Immigration Law

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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

If Trump’s Border Wall Becomes Reality, Here’s How He Could Easily Get Private Land for It
Posted on 25 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, Mar. 25, 2019 "A law is supposed to protect property owners from lowball offers by the government when it takes land through eminent domain. But a letter shows how simple it is for officials to eviscerate what is... Read More

American Immigration Lawyers Held for Hours at Texas Border by CBP
Posted on 18 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MSNBC, Mar. 17, 2019 "Threatened with arrest and asked about their political beliefs, journalists, activists, and lawyers on a federal list are detained and questioned at the border based on their work with asylum seekers." Read More

Feds Target Lawyers, Journalists Covering Southern Border
Posted on 8 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tom Jones, Mari Payton and Bill Feather, NBC San Diego, Mar, 6, 2019 "Documents obtained by NBC 7 Investigates show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the migrant caravan... Read More

Lawsuit: American Citizens Unlawfully Detained by CBP in Montana...for Speaking Spanish
Posted on 16 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Feb. 14, 2019 "The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, and law firm Crowley Fleck PLLP filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of two American citizens detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for speaking Spanish while... Read More

Asylum Processing and Waitlists at the U.S.-Mexico Border (Dec. 2018)
Posted on 11 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Robert Strauss Center, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, Migration Policy Centre, December 2018 "For more than two years, CBP has implemented "metering" procedures for asylum seekers in multiple ports of entry across the U.S.-Mexico border... Read More

Checkpoint Nation
Posted on 9 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque , Sept. 13, 2018 - "“ICE is terrorizing American communities right now,” Angel Padilla, policy director of the Indivisible Project, told The Nation. “They’re going into schools, entering hospitals, conducting... Read More

A Judge Just Reminded CBP That the Border Isn’t a Rights-Free Zone
Posted on 2 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hugh Handeyside, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project, Oct. 1, 2018 - "An American family that underwent a harrowing detention at the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection can now seek some measure of justice. That’s... Read More

Federal Judge Rules Suit Challenging CBP’s Turnaways of Asylum Seekers at the Border Can Proceed
Posted on 27 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CCR, Aug. 24, 2018 - "A federal judge ruled this week that a lawsuit challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) practice of turning away asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border can proceed. The lawsuit was brought by the Los Angeles... Read More

Tags: cbp , lawsuit , asylum , border

The Use of Coercion by U.S. DHS Officials Against Parents Who Were Forcibly Separated From Their Children
Posted on 24 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council and AILA | August 23, 2018 - "This complaint contains 13 pseudonymized case examples and original testimony from parents who were separated from their children that show a pervasive, illegal practice by DHS officials... Read More

'Shocked and Humiliated': Lawsuits Accuse Border Guards of Invasive Searches of Minors, Women
Posted on 20 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity, Aug. 19, 2018 - "Lovell’s lawsuit — and 10 others since 2011 reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity — raise timely and unsettling questions about how far border and other immigration... Read More

Tags: lawsuits , cbp , border , search

Hire More Border Agents? Not So Fast...
Posted on 20 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A massive security breach and failure rates on polygraph tests are slowing down the hiring of 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents, sowing frustration among lawmakers and business owners who were expecting quicker results." - Julián... Read More

Tags: polygraph , cbp

U.S. Arrests and Deports Departing Migrants
Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They're then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That's a question people on all sides... Read More

Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Failures of CBP to Respond to FOIA Requests
Posted on 14 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Yesterday, a class action lawsuit was filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under... Read More

Tags: cbp , FOIA , nwirp , nlg , lawsuit , aic

Authority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents: An Overview
Posted on 24 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was established in 2003 as an arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It combined agents from the U.S. Customs Service, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and agricultural inspectors... Read More

Tags: authority , cbp , ipc
  • Blog Post: CBP bars Russian engineers headed for Boeing, Seattle: B-1 in lieu of H-1B?

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport denied entry Friday to 15 Russian engineers from Boeing's Moscow Design Center and sent them back to Russia. The incident caused the company to suspend U.S. travel for other engineers from Russia...
  • Blog Post: GAO on Arizona Border Surveillance Technology: More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding

    "In 2005, the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) was conceived as a surveillance technology to create a 'virtual fence' along the border. After spending nearly $1 billion, DHS deployed SBInet systems along 53 miles of Arizona's border that represent the highest risk for...
  • Blog Post: CBP bats down iPad border crosser claims

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Jan. 4 called a Canadian man’s claims to have entered the U.S. using only a scanned image of his passport on an iPad “categorically false.” News reports on Jan. 4 said Martin Reisch, 33, a resident of Montreal, claimed he entered the...
  • Blog Post: Pilot Pedestrian Ready Lane Coming to Otay Mesa

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will open a pilot pedestrian Ready Lane at the Otay Mesa port of entry on February 23. Similar to the existing vehicle Ready Lanes, any traveler with an approved document that has Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can use the lane...
  • Blog Post: Federal immigration agency turns to El Paso migrants' shelter for help

    "Necessity often results in unexpected relationships, and that's one way to describe the connection between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Annunciation House in El Paso, a shelter for undocumented immigrants. Ruben Garcia, the shelter's director, said that as the...
  • Blog Post: Authority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents: An Overview

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was established in 2003 as an arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It combined agents from the U.S. Customs Service, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and agricultural inspectors, who monitor the ports of entry, and the...
  • Blog Post: CBP Apologizes for SRK Detention

    "In reel life (read his blockbuster movie, My Name Is Khan ), Shah Rukh Khan succeeds in convincing the 'US President-elect Barack Obama' that he's not a terrorist. But in real life, the picture isn't as rosy for the Bollywood superstar. Shah Rukh, on his way to deliver a lecture...
  • Blog Post: PBS: Border Patrol Using Excessive Force?

