Hot off the press from RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, another big win in immigration, and a big slap upside the head to the tRump administration:

Ken Cuccinelli was improperly appointed to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services! Details are in today’s court decision below:

Decision PDF

From a RAICES email just in:

USCIS is an agency of the Department of Homeland Security and processes applications for asylum, refugee status, work visas, and citizenship. And If you don’t recall, Ken recently suggested the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty be changed. The leader of USCIS should not be a person who blatantly attempts to erase the history and values of America. And the court’s strong rebuke in today’s ruling now sends a powerful message to the Administration that it cannot escape the lawful process for appointments.

The bottom line?

The Court concludes that it has jurisdiction over Plaintiffs’ challenges to the reduced-time-to-consult and prohibition-on-extensions directives and that it lacks jurisdiction over Plaintiffs’ challenge relating to the in-person-orientation directive. The Court also concludes that Cuccinelli was not lawfully appointed to serve as the acting Director of USCIS and that, accordingly, the reduced-time-to-consult and prohibition-on-extensions directives must be set aside as ultra vires under both the FVRA, 5 U.S.C. § 3348(d)(1), and the APA, 5 U.S.C. §706(2)(A). Finally, the Court sets aside the individual Plaintiffs’ negative credible-fear determinations and expedited removal orders and remands to USCIS for further proceedings consistent with this decision.

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