Immigration Law

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ICE to Hike Fees for Foreign Students, Exchange Visitors, Schools
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 22, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take... Read More

New State Law Protects Immigrants in Washington
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, May 21, 2019 "On May 21st, Governor Jay Inslee signed The Keep Washington Working Act (Senate Bill 5497) into law. This important legislation promotes fairness to immigrants and protects the privacy and civil rights of all Washington residents... Read More

ICE Pushes Detainer Envelope with 'Warrant Service Officer' Program
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 6, 2019 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the creation of a new collaborative program intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited due to state and local policies... Read More

CA2 on Habeas, Suspension Clause, Free Speech - Ragbir v. Homan
Posted on 25 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ragbir v. Homan "Ravidath Ragbir, an alien subject to a final order of removal, together with several immigration‐policy advocacy organizations, appeals from an interlocutory order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of... Read More

NY Bars ICE Arrests in State Courthouses: Directive (Apr. 17, 2019)
Posted on 20 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mallory Moench, Times Union, Apr. 18, 2019 "ICE can no longer arrest undocumented immigrants inside New York courthouses unless they have a warrant signed by a judge. The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) signed its new rule change... Read More

New FOIA Release - Butler County ICE Detainees Paid in Coffee Packets, ICE Punishes Hunger Strikers in Tacoma
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Mar. 25, 2019 "Attorneys have been suing private prisons for their exploitation of people in custody under immigration laws, a phenomenon that has been receiving increasing coverage by the mainstream media . But county... Read More

CA5 on Change of Address: Fuentes-Peña v. Barr
Posted on 8 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Fuentes-Peña v. Barr "Because ICE is now responsible for providing the alien’s address to the immigration court when it files the NTA, we read 8 U.S.C. §1229, through the lens of 6 U.S.C. § 557, to require the alien to provide... Read More

Judge Rules Colorado Sheriffs Have No Legal Authority to Hold Prisoners for ICE: Cisneros v. Elder
Posted on 10 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Colorado, Dec. 7, 2018 - " State District Court Judge Eric Bentley issued a final ruling last night barring El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder from holding people in jail at the request of federal immigration enforcement (ICE) after they have... Read More

ICE Detainer Litigation Victory in NY: People v. DeMarco
Posted on 15 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Nov. 14, 2018 - "A state appeals court in Brooklyn ruled today definitively, and for the first time, that it is illegal under state law for local law enforcement agencies in New York to make immigration arrests at the request of federal immigration... Read More

Tags: New York , ACLU , detainers , ICE

D.C. Attorney General Sues ICE for Answers About Immigration Crackdowns
Posted on 23 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine , Oct. 22, 2018 - "Attorney General Karl A. Racine today filed a lawsuit seeking to force U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to provide answers about recent ICE enforcement actions in the... Read More

Aug. 15, 2017 Memo from ICE Legal on Enforcement Priorities, Prosecutorial Discretion (BuzzFeed)
Posted on 8 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Oct. 8, 2018 - "Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement were restricted from granting reprieves for certain immigrants facing deportation, ordered to review and potentially reopen previously closed cases, and... Read More

CA9 Upholds Saravia Preliminary Injunction
Posted on 1 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Saravia v. Sessions , court staff summary - "In an action arising from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s rearrest and detention of noncitizens who came to this country as unaccompanied minors, the panel affirmed the district court’s... Read More

Class Action Certified in Cambodian Detention Suit: Chhoeun v. Marin
Posted on 16 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chhoeun v. Marin - "This action challenges the Government’s policy of arbitrarily rounding up and placing in immigration detention individuals who have been living peaceably in our communities for years.1 Petitioners Nak Kim Chhoeun and Mony... Read More

USCIS, ICE Set Trap for Green Card Applicants in New England
Posted on 15 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Aug. 14, 2018 - "Recently unsealed documents and depositions show the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses its own regulations – which were designed to protect the families of noncitizens from unnecessary separation... Read More

Tags: USCIS , ICE , Green Card

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $41K to $9K; ICE Must Specify Violations: USA v. Super 8
Posted on 30 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In order to establish liability for a particular violation, it is first necessary for the government to state with specificity what the violation is. See United States v. Stanford Sign and Awning, Inc., 10 OCAHO no. 1145, 7 (2012). ICE was accordingly... Read More