El Pueblo is a program of Seashore Mission, Inc., a social justice outreach of the United Methodist Church. Our mission is to create a community of hospitality by offering refuge and restoration on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We envision a coastal community where immigrants are welcomed, enjoy fundamental human rights, and live lives of dignity. We accomplish this through various programs.
We host weekly meetings to empower women of different cultures on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Do you have a question about our services or want to know how to get involved?
Call us at (228) 436-3986.
Los teléfonos están funcionando. ¡Gracias por su paciencia!
The telephones are working again. Thank you for your patience!
Nuestros teléfonos no funcionan. ¡Nos disculpamos por las molestias y le avisaremos cuando se solucionen!
Our phones are not working. We apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know when they are fixed!
Cerraremos el miércoles, 5 de septiembre. Volveremos a abrir el jueves, 6 de septiembre a las 9 a.m. ¡Gracias por su paciencia!
We will be closed Wednesday, September 5. We will reopen Thursday, September 6th at 9 a.m. Thank you for your patience!
Registration for Fall 2018 classes is almost over. Please call (228) 436-3986 by August 20th to reserve your spot. Classes start on August 21st and are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The fee of $40 includes books, but don’t let the fees stop you from registering.
Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled that neither immigration judges nor the Board of Appeals has the authority to grant administrative closure. The following explains the American Bar Association’s view on administrative closure:
“The Supreme Court has explained—in the context of Article III courts—that ‘the power to stay proceedings is incidental to the power inherent in every court,’” the ABA brief said. “The same is true for the BIA and immigration courts.”
In addition, the ABA argued, administrative closure is an important tool for docket management. Administrative closure essentially suspends a case, creating a pause in cases that are not yet ready to be heard so that the court can focus its efforts on those cases that are priorities. Withdrawing that authority would exacerbate the immigration courts’ backlog, and could also force immigrants into court before proceedings elsewhere (such as a state-court case or a visa application) are finished, effectively denying them relief they’re entitled to.
“An increased reliance on continuances would be highly detrimental to the effective operation of the courts, forcing IJs and the parties to expend valuable time and resources on cases that do not need to be adjudicated,” the brief said. “And entering final orders of removal when an immigrant has a fair likelihood of obtaining immigration relief … is arbitrary and contrary to the Immigration and Nationality Act’s recognition that certain classes of individuals are deserving of relief.”
Nonetheless, Sessions has eliminated this tool, creating a less efficient and less just system.