Immigration Law

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4 DHS Documents re Travel Ban 2.0 (Mar. 6, 2017)
Posted on 6 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on President's Executive Order Signed Today Letter from Sessions & Kelly to POTUS Fact Sheet: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States Q&A: Protecting... Read More

Trump's Refugee Ban Could Backfire: 100+ National Security Experts
Posted on 1 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nahal Toosi, Politico, Jan. 30, 2017 - "More than 100 former U.S. officials from both parties are urging agency heads to use their own authority to ease some of the restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees... Read More

16 House Members Ask DOS, DHS for #VisaGate2015 Info
Posted on 31 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

House letter, Oct. 28, 2015 - "[W]e request that you provide the estimated number of eligible applicants under the initial Visa Bulletin filing dates and the estimated number of eligible applicants under the revised Bulletin. To the extent possible... Read More

Mayors Urge Trump to Continue DACA
Posted on 9 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Dec. 7, 2016 - "Mayor Rahm Emanuel and mayors from across the country today sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program until Congress... Read More

Tags: daca , letter , mayors , Trump

NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice to ICE: Stay Out of Courthouses
Posted on 20 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, Apr. 19, 2017 - "In recent weeks, agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency arrested two individuals who showed up for court appearances in state court. As Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court... Read More

Letter to Obama: Close Dilley - Central American Refugee Crisis Demands Humanitarian Response, Not Show of Force
Posted on 23 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We, the undersigned civil rights and civil liberties, human rights, faith, immigration, labor, criminal justice, legal, children’s rights, and domestic violence advocacy organizations, oppose the opening of the new family detention facility... Read More

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

Will Trump Break Promise to Haitians, Cancel TPS?
Posted on 21 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alan Gomez, USA Today, Apr. 20, 2017 - " President Trump's immigration agency is recommending that the U.S. end temporary protections by next January for 50,000 Haitians allowed to remain in the United States following a series of natural disasters... Read More

Tags: Haiti , tps , letter , Trump , USCIS , mccament

MLK: No 'Outsiders' in America
Posted on 16 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963, letter from Birmingham jail . Read More

Groups Call for Rescission of NSEERS
Posted on 22 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ADC, Nov. 22, 2016 - "The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) submitted a letter co-signed by nearly 200 organizations to President Barack Obama, calling on his administration to rescind the regulatory framework behind the National... Read More

Tags: letter , Obama , nseers

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

Senators' Letter Blasts Private Immigration Prisons
Posted on 28 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sept. 26, 2016 - " Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), with other leading senators, pressed the Obama administration Monday on the use of private prisons and contract facilities by the Department of Homeland Security. The... Read More

House Members Call on White House to End NSEERS
Posted on 11 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

House letter, Dec. 1, 2016 - "We urge you to rescind the regulatory framework behind the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) located at 8 CFR 264.1(f). While we commend your Administration for effectively ending the program... Read More

Tags: letter , House , nseers

Justice Department Gave Supreme Court Incorrect Data in Immigration Case
Posted on 30 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 30, 2016 - "The Justice Department said it provided the Supreme Court with erroneous information that helped it win a 2003 case upholding a blanket policy of denying bail to thousands of immigrants imprisoned... Read More

DHS Sec. Johnson to Congress: DACA Info Should Not Be Used for Enforcement (with exceptions) - Letter
Posted on 5 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson, Dec. 30, 2016 - "Dear Representative Chu: On behalf of the Administration, I write in response to the letter you and 110 other members of Congress sent the President on December 5. In your letter, you ask us "to do everything... Read More