Immigration Law

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Government Report: Separated Kids Traumatized
Posted on 6 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Coleen Long, Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Associated Press, Sept. 4, 2019 "Children separated during the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance policy” last year, many already distressed in their home countries or by their journey... Read More

Expert: Courts 'Will Probably' Block Flores Final Rule
Posted on 22 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brian Naylor, NPR, Aug. 21, 2019 "The Trump administration has announced it is ending a federal court agreement that limits how long migrant families with children can be detained. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan outlined the... Read More

Detained Children Must Have Adequate Food, Hygiene Items: Court
Posted on 16 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15, 2019 "In a case that dramatized the plight of children detained at the border, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order requiring immigration authorities to provide minors with adequate food, water... Read More

What a Pediatrician Saw Inside a Border Patrol Warehouse
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic, July 3, 2019 "Dolly Lucio Sevier evaluated dozens of sick children at a facility in South Texas. She found evidence of infection, malnutrition, and psychological trauma." Read More

Lawsuit Against DHS Says New Asylum Policy Violates Child Immigrants' Rights
Posted on 8 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, July 8, 2019 "Four young asylum seekers are suing the Department of Homeland Security saying that a new policy unlawfully limits their ability to seek asylum. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland, the asylum applicants... Read More

DHS Inspector General Management Alert: DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley
Posted on 3 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Inspector General, July 2, 2019 "... During our visits to five Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley, we observed serious overcrowding of UACs and families, populations defined as “at-risk” in TEDS standards (see figures... Read More

"Why Detain at All?"
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, June 29, 2019 "A federal judge has ordered a mediator to move swiftly to improve health and sanitation at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, where observers reported migrant children were subject to filthy conditions... Read More

Judge Orders Feds to Fix Kids' Border Detention Conditions Fast (Law360)
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dave Simpson, Law360, June 28, 2019 "A California federal judge Friday gave the Trump administration two weeks to get living conditions for children being detained at border facilities up to snuff, following reports that kids there are malnourished... Read More

Attorneys: Texas Border Facility is Neglecting Migrant Kids
Posted on 24 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cedar Attanasio, Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, June 21, 2019 "A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy... Read More

Feds Tell 9th Circuit: Detained Kids ‘Safe and Sanitary’ Without Soap
Posted on 21 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Helen Christophi, Courthouse News, June 18, 2019 "The Trump administration argued in front of a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can... Read More

Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... Read More

Expert: Border Patrol Collection of Migrant Kids' Fingerprints 'Subject to Court Challenge'
Posted on 29 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press, Apr. 26, 2019 "U.S. border authorities say they’ve started to increase the biometric data they take from children 13 years old and younger, including fingerprints, despite privacy concerns and government... Read More

The Deported Americans
Posted on 5 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brooke Jarvis, California Sunday Magazine, Jan. 31, 2019 "More than 600,000 U.S.-born children of undocumented parents live in Mexico. What happens when you return to a country you’ve never known?" Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

Migrant Kids Behind Bars a 'Moral Disaster' - AP Report
Posted on 20 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Dec. 19, 2018 - "Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed... Read More

  • Blog Post: Alabama's Shame

    "As for Alabama, one has to wonder at such counterproductive cruelty. Do Alabamans want children too frightened to go to school? Or pregnant women too frightened to seek care? Whom could that possibly benefit?" New York Times Editorial, Oct. 4, 2011 .
  • Blog Post: Is Alabama immigration law creating a 'humanitarian crisis'?

    "The big question is whether the students absent this week will return once, and if, fears about being reported to immigration authorities fade. American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said Alabama has crossed an unprecedented line, waging a political battle over immigration...
  • Blog Post: A Rush To Calm Alabama's Frightened Families

    "Roughly 80 people, most of them Spanish-speaking women and children, packed the media center of Tarrant Elementary School, just north of Birmingham, Ala., recently. Considering the number of kids in the room and spilling out into the hallways, there was surprisingly little noise. It was...
  • Blog Post: Alabama parents fearing deportation make plans for kids

    "Terrified by Alabama 's strict new immigration crackdown, parents living in the state illegally say they are doing something that was unthinkable just days ago — asking friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances to take their children if they're arrested or deported...
  • Blog Post: Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status

    "Unauthorized immigrants account for approximately one-fourth of all immigrants in the United States, yet they dominate public perceptions and are at the heart of a policy impasse. Caught in the middle are the children of these immigrants—youth who are coming of age and living in the...
  • Blog Post: What Does 396,906 Deportations Mean? 654,895 Children Lose a Parent

    "What does this very large number of 396,906 mean for families and U.S. citizen children? Let us assume that at least two-thirds of the deportees are married, with an average of 2.5 children. Thus, from the perspective of ICIRR, the impact of this year's accomplishments by ICE is that...
  • Blog Post: Parents report Hispanic students face bullying following Alabama immigration law

    "Spanish-speaking parents say their children are facing more bullying and taunts at school since Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal immigration took effect last month. Many blame the name-calling on fallout from the law, which has been widely covered in the news, discussed in some...
  • Blog Post: If Plyler is the target, children are collateral damage

