Immigration Law

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ACLU Sues to Block New Trump Asylum Rule
Posted on 16 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, et al., v. Barr et al., Case 3:19-cv-0407, N.D. Cal. Read More

Tags: ACLU , Trump , asylum

Trump's Immigration Court Efforts Backfire, Backlog Balloons
Posted on 16 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Preston, Andrew R. Calderon, July 16, 2019 - The Marshall Project and Politico Magazine "Frustrated with the slow pace of deportations from the courts, the Trump administration has taken aggressive steps to speed decisions and move people... Read More

Trump Attempts to Limit Asylum
Posted on 15 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, July 15, 2019 "The Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico... Read More

Tags: Trump , asylum , border

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

Judge Shuts Down Trump’s Diversion of Military Funds to Build Border Wall
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Parton, CNS, June 28, 2019 "A federal judge in California ruled Friday against the Trump administration in two different lawsuits over the use of $2.5 billion in military funding to build part of a southern border wall. Last month, U.S. District... Read More

USCIS Asylum Officers: Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Policy Threatens Lives
Posted on 27 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, June 27, 2019 "U.S. asylum officers slammed President Trump’s policy of forcing migrants to remain in Mexico while they await immigration hearings in the United States, urging a federal appeals court Wednesday... Read More

Trump Threatens Deportation for 'Millions'
Posted on 18 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, June 17, 2019 "President Trump said in a tweet Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation... Read More

City of Albuquerque, State of New Mexico Sue Trump Administration over Immigration Policies
Posted on 12 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gov. Lujan Grisham, June 10, 2019 "Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced her office, on behalf of the state of New Mexico, is suing the U.S. government in an effort to halt the Trump administration’s indiscriminate practice of releasing... Read More

Ken Cuccinelli, USCIS and the FVRA: Steve Vladeck
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Steve Vladeck, June 10, 2019 " The last time I wrote about the Trump administration’s abuse of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA) of 1998 , I opened with Yogi Berra’s famous quip that “it’s like déjà vu... Read More

Fallout from Trump’s Muslim Ban: Requiring Use of Social Media on Visa Application Forms - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, June 10, 2019 "On May 31, 2019, the State Department added new questions to visa application forms , DS-160/DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application and Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application. Visa applicants now have to disclose the... Read More

Over $25 Million Dollars per Mile - Trump's Border Wall
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gus Bova, Texas Observer, May 28, 2019 "When the federal government builds a border wall, the taxpayer foots two bills. First, there’s the cost to get the thing built, a figure proclaimed in presidential budget requests and press accounts... Read More

Tags: wall , Trump , border

Trump Proposes Steep Tariffs on Mexican Imports to Control Southern Border
Posted on 31 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYT, May 30, 2019 - "President Trump said Thursday that he planned to impose a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods from Mexico beginning June 10, a tax that he said would “gradually increase” until Mexico stopped the flow of undocumented... Read More

Tags: Mexico , tariffs , Trump , border

“Merit-Based” Immigration: Trump Proposal Would Dramatically Revamp Immigrant Selection Criteria, But with Modest Effects on Numbers
Posted on 30 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MPI Policy Brief, May 30, 2019 "President Donald Trump’s proposal to “create a fair, modern, and lawful system of immigration” has, despite its high-profile Rose Garden rollout on May 16, met a decidedly lackluster reception,... Read More

Presiding Under Pressure
Posted on 21 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beth Fertig, WNYC, May 21, 2019 "Meet the new judges working in New York City's immigration court under the Trump administration's higher caseload demands and stricter asylum rules." Read More

Expert: Any Regulatory 'Reform' of Flores Settlement Would Trigger Lawsuit (Law360)
Posted on 21 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicole Narea, Law360, May 20, 2019 "The 1997 Flores Settlement, which stems from a 1985 class action known as Flores filed on behalf of migrant kids in government detention, limits the amount of time minors can spend in immigration detention, among... Read More