U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") recently published a troubling memorandum that will place more people in removal proceedings. This will be done by USCIS issuing what's known as a Notice to Appear ("NTA"), the government charging document that initiates removal proceedings.
Last week, I was in a volunteer attorney group at the immigration detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, assisting women and children who recently fled Central America. It was the most difficult week I've ever had as an immigration attorney, but also the most fulfilling. While the experience could fill any number of pages, my memories of the children there will remain with me the longest.
Conservative websites Breitbart.com the National Review online have both reported that ICE has allegedly directed officers to stop using the term "Unaccompanied Alien Child" or "UAC" in reference to minors who attempt to cross the border without a parent or guardian, and instead simply refer to them as "unaccompanied children".
Note- this blog was initially written regarding San Francisco's resolution to stop honoring most ICE detainers. It is now updated to reflect the signing of the California-wide TRUST Act.