The Courts took center stage this week as several immigration related cases came up for oral arguments. Read on for more information!

1. Supreme Court hears arguments on census citizenship question

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday related to the upcoming census and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to add a citizenship question to it. With a 5-4 conservative majority, the High Court seems poised to uphold Secretary Ross’ decision. A question on citizenship has not been included in the decennial census since 1950.

See Reuters and Politico’s articles for a further breakdown of oral arguments . You can also read a more detailed history of the census at the U.S. Census Bureau website.

2. 9th Circuit hears arguments on the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy

On Wednesday, the 9th Circuit heard arguments on the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy where asylum seekers are returned to Mexico while their case is being processed. The Circuit Court also placed a hold on a lower court judge’s stay of the policy.

Read more about this case at CNN.

3. USCIS to begin closing foreign immigration offices as early as June 2019

USCIS has announced they will begin to close all foreign immigration offices as soon as June 2019. The closures come in a long line of changing immigration policies and processes under the current Administration. USCIS plans complete the closures by mid-January 2020.

Read more on this story at BuzzFeed News.

4. President Trump issues memo to begin cracking down on visa overstays

President Trump started the week by issuing a new memo that calls on the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to find new ways to stop visa overstays. Ideas such as restricting travel from countries with high levels of visa overstay or requiring an “admission bond” for people coming to the U.S. have already been discussed. It is unclear what policies the Departments will produce on this matter in the next 120 days.

Learn more about this story at AP.

5. ICE may no longer arrest immigrants in New York court without a judicial warrant

New York Courts ruled that ICE may no longer arrest immigrants appearing in court for other matters without a judicial warrant. Judicial warrants must be signed by a Federal Judge and are different from administrative warrants which ICE also uses. ICE has increased the number of courthouse arrests during the current Administration.

Read more about this story at Time.

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