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El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala Account for 38% of Immigration Court Filings

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Three Central American countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — account for over a third (38 percent) of removal orders sought by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so far this fiscal year, according to the latest Immigration Court data covering the period through the end of March 2015. During FY 2014, these three countries made up over half (55 percent) of filings in U.S. Immigration Court. For the first six months of FY 2015 (October 2014 through March 2015), the largest numbers of new filings by nationality were: Mexico (22,538), El Salvador (9,590), Guatemala (9,188), Honduras (5,927) and China (3,037). Filings involving individuals from Mexico made up 35 percent of the total, compared with only 25 percent from Mexico in FY 2014. Overall, new filings in the nation’s Immigration Courts are running at a slower pace than last year. During the first six months of FY 2015, court records show 65,198 new filings. Since there is often a delay between the date a Notice to Appear (NTA) is issued and when it shows up as a court filing, these are preliminary figures and should rise somewhat when recordings are complete. New filings for the top ten nationalities as well as a snapshot view of annual trends can be found at: http://trac.syr.edu/imm/snap_newfilings.  For a more in-depth look by year, nationality, charge, immigration court and hearing location, go to TRAC’s web query tool at: http://trac.syr.edu/imm/newfiling_charge.”

Federal Justice Statistics, 2011–12

“Describes the annual activity, workloads, and outcomes associated with the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment, using data from the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA), Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC), and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Tables and text describe arrests andContinue Reading

Net Neutrality: Selected Legal Issues Raised by the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order

CRS – Net Neutrality: Selected Legal Issues Raised by the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, Kathleen Ann Ruane, Legislative Attorney. April 6, 2015. “In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that will impose rules governing the management of Internet traffic as it passes over broadband Internet access services (BIAS), whether thoseContinue Reading

Does the Death Penalty Require Death Row? The Harm of Legislative Silence

McLeod, Marah Stith, Does the Death Penalty Require Death Row? The Harm of Legislative Silence (March 14, 2015). Ohio State Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2589716 “This Article exposes two flawed assumptions about death row in leading scholarship and judicial opinions. The first flawed assumption is that death row is an inevitableContinue Reading

Public Sector Unions & the First Amendment after Harris v. Quinn and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

Tang, Aaron, Public Sector Unions & the First Amendment after Harris v. Quinn and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (March 28, 2015). New York University Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2586491 “When the Supreme Court struck down the so-called contraceptive mandate in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, it rested its ruling on theContinue Reading

What Went Wrong with the FISA Court

Brennan Center for Justice – What Went Wrong with the FISA Court by Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein, Faiza Patel, March 18, 2015. “The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court is no longer serving its constitutional function of providing a check on the executive branch’s ability to obtain Americans’ private communications. Dramatic shifts in technology and law haveContinue Reading

Constitution Annotated

Via Congress.gov – “The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic.Continue Reading

European Court of Justice Hears Case Challenging “Safe Harbor” Agreement and NSA Spying

EPIC – “The Court of Justice for the European Union heard arguments this week in Maximilian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, a case filed in Ireland following the revelations of the NSA PRISM program. At issue is whether the disclosure of EU citizens’ data by Facebook and other Internet companies to the NSA violates theContinue Reading

U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations During President Obama’s First Six Years (2009-2014)

CRS – U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations During President Obama’s First Six Years (2009-2014): Comparative Analysis with Recent Presidents, March 9, 2015. “The selection and confirmation process for U.S. circuit and district court judges is of continuing interest to Congress. Recent Senate debates over judicial nominations have focused on issues such as the relativeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Criminal History Records, Geospatial Data, Improper Payments, Military Base Realignments and Closures, Operational Contract Support, Recovery Act

Criminal History Records: Additional Actions Could Enhance the Completeness of Records Used For Employment-Related Background Checks, GAO-15-162: Published: Feb 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2015. Geospatial Data: Progress Needed on Identifying Expenditures, Building and Utilizing a Data Infrastructure, and Reducing Duplicative Efforts, GAO-15-193: Published: Feb 12, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2015. Homeland SecurityContinue Reading

Judicial Business of the United States Courts 2014

2014 Reports on Federal Courts Caseload and Activities Released “This report presents data and statistics on the work of the Federal Judiciary for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. Separate sections of this report address the appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts; the probation and pretrial services system; and other components of the Federal Judiciary.Continue Reading

‘Lost’ Clerks of the White Court Era

Cushman, Clare, ‘Lost’ Clerks of the White Court Era (March 4, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2573926 “While studies of early Supreme Court clerks have focused on the scholarly Justices (Horace Gray, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo) who hired clerks from elite law schools and mentored them on to successful careers afterContinue Reading