Immigration Law

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Lives in Peril: How Ineffective Inspections Make ICE Complicit in Immigration Detention Abuse
Posted on 23 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC and DWN, Oct. 21, 2015 - "A new report, “ Lives in Peril: How Ineffective Inspections Make ICE Complicit in Immigration Detention Abuse ” released today by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Detention Watch Network... Read More

Judge: ICE Violated Landmark Settlement Agreement, Must Release Refugee Moms, Kids
Posted on 25 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Defendants do not satisfactorily explain why the Agreement, after being in effect since 1997, should only now encourage others to enter the United States without authorization. Nor do Defendants proffer any competent evidence that ICE’s detention... Read More

Man of Two Countries at Home in Neither
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After years in North Texas, Marco Pacheco left Mansfield 17 months ago for Mexico, determined to “get right by the law.” His parents had brought him to Texas unlawfully when he was 12. He graduated from Mansfield schools and a Fort Worth... Read More

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

Notice of ICE Public Meeting on Family Residential Centers, San Antonio, Wed., Mar. 16, 2016
Posted on 3 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 39 / Monday, February 29, 2016 - "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) will meet in San Antonio, TX to brief Committee members on ICE’s family... Read More

Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas
Posted on 6 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is... Read More

Texas Mulls Licensure of Immigration Jails for Refugee Kids, Moms
Posted on 31 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 29, 2016 - "The speakers trekked to the podium one after another, simultaneously lambasting and pleading with a panel of child protection officials weighing the fate of thousands of immigrant mothers and... Read More

ICE Seeks to Increase Family Immigration Detention Bed Space
Posted on 3 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, Nov. 2, 2016 - "Months before the Obama presidency ends, opponents of family detention are concerned his administration is expanding the controversial policy centered on two immigration holding facilities south... Read More

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers
Posted on 15 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous... Read More

Immigration Detention is Big Business
Posted on 26 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, April 12, 2016 - "This report presents an overview of ICE's custody system, and accompanies a series of reports covering each detention facility." Walter Ewing, AIC, Apr. 26, 2016 - "It is easy to forget at times just how sprawling... Read More

Prolonged Detention Stories (Jennings v. Rodriguez)
Posted on 4 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic and Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) - "In the United States today, people are held in immigration detention for months and even years without getting their day in court. In Jennings... Read More

ABA Releases Report on Family Immigration Detention
Posted on 20 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, Aug. 20, 2015 - "A new report on the expansion of immigration detention released by the American Bar Association concludes that the federal government’s use of family detention violates applicable laws and human rights norms. ... Read More

Judge Orders DHS to Release Refugee Moms, Kids
Posted on 22 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is the full text of the Aug. 21, 2015 Order by U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee in Flores v. Lynch, Case No. CV 85-04544 DMG (Ex) C.D. Cal. Read More

Court Orders Feds to Improve Conditions in Immigration Holding Cells
Posted on 19 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILC, Nov. 18, 2016 - "A federal district court today found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is violating the constitutional rights of people detained in holding facilities in Arizona and ordered the government to take steps to improve conditions... Read More