Immigration Law

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Texas Border County, Feds in Feud Over Security Costs
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lauded last year as a model of cooperation and a means to boost Texas’ robust trade relationship with Mexico, a rail project here in the Rio Grande Valley has hit a snag over the relocation of an X-ray machine. And if Cameron County and U... Read More

How CBP Routinely Terrorizes U.S. Citizens at the Border
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Earlier this month, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada. Everyone being held was a US citizen, and no one received an explanation.... Read More

Tags: cbp , detained , border

Court Orders Release of Graphic Photos of Arizona Border Patrol Detention Facilities and Damning Expert Witness Testimony
Posted on 18 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILC, Aug. 18, 2016 - "Today, groups made public damning evidence, including expert testimony and video stills illustrating the deplorable and unconstitutional conditions detained individuals are subjected to in Border Patrol custody in the agency’s... Read More

Arizona Border Fence Plan Stalled After 3 Years
Posted on 11 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A plan by Republican Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money has stalled nearly three years after it was sanctioned by the Legislature. Private donations expected to fund the project dried up... Read More

18 Years Ago Today, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed a U.S. Citizen on American Soil
Posted on 20 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Every year on or about May 20th I remind readers: "In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U... Read More

Senate Hearing Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - The 2014 Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border: A Review of the Government's Response to Unaccompanied Minors One Year Later
Posted on 6 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The 2014 Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border: A Review of the Government's Response to Unaccompanied Minors One Year Later Full Committee Hearing July 07, 2015 10:00AM Location: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building Witnesses Juan P. Osuna Director... Read More

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

Remembering Esequiel Hernández, Jr. - 19 Years Ago, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil
Posted on 30 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Every year around this time I remind readers: "In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen... Read More

House Bill to Seal Border Unrealistic, CBO Finds
Posted on 29 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee sent to the House floor H.R. 399 , the “ Secure our Borders First ” Act. The measure would mandate 100 percent “ operational control ”—defined as “the prevention... Read More

Is Being Anti-Trump A New Ground Of Inadmissibility? - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 24 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Jan. 24, 2017 - " Over the weekend, a Canadian student of McGill University, Joseph Decunah, who was seeking to be admitted to protest at the Women’s March the day after President Trump’s inauguration was refused admission... Read More

Tags: march , mehta , cbp , Trump , border

Border Chronicler Charles Bowden Dead at 69
Posted on 1 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Reporter and author Charles Bowden — he eschewed the term "journalist" — is dead. The longtime Southern Arizonan recently moved to New Mexico and focused his work on the dangerous turmoil of Ciudad Juarez. Bowden was a dogged... Read More

Tags: bowden , dead , border

Border Exit Laptop Search Tossed: USA v. Kim
Posted on 13 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The government points to its plenary authority to conduct warrantless searches at the border. It posits that a laptop computer is simply a “container” that was examined pursuant to this authority, and it submits that the government’s... Read More

The Border Children: They Are Not Criminals and They Need Counsel - Geoffrey A. Hoffman
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Our nation's response to this humanitarian crisis at the border has not been clear or coherent. From the right and left the voices which have defined the debate have been guilty of the same underlying misconception: that these children must... Read More

NIJC, KIND and AILA Provide Statements for House Border Hearing
Posted on 3 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

At 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold a hearing entitled, "ANOTHER SURGE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER: IS THIS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S... Read More

Borderlands: Life in the Shadow of the Wall
Posted on 24 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Borderlands - How will a more complete border wall affect those who live in its shadow? President Donald Trump has pledged to build 1,250 miles of new border wall, and most of that would be in Texas, where only about 10 percent of the border is fenced... Read More