Immigration Law

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Border Patrol Now Doing 'Credible Fear' Screenings
Posted on 19 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Molly O'Toole, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 19, 2019 "Border Patrol agents are beginning to screen migrant families for “credible fear” instead of highly trained asylum officers who are charged with determining whether applicants qualify... Read More

Former IJs File Amicus Brief in Padilla v. ICE
Posted on 17 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Sept. 14, 2019 "The late Maury Roberts, a legendary immigration lawyer and former BIA Chair, wrote in 1991: “It has always seemed significant to me that, among all the members of the animal kingdom, man is the only one who... Read More

Border Courts Swamped With New Asylum Cases
Posted on 16 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrew R. Calderón, The Marshall Project, Sept. 13, 2019 "Early this year, the Trump administration began forcing thousands of migrants seeking asylum to return to Mexico, to wait there for immigration court hearings that would decide whether... Read More

Expert: Will 'Court of Public Opinion' Sway White House, Supreme Court on Asylum Rules?
Posted on 16 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Sept. 13, 2019 "A U.S. Supreme Court decision this week allowing President Donald Trump's administration to proceed with a near complete ban on asylum across the southern border while the policy is litigated will... Read More

Supreme Court Allows Feds to Enforce Restrictive Asylum Rule Nationwide
Posted on 12 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Howe, Sept. 11, 2019 "The Trump administration won a major (if, at least for now, only temporary) victory on immigration today at the Supreme Court. The justices gave the government the go-ahead to enforce a new rule that would bar most immigrants... Read More

Migrant 'Protection' Protocols: A Report from the Front Lines
Posted on 10 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Stacy Caplow and Prof. Maryellen Fullerton, Sept. 10, 2019 "The laws and policies protecting refugees and asylum seekers in the United States are under sustained assault. Since 1980, Congress has provided that noncitizens in the United States... Read More

Judge Restores Nationwide Block of New Asylum Rule
Posted on 9 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Dinzeo, CNS, Sept. 9, 2019 "Citing the need to “maintain uniform immigration policy,” a federal judge on Monday restored a nationwide block of a Justice Department rule that makes asylum seekers ineligible for refugee status unless... Read More

AILA Policy Brief: DHS and DOJ Are Opening Secretive Port Courts Along the Southern Border
Posted on 9 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, Sept. 6, 2019 "AILA issued a policy brief that shares the little information regarding the DHS and DOJ port courts that has been made publicly available by media reports and elevates the outstanding operational issues of concern that have... 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

Coalition of State AGs Oppose Trump Asylum Rule: Letter
Posted on 16 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Aug. 15, 2019 "California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today led a multistate coalition in filing a comment letter opposing the Trump Administration’s... Read More

Why I Resigned as an Immigration Judge
Posted on 5 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ilyce Shugall, Aug. 4, 2019 "I have been an immigration lawyer dedicated to fairness and due process for immigrants my entire career. In 2015, convinced that my 18 years of experience as an advocate would make me a good immigration judge, I applied... Read More

Access to Attorneys Difficult for Those Required to Remain In Mexico
Posted on 31 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, July 29, 2019 "Since this administration announced the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) on January 24, 2019 , more commonly referred to as "Remain in Mexico," the number of individuals and families diverted to this program has... Read More

Questions Surround Secretive US-Guatemala Agreement
Posted on 31 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Susan Gzesh, July 30, 2019 "Less than two weeks after Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales abruptly cancelled a White House visit, President Donald Trump bullied his way to securing what the Trump administration is calling a “Safe Third Country”... Read More

What ‘Metering’ Really Looks Like in South Texas
Posted on 18 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stephanie Leutert, Lawfare, July 17, 2019 "Thirty-two Cubans line the international bridge connecting Roma, Texas, with Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas. The Cubans sit one after another on the Mexican side of the bridge, checking their... Read More

Second Lawsuit Filed to Block Trump Asylum Rule
Posted on 17 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, July 16, 2019 "The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is proud to be a plaintiff and co-counsel in a new lawsuit challenging President Trump’s rule barring asylum... Read More

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