Immigration Law

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Why We Are Suing the Government
Posted on 29 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"American Immigration Council Executive Director Ben Johnson explains why the Council has filed lawsuits against the federal government." - American Immigration Council, Aug. 28, 2014 . Read More

Groups Sue Feds Over Failure to Provide Lawyers for Kids in Immigration Court
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the... Read More

Class Action Challenges Tucson Border Patrol Detention Practices
Posted on 11 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Tucson Sector Border Patrol holds men, women, and children in freezing, overcrowded, and filthy cells for extended periods of time in violation of the U.S. Constitution, a group of legal organizations allege in a class-action lawsuit filed Monday... Read More

ICE, Nashville Cops Settle Warrantless Immigration Raid Lawsuit: Escobar v. Gaines
Posted on 29 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of victims of a warrantless raid in Nashville, Tennessee, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Metropolitan Nashville Police Department... Read More

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Obama's Intimidation of Refugee Moms, Kids
Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children to intimidate others from coming to the United States. The case... Read More

Advocate for Immigrants Named 2016 MacArthur Fellow - Ahilan Arulanantham
Posted on 22 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MacArthur Foundation, Sept. 21, 2016 - Ahilan Arulanantham, Human Rights Lawyer , Director of Advocacy and Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Los Angeles, California "Ahilan Arulanantham is an attorney working... Read More

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill
Posted on 21 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid... Read More

Court Enjoins 'Deterrence' Theory on Immigration Court Bonds for Refugee Moms, Kids
Posted on 21 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal court today granted a preliminary injunction putting an immediate halt to the Obama administration's policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children as a way to deter others from coming to the United States. The American... Read More

95 Years Ago: Palmer Raids Target Immigrants
Posted on 6 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At the end of World War I, anxiety in Europe and the U.S. over an emerging Bolshevik government in Russia all but overshadowed Allied victory. Known in America as the Red Scare, this fear of world communism often expressed itself as xenophobia,... Read More

Record of Abuse: Lawlessness and Impunity in Border Patrol's Interior Enforcement Operations
Posted on 19 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Oct. 15, 2015 - " Government records obtained by the ACLU shed new light on Border Patrol’s vast interior enforcement operations, most of which occur far from any international border. Though Border Patrol says these operations are “safe... Read More

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Delays in Immigration Courts: Cancino Castellar v. Kelly
Posted on 11 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU San Diego, Mar. 10, 2017 ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Against DHS Challenging Months–Long Delays in Bringing Detained Immigrants, Asylum Seekers Before Judges Thousands Are Incarcerated For Months In Remote Facilities Waiting To See... Read More

CBP Pays $475K to Settle Suit Over Illegal Cavity Search of American Citizen at Border
Posted on 22 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, July 21, 2016 - "Today, the ACLU of Texas and the ACLU of New Mexico announced a record settlement in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) paid a New Mexico woman $475,000 for illegally subjecting her to vaginal and anal searches... Read More

Judge Orders Attorney Access to Refugee Kids in Arizona Immigration Jail
Posted on 18 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On July 10, 2014, prompted by the government’s initial response to the large influx of unaccompanied alien children6 (“unaccompanied children” or “UAC”) and families – many from El Salvador – who have recently... Read More

Border Patrol Sued for Excessive Force: 200 Lb. Agent Throws 100 Lb. Disabled U.S. Citizen to the Ground, Cuffs Her
Posted on 22 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against what the advocacy group claims are egregious abuses of power within the ranks of border law enforcement. The suit, filed in the Brownsville office of the U.S. District Court for... Read More

Notice of Proposed Settlement & Hearing in 'Reasonable Fear Determination' Class Action: Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson
Posted on 27 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AND HEARING IN CLASS ACTION INVOLVING DETAINED NON-CITIZENS WHO ARE AWAITING A “REASONABLE FEAR DETERMINATION” ALFARO GARCIA, ET AL. V. JOHNSON, ET AL., Case No. 4:14-cv-01775-YGR IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT... Read More