    "In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute , Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Eight people have been killed along the border in the past two years. One man died a short...
  • Blog Post: Mexican Border Controlled, CBP Looks North

    Now that net migration from Mexico has fallen to zero , CBP turns its attention to the wily Canuck , approaching by stealth via canoe. "There are no roads into or out of Canada in this remote wilderness area. All travel into and from Canada is by non motorized small boat, canoe, kayak, and...
  • Blog Post: ACLU Charges Border Abuse by CBP

    "The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded a federal investigation into allegations of rampant abuse of individuals, including U.S. citizens and legal residents, by Customs and Border Protection agents at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a complaint filed today with...
  • Blog Post: Will ICE and CBP Take Over US-VISIT?

    "Although the budget has not yet been approved, ICE, CBP and US-VISIT are taking proactive steps to transfer the multiple US-VISIT programs, including its biometric and biographic entities over to ICE and CBP." - ICE, June 5, 2012 .
  • Blog Post: CBP to Review Use of Force Policy

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched what it calls a comprehensive review of its officers' use of force amid a sharp increase in fatal confrontations along the Southwest border. The initiative, which appears to be the most far-reaching of its kind in recent years, calls for an assessment...
  • Blog Post: CBP on Language Assistance to Other Law Enforcement Agencies

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offices across the Nation work together with Federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners to achieve a unity of purpose and maximize operational integration, along with providing for the safety of the public and our law enforcement partners...
  • Blog Post: Oscar-Nominated Director Emad Burnat Detained by CBP at LAX

    "Emad Burnat, the Palestinian who co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras," was reportedly detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night as he attempted to enter America to attend the Oscars, this according to filmmaker Michael Moore. Burnat...
  • Blog Post: CBP Issues Sequestration FAQs and Plans

    "Customs and Border Protection (CBP) The Department of Homeland Security agency resposible for the movement of people and goods across international boundaries has published several statements on how sequestration will affect its operations." - Valentine Brown, Mar. 4, 2013 .
  • Blog Post: CBP Targeted for Abuse in Blizzard of Lawsuits, Complaints

    "Over the past week, an alliance of immigration groups, private attorneys and a law school clinic joined forces in filing complaints targeting abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) across the country. Ten damages cases have been filed alleging unlawful CBP conduct in northern and southern...
  • Blog Post: Lawsuit: CBP Unlawfully Deported American Toddler

    Ruiz v. USA, Filing date: 3/8/13 "On March 11, 2011, E.R., a four-year-old U.S. citizen, was detained by Customs and Border Protection following her arrival at Dulles Airport. E.R. was returning home to New York from a vacation in Guatemala with her grandfather, when her flight was diverted from...
  • Blog Post: Shootings by CBP Agents Increase Border Tensions

    "As rocks hurled from Mexico rained down on United States Border Patrol agents one night last October, at least one of the agents drew his gun and fired across the border, striking a teenager 11 times, 7 times in the back. The boy, José Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, collapsed and died on a...
  • Blog Post: How CBP Coerces False 'Confessions' from American Citizens

    "The State Department’s primary basis for revoking my client’s U.S. citizenship was a sworn statement taken by CBP officials on 09/24/1998. As revealed by a State Department attorney in yesterday’s post , the State Department does not do anything to corroborate the veracity...
  • Blog Post: Lawsuit Claims Woman’s Deportation Was a Death Sentence

    "The U.S. government deported 387,790 people in 2009, one of them a frightened 22-year-old victim of domestic abuse known, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday [June 5, 2013,] as “Laura S.” Despite having a restraining order against her abusive ex-boyfriend—she warned immigration agents...
  • Blog Post: DREAMer Stranded in Mexico After Confusion at Presidio Port of Entry

    "A mistake that left a deferred action beneficiary unable to re-enter the United States for weeks is being cited by immigration attorneys both as an example of confusion over certain laws and as a warning to those with a sensitive immigration status. On Aug. 12, Josue Alberto Rodriguez, 24, who...
  • Blog Post: DHS OIG on CBP Use of Force

    "Attached for your action is our revised final report, CBP Use of Force Training and Actions To Address Use of Force Incidents – Redacted (Revised), OIG-13-114. We incorporated the formal comments from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the final report. This revised version is redacted...
  • Blog Post: 'Nothing worse than a whiny Canadian...'

    "Is there a culture of anti-Canadian, anti-immigrant attitudes among some U.S. Customs and Border Protection members? According to Bellingham immigration lawyer Greg Boos, there is – and, he says, it’s a factor in border inspections, including questioning about marijuana use." ...
  • Blog Post: Eight Border Activists Released by CBP

    "Eight of the more than 30 immigrant activists who tried Monday to enter the U.S. at an international bridge in Laredo have been released pending their immigration cases. Federal authorities released four teenagers and three adults — parents of young activists who at the last minute chose...
  • Blog Post: DHS on Immigration Enforcement During Tropical Storm Karen

    "To the extent that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Karen (Karen) impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's...