Washington sources reported that an American federal judge could rule as early as Thursday whether to order the Department of Homeland Security to stop arresting undocumented immigrants who come to government offices for interviews as part of applying for green cards. Meanwhile US District Judge Mark Wolf heard testimony from people who had been unexpectedly detained when they sat for marriage interviews as part of the application process to prove that their marriages to US citizens were legitimate.
As per report “Emails entered as evidence in the case show what appear to be efforts between US Citizenship and Immigration Services employees and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees to coordinate the interview appointments and arrests”. Moreover there are five couples named in the suit, each consisting of an undocumented immigrant married to a US citizen and attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) say there are other couples in the New England area who are facing similar situations.
Meanwhile the ACLU and attorneys at the firm WilmerHale have asked for the
injunction to apply to the Boston ICE office’s region, the impact could be felt
nationwide. Matt Segal, an ACLU attorney “The reason that these arrests
happened according to ICE itself is President Trump’s (January 2017) executive
order and that is an executive order that is nationwide”.
Hate crimes reported to the FBI soared about 17% Washington sources reported that FBI report showed released Tuesday that a total of 7,175 hate crime incidents were reported to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016, said the UCR Program’s annual Hate Crime Statistics report. Meanwhile it’s the third year in a row the FBI has reported an increase in hate crimes. The number of hate crimes in 2016 rose about 5% from 2015.
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