This week in immigration news — April 2, 2020

Undocumented immigrants left out of Coronavirus relief

President Trump signed the CARES Act last week. The CARES Act is a $2 trillion relief package aimed at helping working families that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the bill leaves out protections for undocumented immigrants. This gap could leave many mixed-status families out in the cold as the crisis continues.

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10 immigrants released from detention because of the Coronavirus

A federal judge has ordered the release of 10 immigrants in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. These 10 individuals are immunocompromised and would be at high risk of becoming hospitalized if they were to become sick. Advocates have continued to urge that ICE take steps to reduce the number of people in detention in order to reduce the spread of the virus.

Immigrant advocates sue the federal government over in-person hearings

The American Immigration Lawyer’s Association has sued the federal government over the continued practice of in-person hearings for immigration cases. As states throughout the country have issued stay-at-home orders, thousands of immigrants continue to have their cases heard in person. Advocates argue that this poses a real risk to the health and safety of communities across the country.

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