Immigration Law

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ICE Records Received Through FOIA Confirm Need for Increased Oversight of Agency’s Arbitrary and Unfair Parole Decisions for Asylum Seekers
Posted on 23 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Human Rights First, Sept. 23, 2021 "Records received by Human Rights First from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the agency systematically and arbitrarily failed to release... Read More

Tags: parole , ICE , asylum

Notre Dame Law Student Helps Win Asylum for Salvadoran Mother and Child
Posted on 16 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amanda Gray, Notre Dame Law News, Sept. 15, 2021 "A young mother and child from El Salvador were granted asylum in the United States last week, thanks to the legal advocacy of Notre Dame Law School student Sophia Aguilar. Aguilar, a third-year... Read More

Tags: asylum

Immigration Courts Struggle to Manage Expanding Family Asylum Dedicated Docket: TRAC
Posted on 13 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 13, 2021 "During the month of August, the Biden administration stepped up the assignment of asylum-seeking families arriving at the border to the Immigration Court's new "Dedicated Docket" program. As of August 31, 2021... Read More

Courtside Exclusive: PWS on the "Dedicated Asylum Docket"
Posted on 22 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Paul W. Schmidt, Aug. 20, 2021 "TRAC IMMIGRATION just released the first statistical profile of the “Dedicated Asylum Docket” created by AG Garland and his subordinates without any coherent public explanation or plan in mind. Here... Read More

Pushing Back Protection: How Offshoring And Externalization Imperil The Right To Asylum
Posted on 3 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC,, Aug. 3, 2021 "International asylum law first emerged following the Holocaust and other atrocities during World War II. The world bore witness to the genocide of millions at the hands of brutal dictatorships, while powerful nations... Read More

Tags: asylum

Biden Administration Claims It Will "Improve" Expedited Removal, Asylum System
Posted on 27 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, July 27, 2021 "... The Administration is working to improve the expedited removal process at the border to fairly and efficiently determine which individuals have legitimate claims for asylum and other forms of protection. Asylum and... Read More

Soledad: Fierce, Brave, Free
Posted on 20 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

New Day Films "Soledad weaves live action and animation to tell the story of a woman from Central America who fled gang violence to seek asylum in the US. Soledad tells the story of a young woman from Central America who was imprisoned in the... Read More

Tags: asylum

Research: Immigration Judges Influenced by Politics
Posted on 15 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel Braaten, Claire Nolasco Braaten, The Conversation, July 13, 2021 "The news over the past months has been saturated with stories about another “surge” of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border of the U.S. In March 2021... Read More

Hon. Jeffrey S. Chase: First Steps
Posted on 21 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Jeffrey S. Chase, June 21, 2021 "On June 16, Attorney General Merrick Garland finally, mercifully vacated three decisions that formed a key part of the Trump administration’s unrelenting attack on the law of asylum.1 Matter of A-B- ... Read More

Tags: garland , asylum

Biden Eyes Ending Trump's Illegal Title 42 Blockade
Posted on 21 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stef W. Kight, Axios, June 20, 2021 "The White House is considering ending — as early as July 31 — the use of a Trump-era public health order that's let U.S. border officials quickly turn back migrant families to Mexico, Axios has... Read More

Will There Be Justice For Zee?
Posted on 16 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Randy Evans, June 16, 2021 "Zalmay Niazy, now in his 30s, is not just another of the countless foreign-born people who dream of living, working and raising families in the United States. He is a native of Afghanistan and served our nation during... Read More

The End of Asylum?
Posted on 24 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

You know you have a hit on your hands when Stacey Abrams writes a cover blurb: "Required reading for an understanding of how the Trump administration wrecked the U.S. asylum system and how our humanitarian legacy can be restored." To be honest... Read More

Tags: asylum

Over 8,000 MPP Cases Transferred Into U.S. Under Biden
Posted on 11 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, May 11, 2021 "As of the end of April 2021, a total of 8,387 individuals formerly forced to remain in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) have been able to enter the United States since President Biden ended this Trump-era... Read More

DOJ's Contradictory Positions on MS-13 and "Political Opinion"
Posted on 29 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Apr. 29, 2021 "In a recent blog post , I discussed the difficulty in establishing asylum based on a political opinion expressed against MS-13. In the specific case discussed, the Board of Immigration Appeals reversed the Immigration... Read More

Climate Change and Asylum Law
Posted on 22 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Apr. 22, 2021 "Today, Earth Day, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and the University Network for Human Rights released an important White Paper on the issue of climate displacement and its intersection with U.S. immigration... Read More