Immigration Law

Recent Posts

A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis: Sonia Nazario
Posted on 12 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"To permanently stem this flow of children, we must address the complex root causes of violence in Honduras, as well as the demand for illegal drugs in the United States that is fueling that violence. In the meantime, however, we must recognize this... Read More

Hundreds of Asylum-Seekers Released After Texas Court Ruling
Posted on 8 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tina Vasquez, Rewire, Dec. 5, 2016 - "After more than a year of court proceedings, a judge in Texas issued a final judgment late Friday afternoon, preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing child-care licenses... Read More

ABA President: Detention of Refugee Moms, Kids "Inconsistent with Fundamental Principles of Liberty"
Posted on 28 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"... Detention is neither effective nor justifiable as deterrence to migration of families and individuals fleeing violence. Such detention violates basic principles requiring that any deprivation of liberty be justified based on individual circumstances... Read More

Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling
Posted on 29 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, CLINIC, AIC, HRF, RAICES, Dec. 24, 2015 - "Attorneys and advocates called the government to account for rushing detained children and mothers through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger; glaring due process violations have... Read More

Report of the DHS Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers
Posted on 3 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Sept. 30, 2016 - "The detention of migrant children and families by the U.S. government has been controversial since its inception. Child and family detention has been the subject of a number of federal lawsuits – most notably, the Flores... Read More

TRAC: Legal Representation Makes 14X Difference in 'Women with Children' Immigration Court Cases
Posted on 17 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Results continue to show that the single most important factor in determining outcome is whether or not these individuals are represented in their court proceedings. For cases concluded thus far, the odds of being allowed to remain in this country... Read More

2016 Journalism Fellowship Focused on Children - IJJ (Atlanta, Mar. 30 - Apr. 1)
Posted on 31 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Institute for Justice & Journalism - "Nowhere is the U.S. demographic shift being felt sooner and more dramatically than in schools. By 2020, one in three children will be an immigrant or have an immigrant parent. How schools are responding to... Read More

Stumbling Toward a Humanitarian Solution: Donald Kerwin
Posted on 21 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[W]e do not yet know the mix of policy, operational and legal responses that will be needed to resolve this situation in a way that vindicates rights, respects the rule-of-law, and protects those in need. Three overarching considerations, however... Read More

Guilty Plea in Ohio Egg Farm Slavery Case
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two defendants plead guilty to forced labor scheme that exploited Guatemalan migrants at egg farms "A leader of a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to charges that he lured Guatemalan minors and adults into the United... Read More

A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System
Posted on 27 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"CGRS and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) have collaborated to produce an important report urging lawmakers to reform the U.S. immigration system for migrant children who are coming to our borders with surging frequency. They come, often unaccompanied... Read More

U.S. Citizen Kids' Benefits At Risk By Birth Certificate Denials in Texas
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"One mother's U.S. citizen children were denied entry to Head Start. Another U.S-born child was kicked out of school. A mother stopped by police was interrogated over whether she was truly her U.S. citizen child's parent. These are some... Read More

DOJ Judge: 3-Year-Olds Can Represent Themselves in Immigration Court
Posted on 4 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jerry Markon, Washington Post, Mar. 4, 2016 - "A senior Justice Department official is arguing that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court, staking out an unconventional position in a growing debate... Read More