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Honduran President Accused of Narcotics Trafficking

Juan Orlando Hernandez, the President of Honduras, was accused by US Prosecutors of being heavily involved with narcotics trafficking.

Here is an excerpt, CC-4 is Juan Orlando Hernandez:

In approximately 2013, CC-4, the defendant’s brother, instructed CW-3 not to seek reelection because of media reports regarding CW-3’s drug-trafficking activities. CC-4 warned that he could not continue to protect CW-3 if he remained in office, particularly in light of extradition-related pressures. CC-4 also asked CW-3 to support his campaign for the Honduran presidency by bribing local politicians so that they would muster support for CC-4 from their constituencies. CW-3 agreed to pay the bribes in exchange for, among other things, continued protection and the completion of a public works project in his region. CW-3 subsequently spent approximately $1.5 million in drug proceeds to support CC-4’s presidential campaign, including by paying cash bribes to other officials and providing gifts and favors to local politicians.

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Federal Judge Smacks Down William Barr’s Attempt to Indefinitely Detain Asylum Seekers

In Matter of M-S (27 I. & N. Dec. 509 (A.G. 2019) , Attorney General William Barr, who has turned out to be a reliable anti-immigrant, anti-rule-of-law tool for Donald Trump, tried to allow DHS to indefinitely detain immigrants during their asylum hearings before Immigration Judges.

A U.S. District Court just ruled that Barr’s actions were illegal: M-S- violates the United States Constitution. Here is the modified decision and order from the case:

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Class Action Victory! R.F.M. v Nielsen

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is a remedy for immigrant children who are under the age of 21, and have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one or both parents.  The remedy is dependent on each state’s law on the age of majority.  On February 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) began to deny all Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases of children between the ages of 18 and 20 at the time their Family Court orders of abandonment, abuse and neglect were issued, based upon the misinterpretation of New York Law, asserting that the age of majority is 18.  USCIS had in fact approved such cases for almost a decade before this change, even though the law on the age of majority had not changed.

After a little over a year of denials and notices of intent to deny based on this change of adjudication, federal judge John G. Koetl of the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment in the class action lawsuit, R.F.M. v. Nielsen, 18-cv-5068.  “Because the agency’s policy is contrary to the plain language of the SIJ statute, lacks a reasoned explanation, is premised on erroneous misinterpretations of state law,  and was not enacted with adequate notice, the policy is arbitrary and capricious, ‘in excess of statutory jurisdiction,’ and ‘without observance of procedure required by law.’  Accordingly, the policy must be set aside.”

Plaintiffs have until March 22, 2019 to submit a proposed order for declaratory and injuctive relief.  The government may respond by May 29, 2019.  This nightmare soon ends, and immigrant children can remain protected in New York.  We look forward to many victories beginning in April.

Click Here to Read Order in R.F.M. v. Nielsen

El estatus especial de inmigrante juvenil es un remedio para los niños inmigrantes menores de 21 años, y han sido abandonados, abusados o descuidados por uno o ambos padres. El remedio depende de la ley de cada estado en la mayoría de edad. El 2018 de febrero, los servicios de ciudadanía e inmigración de los Estados Unidos ( “USCIS “) empezaron a negar todos los casos especiales de inmigrantes juveniles de niños entre las edades de 18 y 20 años en el momento en que se emitieron sus órdenes de abandono, abuso y negligencia de la corte de familia, con base sobre la mala interpretación de la ley de Nueva York, afirmando que la mayoría de edad es de 18 años. USCIS había aprobado de hecho tales casos durante casi una década antes de este cambio, a pesar de que la ley sobre la mayoría de edad no había cambiado.

Después de un poco más de un año de negaciones y avisos de intención de negar basado en este cambio de adjudicación, el juez federal John G. Koetl del distrito sur de Nueva York otorgó un juicio sumario en la demanda colectiva, R.F.M. v. Nielsen, 18-CV-5068. “Debido a que la política de la Agencia es contraria al lenguaje llano del estatuto del SIJ, carece de una explicación razonada, se basa en malas interpretaciones erróneas de la ley estatal, y no fue promulgada con suficiente antelación, la política es arbitraria y caprichosa, ‘ en exceso de la jurisdicción legal, ‘ y ‘ sin observancia del procedimiento exigido por la ley. ‘ En consecuencia, la política debe ser anulada. ”

Los demandantes tienen hasta el 22 de marzo de 2019 para presentar una propuesta de orden de alivio declaratorio y perjudicial. El gobierno puede responder el 29 de mayo de 2019. Esta pesadilla pronto termina, y los niños inmigrantes pueden permanecer protegidos en Nueva York. Esperamos muchas victorias a partir de abril.