NBC-owned stations, working with Telemundo stations around the country, has found that San Francisco leads the nation in backlogged immigration court cases, which is no easy task considering how badly things are going. A joint… Read More