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Daniel M. Kowalski: Beyond the Alabama Law, It's the Looks

"Even if H.B. 56, Alabama's tough new immigration law , is stricken down by the federal courts - an outcome made more likely by an interim ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit - irreversible damage to the state's Latino population already may have been done." Consider...

Editor's Corner: If 'Unauthorized' is Good Enough for the Supreme Court...

Charles Garcia says the phrase "illegal immigrant" is a slur . Ruben Navarrette disagrees . The Supreme Court and I take a different tack altogether. In Arizona et al. v. United States , the majority opinion consistently uses the term "unauthorized" to modify the words "alien...

The Shape of Immigration Reform: It's Not About Votes

"Everyone says Congress and President Obama will tackle -- and solve -- immigration reform just as soon as the 'fiscal cliff' crisis is averted (or not.) Just how that will be done is the 12 million -- not dollars, but unauthorized immigrants' -- question." - Daniel M. Kowalski...

A Tech Industry View of the Newly Elected: 2013’s Most Relevant State & Federal Legislation

Free Webinar Jan. 31st : – Immigration reform is a top priority for the Obama administration, and the 113th Congress is made up of the largest class of Latino members ever. Will this be the year for CIR (Comprehensive Immigration Reform?) Mr. Kowalski, Editor of Bender's Immigration Bulletin...

Five Myths About The Immigration 'Line'

How long is the wait, really? - Daniel M. Kowalski, Feb. 1, 2013 .

Smerconish and Kowalski on 'The Line'

Media superstar Michael Smerconish (he's interviewed Obama seven times !) discussed Five Myths About the Immigration Line with yours truly on Feb. 5, 2013. Here's a link to the MP3 .

EDITOR'S CORNER - Numbers: The Hard Truth About Immigration Reform

'Comprehensive Immigration Reform,' a.k.a. CIR, seems to be on a roll. The Gang of Eight in the Senate and a similar cabal in the House claim they will release bills in April . I hope they do. But all CIR bills will fail unless they confront one central truth: Numbers. We need a 'surge'...

Looking for the 'Inside News' and 'Outside News' Tabs?

Yes, the new 'Legal Newsroom' format is a 'work in progress.' While LexisNexis works out the kinks, here are links you can bookmark for direct routes to Inside News and Outside News . As always, your comments are welcome at dk at justnews dot org. Thank you for your loyalty! Dan Kowalski...

For Some Immigrants, There Is No Visa 'Line'

"Sergio Garcia, the Californian granted a law license despite being in the U.S. illegally, has been waiting in vain since 1994 to get an immigration visa. Depending on their connections and home country, the wait for some would-be immigrants is far shorter, but delays of a decade or two are routine...

Path to What, and When?

"House Speaker John Boehner is set to unveil his counter to the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill. The one-page GOP set of principles could be aired just prior to President Obama's State of the Union speech on January 28th. Observers focus on whether or not the GOP plans...

The Real State of the Union: Immigration Law

"The problems with the U.S. immigration system affect everyone, from farmers to tech billionaires. But they can seem especially frustrating to those with money to burn. That explains why Mark Zuckerberg and other outspoken CEOs are so active in the immigration reform movement . We can break down...

Why 'Enforcement First' is Backwards: Dan Kowalski

The GOP released a one-page ' Standards for Immigration Reform ' on Jan. 30, 2014. It calls for border security and interior enforcement first, before any visa reform. They've got it backwards. Here's why .

Editor's Corner: NYT 'Shift' on Immigration Language a Failure

Nearly a year ago the New York Times announced it would continue to use the phrase 'illegal immigrant' in its stories, while granting permission to reporters to 'consider alternatives.' Two recent stories demonstrate how Times reporters and editors have failed to keep up with the rest...

At the AILA Conference in Boston...Meet the Experts!

Come to the LexisNexis booth to meet: Wednesday, June 18 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Daniel M. Kowalski Thursday, June 19 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lindsay A. Curcio ; 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Ronald Y. Wada Friday, June 20 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Stephen Yale-Loehr Lindsay A. Curcio...

The Refugee Option Obama Will Ignore

"Under existing law, with the stroke of a pen, President Obama could solve the current crisis of the Central American children coming to America without visas. He could, and should, declare most or all of them to be refugees under Section 207(b) of the Immigration & Nationality Act, 8 U.S. Code...

No Bond for Babies

"Channeling former Attorney General John Ashcroft's 2003 edict to deny bond to Haitian refugees, ICE lawyers in immigration courts are arguing for "no bond" orders against mothers and children fleeing gang violence, poverty and chaos in Central America." - Daniel M. Kowalski,...

Real Reform Starts With More Visas: Daniel M. Kowalski

"We need a surge of green card visa numbers on the front end, right now, to wipe out the backlog of thousands of family members and potential employees who have been waiting in line patiently for years. And to eliminate a future buildup of another undocumented immigrant population, we need many...

Initial Reactions to Executive Actions on Immigration

"No mention, in the President's speech, of releasing the mothers and children from Artesia, from Karnes City, from Dilley, from Berks County. If "felons, not families" is to have meaning, close those jails and release those refugees. Is this action illegal? Of course not, but Republicans...

Podcast: Stephen Yale-Loehr on Immigration Executive Action

"Since President Obama’s speech on immigration and immigration policy in November, there have been wide-spread rumors and reports about what the [executive action] actually means. In this podcast, Dan Kowalski , editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin , and Stephen Yale-Loehr , co-author...