Immigration Law

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Whistleblower: DHS Suppressed Reports on Central America and Inflated Risk of Terrorist Border-Crossers
Posted on 16 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Susan Gzesh, Sept. 16, 2020 "Earlier this month, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Whistleblower Brian Murphy’s complaint received substantial news coverage for his revelations about pressures from the White House to repress or... Read More

Tags: wolf , DHS

Advocates Ask Court to Rule on Legality of DACA Memo
Posted on 15 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Sept. 11, 2020 "Civil rights organizations have filed a motion for summary judgement in a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration from unlawfully implementing new limits on DACA, according to papers filed in federal court today... Read More

Tags: daca , MALDEF , wolf , DHS

Lawsuit: Rule Imposing High Fees on Immigrants Should Be Set Aside
Posted on 21 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Public Citizen, Aug. 21, 2020 "A new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule will unlawfully force immigrants seeking naturalization, asylum, employment authorization and humanitarian protections to pay high fees, according to a complaint... Read More

Tags: fees , lawsuit , DHS

Coalition Sues DHS Over USCIS Fee Rule
Posted on 21 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ILRC, Aug. 21, 2020 "The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) today announced it had joined a coalition of 8 of the nation’s leading immigrants’ rights organizations in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security... Read More

DACA Advocates File Contempt Motion Against DHS
Posted on 19 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Casa De Maryland v. DHS "Process matters. See, e.g., Regents, 140 S. Ct. at 1909 (“the Government should turn square corners in dealing with the people”) (citation omitted). The rule of law also matters. As does respect for the judiciary... Read More

Tags: daca , DHS

Did DHS Violate the Privacy Act?
Posted on 13 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Democracy Forward, May 11, 2020 "Democracy Forward Requests Investigation Into Whether Trump DHS Officials Violated Privacy Law by Leaking Individuals’ Immigration Status to Fox News, Breitbart Newly Released Emails Reveal Pattern of Disclosures... Read More

Tags: privacy act , DHS

Senate Dems Demand Answers re Border Power Grab
Posted on 10 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Senator Patrick Leahy, Apr. 7, 2020 "Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) led all Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee – the Senate committee with jurisdiction over immigration laws, humanitarian protection laws, and constitutional oversight... Read More

Tags: DHS , Leahy , CDC , border

DHS Fact Sheet on Northern, Southern Border Closures
Posted on 23 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 23, 2020 "In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. Working closely and collaboratively, the Department of Homeland... Read More

Tags: Canada , Mexico , COVID-19 , DHS

Inexperienced Lawyer - and Miller Ally - to Oversee 2,500 DHS Attorneys
Posted on 12 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Geneva Sands, CNN, Feb. 12, 2020 "Chad Mizelle, a Trump administration official who is viewed as an ally of senior White House policy adviser and immigration hardliner Stephen Miller, has been tapped to be the Department of Homeland Security's... Read More

Tags: miller , Trump , Mizelle , DHS

TSA and CBP on Arrival Restrictions from China
Posted on 7 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 26 / Friday, February 7, 2020 "This document announces a modification to the January 31, 2020 decision of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to direct all flights to the United States carrying... Read More

Tags: cbp , TSA , China , DHS , coronavirus

Senators Question Agreements Used by the Trump Administration to Expel Asylum Seekers to Northern Triangle Countries
Posted on 7 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Feb. 6, 2020 "Warren, Menendez Lead Senators Questioning Agreements Used by the Trump Administration to Expel Asylum Seekers to Northern Triangle Countries Touted in the State of the Union Address, the Trump Administration's... Read More

DHS Punishes NY Over Green Light Law - "Just Irrational"
Posted on 6 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caroline Kelly, CNN, Feb. 6, 2020 "The acting secretary of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday that New York state residents can no longer participate in certain Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry, due to provisions in the state's... Read More

DHS to Share Immigration Data with Census
Posted on 5 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hansi Lo Wang, NPR, Jan. 4, 2020 "The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to share certain government records from its databases to help the Census Bureau produce data about the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in the country... Read More

Wa. State Sues DHS Over Courthouse Arrests
Posted on 20 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Wa. State Attorney General, Dec. 17, 2019 "Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration for arresting immigrants in and near courthouses in Washington. This practice is harmful to public safety and... Read More

OIG Report: DHS Lacked Technology Needed to Successfully Account for Separated Migrant Families
Posted on 27 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Nov. 25, 2019 "DHS did not have the information technology (IT) system functionality needed to track separated migrant families during the execution of the Zero Tolerance Policy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) adopted various... Read More