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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

Public (Including Media) Denied Access to Border Courts
Posted on 11 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 11, 2019 "Tent border courts for asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico under a Trump administration policy have opened for hearings Wednesday in Laredo, Texas — but few got to see inside as the public... 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

Family Separation Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed
Posted on 20 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas Civil Rights Project, Aug. 19, 2019 "Contact: media@texascivilrightsproject.org Read the Original Complaint here. McAllen, Texas — The Texas Civil Rights Project and the Escamilla Law Firm filed a lawsuit against the federal government... 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

Lawsuit Challenges Surveillance of Border Lawyers, Activists
Posted on 24 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sam Levin, The Guardian, July 24, 2019 "The US government has interfered with humanitarian aid work at the US-Mexico border by monitoring activists, restricting their travel and detaining them, a new lawsuit alleges. In a complaint filed... 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

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