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American Bar Association Launches Pro Bono Campaign to Assist Families Facing Deportation

Please: Chamber of Commerce encourages increasing immigration, and gang databases face criticism after MS-13 accusations

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The American Bar Association has launched its Pro Bono Matters for Families Facing Deportation website in an effort to help families facing deportation. The site lists the cases of families in 11 cities who need legal representation, inviting lawyers to connect with the families to assist them. When families are connected to pro-bono attorneys, the lawyers will be given manuals and trained through the American Bar Association to assist with accelerated immigration court proceedings. ABA Journal

In other national immigration news…

Increase Legal Immigration to Fill Jobs, Chamber of Commerce Chief Recommends

Suzanne Clark, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recommended the government double its number of legal immigrants to deal with record-high job vacancies. At the group’s State of American Business conference, she advised the approach is preferable to transferring citizens between sectors, industries, and skill levels. In order to grow the economy and stay competitive, she recommended a larger workforce as well as a permanent solution for Dreamers who contribute to their communities despite their legal status being in limbo. News Talk Florida

Boston Police Department’s Gang Database Takes a Beating in Court Decision

An appeals panel in Boston upheld Cristian Joshue Diaz Ortiz’s claim that he was wrongly accused of being a member of MS-13, a criminal gang. The justices noted there are flaws in the Boston Police Department’s database, particularly “its reliance on an erratic point system built on unsubstantiated inferences.” In recent years, cities’ gang databases have been scrutinized as law enforcement agents swept up suspected MS-13 members from areas such as suburban Long Island. Attorneys for Diaz Ortiz, a Salvadoran national, said the ruling will help his quest for asylum. NBC Boston

DOJ Chief Immigration Judge Entangled in Court Filings 

The ACLU Massachusetts and American Oversight filed court documents showing former key Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney, Tracy Short — now the Chief Immigration Judge at the Department of Justice — cheering the arrest of a Massachusetts state court judge who was accused of helping an immigrant escape federal custody. The document shows an email in which Short wrote “The first of many?” in regard to a Fox News report about the charges. ACLU Massachusetts and American Oversight had sued ICE for documents related to whether the agency “leveraged the criminal process in an attempt to pressure Massachusetts judges to exercise their powers in ICE’s favor.” 

Republican Lawmakers Urge Arizona Gov. to Use War Power at Southern Border

Two former Trump administration officials and a group of Arizona state lawmakers have called on Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to use war powers against what they claim is an “invasion” of migrants at the southern border. They argue Ducey can use the U.S. Constitution in a novel way to have the state police or National Guard send migrants to Mexico at will without following immigration laws or law enforcement processes. The process would be more like the military’s defense against invasion. Ducey has aggressively challenged President Biden’s border policies, most recently in his State of the State address earlier this week. AP

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