Politico: Federal appeals court clears way for undocumented teen to get abortion

Politico: Federal appeals court clears way for undocumented teen to get abortion

I was quoted in a Politico article on October 24 regarding a federal appeals court decision that an undocumented pregnant minor can receive an abortion. The 17-year old is being held in a federally-funded shelter in Texas after crossing the border last month, where she was immediately apprehended.

In this article I responded to Judge Karen Henderson, a George H.W. Bush appointee. Henderson said in a separate dissenting opinion that the undocumented teen lacks constitutional rights, including the right to an abortion. And she criticized the Trump administration for refusing to address that issue.

“That’s what [Henderson’s] beef is. This person was caught at the border and never formally made an entry. People who just made it into the country and don’t have any ties here, do they have any constitutional rights? Do they have the full panoply? This is really the gray area. Nobody has a clear answer.”

The full article is here: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/24/federal-appeals-court-clears-way-for-undocumented-teen-to-get-abortion-244115

Man Detained by ICE in Ithaca on Administrative Immigration Violations

Man Detained by ICE in Ithaca on Administrative Immigration Violations

I spoke with Phillip O’Driscoll of Central New York’s Spectrum News about the recent ICE arrest in Ithaca.

Unfortunately, cases like this one are not uncommon, and there are a variety of ways by which ICE can act on its own to arrest someone even if they do live in a sanctuary city.

Watch the interview or read more about this story with Spectrum News, the Cornell Daily Sun, or the Ithaca Voice.

Trump’s Quiet Reversal on Deporting Young Undocumented Immigrants

Trump’s Quiet Reversal on Deporting Young Undocumented Immigrants

I spoke with Priscilla Alvarez about DACA students being deported for leaving United States. Although Trump has not immediately axed the DACA program as he pledged, DACA recipients are still at risk of being deported. Without advanced permission, known as advance parole, leaving the country is effectively abandoned DACA status. If DACA holders return, they are returning illegally and can be subject to deportation proceedings.

Visit The Atlantic to read the full analysis of the Trump administration’s actions related to the DACA program.

The Seattle Dreamer may go free but immigration activists might have already lost

The Seattle Dreamer may go free but immigration activists might have already lost

Seattle “Dreamer”, Daniel Medina, was released today after almost 7 weeks in detention. While this is a major short term victory, Vice News explains why Daniel Medina’s victory in immigration courts was not the original goal.

https://news.vice.com/story/the-seattle-dreamer-may-go-free-but-immigration-activists-might-have-already-lost

 

Can churches provide legal sanctuary to undocumented immigrants?

Can churches provide legal sanctuary to undocumented immigrants?

Discussions about sanctuary movements conflate many approaches. Places of worship are sensitive locations, but they are not exempt from enforcement. With the correct warrant, ICE can arrest anywhere.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/17/us/immigrants-sanctuary-churches-legality-trnd/