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 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

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

Mass Video Tent Courts for Detained Border Asylum Applicants?
Posted on 2 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Debbie Nathan, The Intercept, June 28, 2019 "A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION program that banishes asylum-seekers to perilous Mexican border cities could expand exponentially — and disastrously — with a new plan to hold mass video proceedings... 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

Why Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers Should Not Serve as Asylum Officers
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josiah Heyman, Jeremy Slack, and Daniel E. Martínez, June 21, 2019 "United States Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen allegedly hit an undocumented migrant with his truck in November 2017. In preparation for trial, federal prosecutors revealed... Read More

A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists
Posted on 14 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, June 12, 2019 "[I]n June, 2018, the Board of Immigration Appeals, which reviews rulings made in immigration court, issued a two-to-one decision denying Ana’s most recent request to stay in the U.S. The judges... Read More

Is USCIS Hiding Asylum Training Materials?
Posted on 12 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Francie Diep, Pacific Standard, June 7, 2019 "It used to be that, to help refugees prepare to meet with a government officer who will decide whether they qualify for asylum, immigration lawyers would look up the documents that the government used... Read More

Tags: training , USCIS , asylum

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

Matter of M-S- and the Continuing Battle Over ‘Zero Tolerance’
Posted on 30 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrew Patterson, May 29, 2019 "Asylum seekers who have passed their credible fear interviews—those whom immigration officers find have viable asylum claims—may no longer have access to an important protection against prolonged imprisonment... Read More

The Facts Behind the Guatemalan Exodus
Posted on 13 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roger Cohen, New York Times, May 10, 2019 "... Pablo told me about the hunger and fear on the weeklong road to the border. Meager rice and beans offered once a day. Being herded this way and that by coyotes — the smugglers he’d paid... Read More

Asylum Officers Mere Pawns in Trump's Deadly Border Game - Vox Exclusive
Posted on 3 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, May 2, 2019 "The first time that one immigration officer interviewed an asylum seeker under new Trump administration protocols, the officer went back to their hotel room, turned up the shower as hot as it would go, and tried to... Read More

TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

Former BIA Chairman Paul W. Schmidt Excoriates IJs, BIA and CA11 Panel in Salvadoran Asylum Case
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul W. Schmidt, Apr. 22, 2019 In re Diaz-Rivas v. U.S. Att’y Gen., 11th Cir., 04-18-19, unpublished , Jordan, Circuit Judge, concurring and dissenting. "In truth, this well-documented family-based persecution case should have been granted... Read More

Barr Cannot Ignore the Constitution: The AG’s Latest Attack on Asylum Seekers in Matter of M-S-
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sophia Genovese, Apr. 23, 2019 "The Attorney General cannot selectively choose when to apply the rule of law. Yet when it comes to immigrants, the government feels emboldened to ignore the constitutional protections that are afforded to immigrants... Read More

Tags: mehta , barr , genovese , asylum