ICE offers workaround to allow police in sanctuary cities to temporarily detain immigrants–ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a new program this week to allow local law enforcement officers to detain some immigrants in the country illegally in sanctuary jurisdictions that bar immigration cooperation.

The program trains local police to become warrant service officers for ICE who can serve warrants on behalf of the agency inside local jails and correctional facilities where they work, according to a press release. ICE will then have 48 hours to take the immigrant into custody.

The program allows local police to detain criminal suspects for ICE for two days past the time at which they would have been released from custody, the Washington Post explains. The Hill also has coverage.

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Lawyers Argue Sophomore Should Be Allowed to Join Lawsuit Against Fordham Over Student Palestine Club Ban | Center for Constitutional Rights

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May 8, 2019, New York – Today, attorneys asked a New York State Supreme Court judge to allow a new student petitioner, sophomore Veer Shetty, to join a lawsuit against Fordham University over the school’s refusal to allow a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club on campus. Fordham opposed Veer joining the lawsuit and has barred students from forming an SJP since the club was approved by the student government in 2016. The original four petitioners who brought the lawsuit in April 2017 have graduated or will graduate in ten days. Judge Nancy Bannon indicated that parties should expect a decision next week.

“I’m still at Fordham, I still want to form an SJP, and I will continue this lawsuit until I am able to organize freely for Palestinian human rights at my school,” said Veer Shetty, Fordham class of 2021, who was seeking to be added to the case today.

The lawsuit argues that Fordham’s veto of the student government’s approval of SJP was arbitrary and capricious, violating the school’s own policies guaranteeing free expression. In November 2017–after two of the original four petitioners had graduated–attorneys asked the court for a prompt order directing Fordham to recognize the SJP club. The court has not yet ruled on that request.

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Is There a Connection Between Undocumented Immigrants and Crime? | The Marshall Project

By ANNA FLAGG

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A lot of research has shown that there’s no causal connection between immigration and crime in the United States. But after one such study was reported on jointly by The Marshall Project and The Upshot last year, readers had one major complaint: Many argued it was unauthorized immigrants who increase crime, not immigrants over all.

This story was published in collaboration with The New York Times‘s Upshot.

An analysis derived from new data is now able to help address this question, suggesting that growth in illegal immigration does not lead to higher local crime rates.

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Court rules immigrants can be deported for marijuana crime-AP

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 A federal appeals court has ruled that California’s legalization of marijuana doesn’t protect immigrants from deportation if they were convicted of pot crimes before voters approved the new law in 2016.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied on Friday the appeal of a woman who was convicted in 2014 of possession of marijuana for sale.

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