Immigration Law

Recent Posts

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

Tags: Trump , asylum , border

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

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

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

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

Remembering Esequiel Hernández, Jr. - 22 Years Ago, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil
Posted on 28 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Every year around this time I remind readers: "In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen... 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

The Economic Cost of the US-Mexico Border Slowdown
Posted on 7 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Perryman Group, April 2019 "The current slowdown at the US-Mexico border is causing substantial economic harms. Trade volume has grown substantially, more than doubling over the past 20 years and up 55% between 2010 and 2018. During 2018, total... 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

Military Lawyers to be Detailed to Border for Immigration Cases?
Posted on 29 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington Post, Apr. 26, 2019 "Senior Defense Department officials have recommended that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan approve a new request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide military lawyers, cooks and drivers to... Read More

Dara Lind: 9 Questions About the Border Crisis You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, Apr. 11, 2019 "...What’s happening at the border is the result of a regional crisis in which — if current rates continue — close to 1 percent of the entire population of Guatemala and Honduras will attempt to immigrate... Read More

Tags: vox.com , lind , Trump , border

Expert: Trump's Immigration Efforts 'Backfiring'...No 'Coherent Policy'
Posted on 10 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matt Kwong, CBC News, Apr. 9, 2019 "[F]or Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration-law professor at Cornell University , Nielsen was far from soft on immigration. "Secretary Nielsen will be perceived as the most hardline [Homeland Security] secretary... Read More