Immigration Law

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Report: Citizenship Delayed: Civil Rights and Voting Rights Implications in the Backlog in Citizenship and Naturalization Applications
Posted on 13 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCCR, Sept. 12, 2019 "The Colorado Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released its report, Citizenship Delayed: Civil Rights and Voting Rights Implications of the Backlog in Citizenship and Naturalization Applications .... Read More

Naturalization Catalysts: Report
Posted on 16 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Raph Majma, Lindsey Wagner, Sabrina Fonseca, May 9, 2019 "Several months ago, our team set out to learn more about the variables that affect naturalization decisions. The number of presumed eligible to naturalize lawful permanent residents in the... Read More

Denver Mayor Seeks Guidance from DOJ on Citizenship Denials, Marijuana
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

At least two Colorado LPRs were denied naturalization "solely because of their cannabis industry employment." Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock wrote this letter dated April 3, 2019 to Attorney General Barr asking for "formal guidance from... Read More

Experts Unpack the Hoda Muthana Birthright Citizenship Case
Posted on 21 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cornell Law professor Stephen W. Yale-Loehr is quoted on CNN : "Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration lawyer and Cornell University professor, said that the situation is "not clear-cut." "It would depend on the facts, if the State Department... Read More

Citizenship Question for 2020 Census Violates APA - NY v. Dept. of Commerce
Posted on 15 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NY v. Dept. of Commerce "[T]he Court concludes on the merits that Secretary Ross violated the APA in multiple independent ways. Most blatantly, Secretary Ross ignored, and violated, a statute that requires him, in circumstances like those here... Read More

Census Citizenship Question Triggers Legal and Political Fallout
Posted on 2 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, Oct. 24, 2018 - "As the timeline for launching the 2020 decennial census approaches fast, legal and political controversy surrounds the Trump administration’s inclusion of a question on citizenship... Read More

A Citizenship Expert Writes to President Trump
Posted on 30 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In the wake of President Trump's statement that he believes he can end 14th amendment birthright citizenship via Executive Order, citizenship expert attorney Kathrin S. Mautino wrote this letter to the President. [Note also this 2006 article on... Read More

Americans Stripped of Passports by State Department
Posted on 30 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kevin Seiff, Washington Post, Aug. 29, 2018 - "The Trump administration is accusing hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hispanics along the border of using fraudulent birth certificates since they were babies, and it is undertaking a widespread... Read More

$20K Settlement for American Citizen Locked Up By ICE: Ocampo v. Harrington
Posted on 2 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, May 2, 2016 - "A U.S. citizen arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at his home in 2012 and held in immigration detention for seven days has been awarded $20,000 in damages as part of an agreed judgment entered by a federal... Read More

Why Wealthy Chinese Are Giving Up U.S. Green Cards
Posted on 20 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An American passport can be a costly accessory-with U.S. citizenship come U.S. taxes. The WSJ's Wei Gu explains why some wealthy Chinese are instead taking advantage of offers to become citizens of cash-strapped European countries and wealthy... Read More

How I Passed My U.S. Citizenship Test: By Keeping the Right Answers to Myself
Posted on 16 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Last month, I became an American citizen, a tremendous honor and no easy accomplishment, even for a Canadian. After living here for 12 years, I thought I knew everything. Then I learned how we mint Americans . After years of steep filing fees and... Read More

Suzy Khimm Read Jeb Bush's Immigration Book So You Don't Have To
Posted on 7 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Jeb Bush set off firestorm for coming out against a path to citizenship for [unauthorized] immigrants, reversing his previous support for the proposal. But that’s just one part of the former Florida governor’s plan for immigration reform... Read More

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Campaigns to Qualify New Citizens in Texas
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Just in time for presidential elections in November, citizenship campaigns are rolling out for foreign-born residents who want to fully and finally bridge the distance between their birthplace and their adopted U.S.A. Pablin Marin, a glass... Read More

Boehner: Citizenship for DREAMers OK
Posted on 18 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Legislation offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children is "about basic fairness," House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday, pointing to an emerging consensus among House Republicans as they struggle for... Read More

National Campaign Helps Green Card Holders Upgrade to Citizenship
Posted on 27 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"D espite possessing a green card for 40 years, Sepida has never become an American citizen. Life got in the way, as he raised two children, worked a full-time job as a biomedical technician and ran side businesses on the weekends. "I was so... Read More