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The Immigration Court’s Institutional Hearing Program: How Will It Be Affected

“Special Immigration Court hearings under the court’s Institutional Hearing Program (IHP) appear slated for expansion under President Trump. A new directive, signed by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Monday, February 20, 2017 provides that “to the maximum extent possible” removal proceedings be initiated against noncitizens currently “incarcerated in federal, state, and local correctional facilities.” Such court removal proceedings are carried out through the Department of Justice’s Institutional Hearing Program within the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). Through this program, immigration judges determine whether noncitizens are deportable while they are still incarcerated and serving their sentence. The IHP program has been in existence for over 35 years. An analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University of case-by-case court records shows that under previous presidents more than 200,000 individuals have been processed through this program. This special TRAC report examines the operation this program from FY 1980 through FY 2016. IHP court records reveal both a dramatic growth and then precipitous fall in the number of individuals handled through this system. These trends may prove instructive in helping to assess the impact of this new DHS directive on the court’s workload. To see the full report go to:”

Letters to Regulators 17 Organizations Comment on CFPB Request for Information Regarding Consumer Access to Financial Records

Americans for Financial Reform – Letters to Regulators: 17 Organizations Comment on CFPB Request for Information Regarding Consumer Access to Financial Records, February 21, 2017. “…Thank you for this opportunity to respond to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) request for information regarding consumer-permissioned access to financial account and account-related data in usable electronic form.… Continue Reading

White House Executive Orders on Protecting the Homeland – Additional Resources

February 20, 2017: Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvement Policies February 20, 2017: Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest February 21, 2017: Fact Sheet: Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements February 21, 2017: Fact Sheet: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States February… Continue Reading

Trump Slumps As American Voters Disapprove 55% – 38%

Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds Voters Trust Media, Courts More Than President – “American voters today give President Donald Trump a negative 38 – 55 percent job approval rating, his worst net score since he took office, down from a negative 42 – 51 percent approval rating in a February 7 Quinnipiac University national poll.… Continue Reading

The Hill – New EPA chief’s emails reveal coordination with oil interests

The Hill – “Emails from new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s tenure as Oklahoma attorney general reveal several instances of coordination between his office and oil interests in his state. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released the emails on Wednesday, one day after Pruitt’s former office turned them over to a state court… Continue Reading

Bloomberg – Next Financial Crisis Might Be in Your Driveway

With late payments on the rise, a dealership upsell begins to look dangerous: “Lured by low interest rates, low gas prices, and a crop of seductive vehicles that are faster, smarter, and more efficient than ever before, American drivers are increasingly riding in style. Don’t be fooled by the curb appeal, though—those swanky machines are… Continue Reading

New Housing Vacancy Survey Annual Statistics

“The U.S. Census Bureau released annual statistics for the 2016 vacancy rates, homeownership rates and characteristics of units available for occupancy for the United States, regions, states and the 75 largest metropolitan statistical areas. Data for all geographies are from the Current Population Survey and are available both quarterly and annually. Homeownership rates are also… Continue Reading

Suits Challenging Confinement of Noncitizens Jump

“Habeas corpus filings in federal courts challenging the confinement of noncitizens have risen sharply. The latest available data from the federal courts show that during January 2017 the government reported 168 new habeas corpus civil filings by noncitizens. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up… Continue Reading

Cities With the Highest (and Lowest) Unemployment Rates

24/7 Wall St –  “The U.S. labor market has improved remarkably in recent years, as the unemployment rate has fully returned to pre-recession levels. The national unemployment rate reached 4.7% in December, the same as it was in November 2007, the month before the recession officially began. That recovery, of course, has been far from… Continue Reading

Report – The invisible hazard afflicting thousands of schools

“…Nearly 8,000 U.S. public schools lie within 500 feet of highways, truck routes and other roads with significant traffic, according to a joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. That’s about one in every 11 public schools, serving roughly 4.4 million students and spread across every… Continue Reading

Bank Accounts for the Unbanked: Evidence from a Big Bang Experiment

Chopra, Yakshup and Prabhala, Nagpurnanand and Tantri, Prasanna L., Bank Accounts for the Unbanked: Evidence from a Big Bang Experiment (February 12, 2017).  Available at SSRN: “Over 2.5 billion individuals around the world are unbanked. How they can be brought into the formal financial system is a question of policy and academic interest. We… Continue Reading

The Misjudgment of Criminal Responsibility

Beattey, Robert A. and Fondacaro, J.D., Ph.D., Mark R., The Misjudgment of Criminal Responsibility (February 18, 2017). Beattey, R., & Fondacaro, M.R. The misjudgment of criminal responsibility, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: “Generally, a criminal statute must consist of two essential elements: a description of the forbidden act (actus reus)… Continue Reading