    "Whether the critics are correct in arguing that the law has created a “chilling effect,” inducing families to pull their children out of school, is harder to measure than it may seem. While daily absences by Hispanic students ranged as high as 5,143, or 15 percent of the Hispanic...
  • Blog Post: Economy batters citizen children of immigrants

    "Harvesting cantaloupes for $8.25 an hour isn't the job that Romero, 28, dreamed of as a child. Born in Newark, N.J., to immigrant parents from El Salvador, he graduated from high school and has taken classes at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Merced Community College. He has...
  • Blog Post: DOJ Letter to Alabama School Districts: Children Deserve Equal Access to Public Education

    "Today, the Justice Department issued a letter to Alabama school districts reminding them of their obligation under federal law that a state may not deny a child equal access to public education based on his or her immigration status. The department also requested information regarding enrollment...
  • Blog Post: Documentary: Children In No Man's Land

    "CHILDREN IN NO MAN’S LAND is a documentary that uncovers the current plight of the 100,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States every year." - Children In No Man's Land - A Film by Anayansi Prado .
  • Blog Post: House member appalled at family separation statistics

    " In response to a new report out today on families separated by deportation, Congressman José E. Serrano expressed his profound disgust with a system that has left more than 5000 citizen children in foster care because their parents were deported. Serrano called the policies 'un...
  • Blog Post: Children pack South Texas foster care systems after ICE deports parents

    "El Paso and parts of the Rio Grande Valley have some of the nation’s highest numbers of children living in foster care because their parents were removed by immigration enforcement, according to a new study by the Applied Research Center, a public policy institute covering racial justice...
  • Blog Post: Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a 'Real Problem'

    "In a briefing with Latino journalists last week, President Obama directly acknowledged that his administration’s immigration enforcement practices break up families and exclude parents from decisions about the custody of their children. His comments affirmed the central findings of...
  • Blog Post: ICE policies leave overburdened foster-care system in their wake

    "A sustained federal crackdown made 2011 a banner year for deportations. A record 397,000 undocumented immigrants were sent packing. And while the Obama administration cheers that more than half of those deported were convicted of crimes, advocates warn of a troubling by-product of rising...
  • Blog Post: Kids to Obama: Don't deport our parents!

    "Most kids at this time of year get ready to write letters to Santa Claus , but many children of undocumented immigrants now prefer to write President Barack Obama begging him to stop the deportations that are breaking up their families. The campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance under...
  • Blog Post: 'Obama, don't deport my momma!'

    "Thrust into a complex debate about the country’s immigration policies, one of Victoria Lorenzo-Calmo’s children has a simple plea: “Obama, don’t deport my momma.” That was one of the signs held Wednesday outside Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as the Guatemalan...
  • Blog Post: Children of detained migrants are put in state custody more often

    "With deportations at record levels, children of detained [unauthorized] immigrants are increasingly being put into foster care because of a lack of coordination between federal and state officials, say immigrant and children's advocates. Many of these children are taken care of by relatives...
  • Blog Post: Kansas slashes food aid for children of immigrants

    "A new debate swirling around Kansas, though, isn’t about Pedro. It’s about two of his three children. They were born here, and one day they will have driver’s licenses and the right to vote, just like any other U.S. citizen. Early last year, when they needed food assistance...
  • Blog Post: Children of Immigrants Face Uncertain Futures, Foster Care

    "More than 5,000 children of immigrants are languishing in state foster care nationwide because their parents were living in the United States illegally and were detained or deported by federal immigration authorities. These children can spend years in foster homes, and some are put up for...
  • Blog Post: Over 5000 "Stolen" Children?

    "Even though I'm daily in the trenches and not much about immigration shocks me any longer, I'm stunned by the recent ABC Nightline report that a new method of punishment for undocumented immigrants has been devised - taking away their U.S. citizen children. See: Stolen Babies? Immigrant...
  • Blog Post: Punish Not the Children

    "A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court does not necessarily mean the end of battles over a disputed issue. The wars over abortion still rage despite the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. So, too, with the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe , which allowed undocumented children to enroll in...
  • Blog Post: Family Values on ICE: The Deportation of Parents of U.S.-Born Citizens

    "I am pleased to present the following report, "Deportation of Parents of U.S.-Born Citizens" for the second half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, as prepared by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)." - John Morton, Mar. 26, 2012 . Coverage by HuffPo , VOXXI and Latina Lista...
  • Blog Post: Texas Reporter Awarded Journalism Medal

    "The 2011 Casey Medal judges credited Melissa del Bosque for her unusual "initiative, determination and bravery" in reporting " Children of the Exodus ." She describes what it was like to dedicate herself to reporting this important story, which explored what happened to...
  • Blog Post: Kids Seen More Often in Immigration Court

    "In a Dallas federal immigration courtroom, children as young as 12 are increasingly taking center stage. They are part of a troubling rise in unaccompanied minors charged with coming into Texas illegally — boys and girls in search of a childhood, fleeing violence or desperate to reunite...