Immigration Law

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Another Crack in CDC's Border Blockade?
Posted on 9 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 8, 2020 "The Trump administration is considering changing a pandemic-related border policy to no longer quickly return unaccompanied immigrant children to four countries that require them to test negative for... Read More

Tags: Children , CDC , asylum , border

GAO Report Slams CBP Over Border Deaths, Medical Care of Detainees, Use of Funds
Posted on 15 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SOUTHWEST BORDER: CBP Needs to Increase Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, and Reporting of Deaths "Three children died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s custody in fiscal year 2019, prompting questions about medical care in the agency’s... Read More

Tags: cbp , border , GAO

Senate Dems Demand Answers re Border Power Grab
Posted on 10 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Senator Patrick Leahy, Apr. 7, 2020 "Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) led all Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee – the Senate committee with jurisdiction over immigration laws, humanitarian protection laws, and constitutional oversight... Read More

Tags: DHS , Leahy , CDC , border

GAO Slaps CBP for $3.5M Border Tent Boondoggle
Posted on 10 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Apr. 9, 2020 "BORDER SECURITY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Management of a Temporary Facility in Texas Raised Concerns about Resources Used The number of people U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended on the southwest... Read More

Tags: cbp , border , Texas , GAO

109 Groups Demand Halt to Border Wall Construction
Posted on 27 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas Civil Rights Project, Mar. 25, 2020 "Land possessions continue as Trump declares COVID-19 national emergency Eminent domain attorneys and advocates demand Administration to stop border wall construction, so landowners can shelter in... Read More

US-Mexico Partial Border Closure
Posted on 20 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sabrina Rodriguez, Politico, Mar. 20, 2020 "The U.S. and Mexico on Friday agreed to temporarily close the border to nonessential travel in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. ... Acting DHS Secretary Chad... Read More

More Pentagon Funds Diverted to Border Wall
Posted on 15 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katelyn Burns, Vox, Jan. 14, 2020 "The Pentagon — not Mexico — will again be paying for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall on the US’s southern border, to the tune of $7.2 billion in 2020. According to a... Read More

Tags: wall , Pentagon , Trump , border

Border Tent Courts Still Closed to Public
Posted on 14 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, Jan. 13, 2020 "The Trump administration recently agreed to open its "tent courts," makeshift tribunals where immigrants made to wait in Mexico attend hearings, but lawyers and legal observers say the setup... Read More

He Won, But Was Deported Anyway
Posted on 10 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joel Rose, NPR, Jan. 9, 2020 "The judge granted Jesus withholding of removal, a form of protection from deportation. In other words, he won — something that very few migrants at the border can say these days. Jesus thought he might finally... Read More

"We're Just Following Orders"
Posted on 7 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, Jan. 6, 2020 "Customs and Border Protection officials in DC scrambled to get more information from an official border crossing in Washington state this weekend when they heard reports that officers were... Read More

Tags: Iranian , border

CBP Illegally Detaining Iranian-Americans at Border
Posted on 5 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CAIR, Jan. 5, 2020 "The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages who were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing... Read More

Tags: cbp , citizens , Iranian , border

Feds to Open Border Tent Courts to Public
Posted on 31 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michelle Hackman, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 29, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security is opening makeshift immigration tent courts erected along the U.S.-Mexico border to the public, following months of criticism over a lack of transparency... Read More

More Border Cases To Be Heard By Secret Immigration Courts
Posted on 8 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, Dec. 6, 2019 "More immigration judges will begin conducting hearings over video conferencing at tent courts along the US-Mexico border, raising concerns among lawyers about transparency in the immigration process. Earlier... Read More

GAO Report: Immigration-Related Prosecutions Increased from 2017 to 2018 in Response to U.S. Attorney General's Direction
Posted on 4 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Dec. 3, 2019 "In 2017 and 2018, the Attorney General directed federal prosecutors to prioritize prosecutions of immigration-related offenses such as improper entry, illegal reentry after a prior removal, and alien smuggling. We reviewed... Read More

Arizona Border Activist Acquitted of Harboring
Posted on 21 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press, Nov. 20, 2019 "An activist was quickly acquitted Wednesday on charges he illegally harbored two Central American immigrants at a southern Arizona camp operated by a humanitarian group. The verdict by a jury in... Read More