Immigration Law

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ICE Roundups of Refugee Moms, Kids Begin; Agents Ignore Warrant Requests
Posted on 4 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nigel Duara and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, L.A. Times, Jan. 3, 2016 - "The detentions of at least 11 families across the country marked the first day of an effort by the government to find and deport Central American migrants who sought refuge in the... Read More

Tags: refugees , raids , ICE

White House Sets Refugee Admission Levels for 2016
Posted on 1 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, September 29, 2015 "Presidential Determination -- Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2016 The admission of up to 85,000 refugees to the United States during Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 is justified by humanitarian... Read More

Trump Sued as Refugees are Detained at Airports
Posted on 28 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here's a link to the lawsuit . News here , here , here and here . P.S., Friday's executive order is illegal . 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

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

Ten Facts About U.S. Refugee Resettlement: MPI
Posted on 22 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MPI, Oct. 22, 2015 - "The Obama administration’s recent decision to raise the annual refugee resettlement ceiling and welcome more Syrian refugees, as Europe and other countries struggle to cope with major humanitarian protection claims arising... Read More

The Refugees at Our Door - Sonia Nazario
Posted on 12 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sonia Nazario, New York Times, Oct. 10, 2015 - "In the past 15 months, at the request of President Obama, Mexico has carried out a ferocious crackdown on refugees fleeing violence in Central America. The United States has given Mexico tens of millions... Read More

Detained, Deceived, and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families
Posted on 18 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Guillermo Cantor, Ph.D. & Tory Johnson, May 18, 2016 - "Over the last few years, the escalation of violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala (collectively known as the Northern Triangle of Central America) has reached dramatic levels.... Read More

Diplomats Break With Trump Over Refugee Ban
Posted on 30 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, January 30, 2017 - " Consider this a major bureaucratic uprising on the part of career foreign service officers against the President on his executive order on refugees. ... Read More

Alabama Can't Block Refugees: Alabama v. U.S.
Posted on 2 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alabama v. U.S., July 29, 2016 - "Plaintiffs assert three claims for declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants under the Declaratory Judgment Act, the Refugee Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Mandamus and Venue Act. As discussed... Read More

Tags: refugees , Alabama

Dallas Federal Judge Quickly Denies Texas' Second Bid to Block Refugees
Posted on 11 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 9, 2015 - "A federal judge in Dallas denied a state of Texas request for a second temporary restraining order to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees here. The move came after Texas Attorney General... Read More

Tags: judge , TRO , refugees , Texas

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

Indiana Governor Sued for Blocking Syrian Refugees: Exodus v. Pence
Posted on 24 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Nov. 23, 2015 - "The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and attorneys from the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration, filed suit today against Governor Mike Pence and the Secretary... Read More

See Up-To-The-Minute Case Developments: Wa. & Minn. v. Trump (CA9 - Updated)
Posted on 6 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Ninth Circuit has a dedicated web page for this case. Here are the latest filings: 02/06/2017 Link to oral argument live stream 02/06/2017 Order clarifying live streaming oral argument 02/06/2017 Order re live... 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