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Despite COVID-19, SCOTUS Refuses to Stop Use of New Public Charge Definition

The Supreme Court refused to lift its stay of federal court orders that prevented the Trump administration from making changes to the definition of public charge. Immigrants who are deemed a “public charge” are ineligible to receive green cards/lawful permanent resident status. The most recent definition of public charge, adopted in 1999, included immigrants who

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New Presidential Proclamation Limits Green Cards Temporarily

When President Trump tweeted that he intended to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States due to COVID-19 no one quite knew what to expect. The presidential proclamation prevents foreign nationals who are outside of the United States now and for the next 60 days (possibly longer if the proclamation is extended) from applying for legal permanent

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The Supreme Court COVID-19 Slow Down

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is known for its ceaselessness. Government shutdowns, snowstorms, anthrax, and vacancies haven’t slowed down the High Court. But it has not been spared by this global pandemic. This term, the Supreme Court is expected to issue about 56 opinions—about the same number it issued in 1864—the fourth year of

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New York Challenges Regulations Related to Federal Coronavirus-Based Leave

On March 18, 2020, Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), providing certain workers up to ten paid sick days and up to twelve weeks of emergency family leave in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule implementing the FFCRA. In a lawsuit,

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COVID-19 Guidance for Immigrant Rich Communities

Communities with large immigrant populations may be at risk for greater exposure to COVID-19 because of new rules that have been implemented by the Trump Administration. These rules include increased enforcement efforts to remove all undocumented immigrants, implementation of stricter public charge rules and closure of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices which process

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Second Circuit Rules against Cities and States in Sanctuary Jurisdictions Case

In 2006, Congress created the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne JAG) to provide “flexible” funds for state and local law enforcement programs. Last week, the Second Circuit became the first federal court of appeals to rule in favor of the Attorney General’s decision to add conditions to receiving federal Byrne JAG grants. In

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Local Governments Respond to Car Impounding SCOTUS Case

The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) has filed an amicus brief in City of Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton, an important case for local governments. The City of Chicago impounds vehicles when debtors have three or more unpaid fines. When Robbin Fulton’s vehicle was impounded for this reason, she filed for bankruptcy and asked the

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Robocall Case Has Important Implications for Local Governments

What does Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants have to do with state and local governments? The question the Supreme Court will decide in this case is whether allowing robocalls for government-debt only violates the First Amendment. State and local governments aren’t likely recipients of such calls. In one word the answer is Reed; as in Reed v. Town

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For Now, Supreme Court Won’t Review Flint Water Crisis Case

The Flint water crisis was one of the more notable events of the last decade. Unsurprisingly, it led to litigation. So far, the Sixth Circuit has refused to dismiss the case against a number of the state and local government officials who were sued. This week, the Supreme Court refused to hear their case challenging

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SCOTUS Allows Public Charge Rules to Go into Effect Temporarily

The Supreme Court has stayed a nationwide injunction which disallowed the public charge rule from going into effect anywhere in the United States. For now, the public charge rule will remain in effect across the country (except in Illinois) until the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court, if it decides to get involved, rules in

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