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Detained immigrants are currently waiting weeks or months to see a judge. But a Monday court ruling by U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan has decided immigrants must see a judge within 10 days. Civil rights groups are pleased with the ruling and say this would affect immigration authorities who withhold detained immigrants indefinitely prior to meeting a judge. According to Judge Nathan’s ruling, the average wait to see a judge in 2014 was 11 days, then increased to over a month in 2017 and eventually became close to three months in 2018. News 10
In other national immigration…
Company Accused of Targeting Undocumented Immigrants Will Pay $425,000 Settlement
Libre by Nexus, a GPS ankle monitor company that helps the government track immigrants, has agreed to pay $425,000 to settle an investigation by a Virginia agency. Libre will also face restrictions on its ability to function within Virginia. The Virginia State Corporation Commissioner made the order last week in response to an inquiry from the state’s Bureau of Insurance, which accused Libre of performing as an unlicensed insurance agent and unlawfully targeting undocumented immigrants. This agreement stops the bureau’s threat to terminate the company, but it stops the company from collecting monthly fees for GPS ankle monitors, which allow undocumented immigrants bond out of detention centers. The Washington Post
Minnesota Dreamers Want More from Biden
When the Trump administration announced it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2017, thousands of DACA recipients feared what was to come next. President-elect Joe Biden promised to quickly reestablish the program, but some Minnesota Dreamers are unsure of what will happen during President Trump’s remaining six weeks in office. He could issue another executive order against the program, one that’s trickier for Biden to extricate the U.S. from. Mackenzie Heinrichs, an immigration attorney and a fellow with the nonprofit Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, explained that if DACA was restored, approximately 9,00 Minnesotans may be eligible to apply. Sahan Journal
Trump Continuing to Limit Immigration in His Final Weeks in Office
The Trump administration has launched several regulations targeting immigrants since Election Day, including implementing policies to make it easier to deny visas to immigrants, expanding the citizenship test and selecting new members to an immigration policy board. During Trump’s presidency, he has denied visas to citizens from a variety of Muslim nations, built 400 miles of a 30-foot wall along the southern border, and limited asylum claims. The complexity of these changes, combined with how they’ve reduced the capacity of the U.S.’s immigration system, will make it difficult for Biden to reverse the policies as quickly as he’d like. Politico
Trump’s Travel Bans May Take Years to Reverse
From the start of his presidency, Trump has created several strict travel restrictions on visas from those with citizenships from more than a dozen African and Muslim-majority countries. Biden promised to abolish Trump’s travel ban on his first day in office. But because the decrease in migration from those countries has atrophied the U.S. immigration system’s infrastructure, Biden may have to slowly phase in his policies. Visas given to Iranians decreased by 79 percent between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2019, while they went down 74 percent for Somalis and 66 percent for Yemenis, according to The Bridge Initiative. The new restrictions already prevented over 15,000 spouses and adopted children of U.S. citizens from uniting with their spouses or parents in the U.S., per the Cato Institute. Time
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