Immigration Law

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CARA Files Complaint re Family Immigration Jails
Posted on 11 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We write to share our collective concerns regarding the challenges that indigenous language-speaking mothers and children in family detention centers face in procuring access to justice. These challenges include: (1) inadequate screening at the... Read More

New DHS FOIA Documents Posted: Nov. 2, 2015
Posted on 2 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Records Related to Illegal Immigration Across the Southern Border of the U.S. Records Relating to Locations of Facilities for Unaccompanied Alien Children Read More

Tags: immigration , FOIA , DHS

DHS Intelligence Assessment Undermines Trump Case for Travel Ban
Posted on 3 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TMRS, Mar. 3, 2017 - "The Rachel Maddow Show has obtained, exclusively, a Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment document. The document, from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, makes the case that most foreign-born, U.S.-based... Read More

Tags: travel ban , Trump , DHS , maddow

DHS OIG Report: Work and Fiancé Visas Used by Traffickers to Bring Victims to USA
Posted on 11 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Jan 4, 2016 - "Our match of ICE and USCIS data from 2005 to 2014 indicated that work and fiancé visas were the primary means by which 17 of 32 known traffickers brought victims into the United States." Read More

Tags: report , trafficking , oig , DHS

USCIS Recommendation to Terminate TPS for Haiti (Apr. 10, 2017)
Posted on 21 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a memo dated Apr. 10, 2017 , USCIS Acting Director James W. McCament recommended to DHS Secretary Kelly that Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") for certain Haitians be terminated, effective Jan. 22, 2018: "...USCIS has concluded that... Read More

Tags: Haiti , tps , kelly , USCIS , DHS , memo , mccament

DHS Immigration Memos Ratchet Up Border, Interior Enforcement (Feb. 20, 2017; Fact Sheets; Q&As)
Posted on 19 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two memos, both dated Feb. 20, 2017 and signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, authorize CBP, ICE and USCIS to significantly increase interior and border enforcement efforts: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement... Read More

AILA Files Lawsuit Against DHS and CBP to Compel Disclosure of Records Requested Under FOIA Relating to the ORT
Posted on 21 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, Dec. 19, 2016 - "Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), represented by the American Immigration Council and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a lawsuit to compel U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) compliance with... Read More

Tags: ort , cpb , FOIA , aila , lawsuit , DHS

Former BIA Members and IJs Blast Refugee Detention Regime
Posted on 1 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a 4-page letter dated October 31, 2016 to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, twelve former BIA members and Immigration Judges made the case for due process for asylum applicants, and criticized the current detention regime. Read More

Twitter Sues DHS Over Free Speech, @ALT_USCIS Account ID
Posted on 7 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post, Apr. 6, 2017 - "Twitter filed a lawsuit Thursday to block an order [subpoena] from the Department of Homeland Security that seeks to reveal the user of an account who has been critical of the Trump administration's... Read More

DHS Takes Action to Comply With Judge Hanen's Order re 3-Year EADs: Texas v. USA
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On July 15, 2015 the government filed two documents in Texas v. USA describing efforts to cancel and retrieve 3-year EADs. Read More

Tags: hanen , DHS , EADs , Texas

DHS on Identification Documentation Needed for Air Travel
Posted on 10 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Jan. 8, 2015 - "Today I announce the schedule for the final phase of implementation of the REAL ID Act. Bottom line up front: Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with a driver’s license or identification card... Read More

Tags: TSA , real id , travel , DHS

DHS Begins Releasing Refugee Moms, Kids From Family Prisons
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials have begun releasing hundreds of detained mothers and children from the nation’s family detention centers as part of plans to end long-term detention of migrant families. Nearly two hundred detained parents and children... Read More

Tags: berks , ryan , atd , raices , DHS , karnes , dilley

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed
Posted on 31 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured... Read More

DHS OIG: USCIS Automation Remains Ineffective
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Mar. 15, 2016 - "A new Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) report concludes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) ongoing efforts to automate benefits processing remain ineffective... Read More

Tags: report , oig , USCIS , automation , DHS

DHS OIG Report on Streamline
Posted on 29 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, May 15, 2015 - Streamline: Measuring Its Effects on Illegal Border Crossing Read More

Tags: report , streamline , oig , DHS