Immigration Law

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Trump Threatens Deportation for 'Millions'
Posted on 18 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, June 17, 2019 "President Trump said in a tweet Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation... Read More

The Attorney General’s Judges: How the U.S. Immigration Courts Became a Deportation Tool
Posted on 13 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SPLC and Innovation Law Lab, June 12, 2019 "The U.S. immigration court system has failed to fulfill the legal promise of fair and impartial case-by-case review, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Innovation... Read More

ICE Failed to Follow Policies on Noncitizen Veterans: GAO Report
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Ines Zamudio, WBEZ, June 7, 2019 "Hundreds of noncitizen veterans were placed in removal proceedings during the past six years despite policies to consider their service in deportation cases and to provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants... Read More

Deported for a Crime He Didn’t Commit — to the Wrong Country
Posted on 25 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Scott Bixby, Daily Beast, Apr. 25, 2019 "A longtime legal resident of the United States may have been deported to the wrong country for a crime he didn’t commit—all due to what a foreign court has determined could be a case of mistaken... Read More

Born in Philadelphia, U.S. Citizen Held For Deportation to Jamaica by ICE - Lawsuit
Posted on 5 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Isaac Stanley-Becker, Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2018 - "When Peter Sean Brown turned himself in to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in April, he expected to be back to work in no time at Fogarty’s, a laid-back restaurant in Key West... Read More

Communities in Crisis: Interior Removals and Their Human Consequences
Posted on 13 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kino Border Initiative, Center for Migration Studies of New York, Office of Justice and Ecology, Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Nov. 2018 "In late 2017, the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), the Center for Migration Studies of New... Read More

AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption
Posted on 10 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2018 - "Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and... Read More

A Tale of Two Typos
Posted on 9 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As members of Congress struggle to reconcile their opposing views on immigration reform, rapid-firing amendments and counter-amendments across the aisle, we all should remember the successes and failures of our last immigration law overhaul in 1996... Read More

They Deport Valedictorians, Don't They?
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

If you thought the Morton Memo was too good to be true, you were right. ICE and EOIR have their sights set on Daniela Pelaez , the valedictorian at North Miami Senior High with a 6.7 GPA and a U.S. citizen brother who served in the Army in Afghanistan... Read More

Family Values on ICE: The Deportation of Parents of U.S.-Born Citizens
Posted on 2 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"I am pleased to present the following report, "Deportation of Parents of U.S.-Born Citizens" for the second half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, as prepared by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)." - John Morton, Mar. 26, 2012... Read More

Yes He Can, on Immigration
Posted on 7 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Those who would qualify for legalization under a Senate bill passed last summer — people who do not pose criminal threats, who have strong ties to this country and, in many cases, have children who are American citizens — should not... Read More

TRUST Act Signed Into Law In Illinois
Posted on 30 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Aug. 28, 2017 - "Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed the Illinois TRUST Act (SB 31) into law this morning, enacting the nation’s strongest state-level due process protections for immigrants who fear any interaction with local police... Read More

Good News for Detained Immigrants in Los Angeles
Posted on 15 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday ordered federal officials to provide a hearing to immigrants detained across the Los Angeles area to determine if they should be released on bond while they fight their deportation cases. U.S. District... Read More

Trump: The New Deportation Threat
Posted on 7 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Preston, The New York Review of Books, May 25, 2017 - "Trump’s demonization of immigrants is driving a widening crackdown. ICE is moving much faster and more aggressively than it did during the Obama years. Agents who chafed under Obama... Read More

The story behind 'Lost in Detention'
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Workshop requested data going back a decade about people held by the U.S. government for deportation, including detainee names, when and where individuals were booked in and booked out of detention, and what prompted their arrest. We asked... Read More

  • Blog Post: Leniency isn’t automatic under new deportation policy

    "As evidenced by a series of recent near-deportation cases that have made the news, the guidelines aren’t being applied automatically as they trickle down through layers of immigration enforcement officials, and sometimes the contractors who work for them. The “left hand isn’t...
  • Blog Post: Notarios Victimize Immigrants Over New Policy

    "The Obama administration said in the Aug. 18 announcement that it is creating an “interagency working group” to review the more than 300,000 immigrant files in deportation proceedings. It is unclear, however, who will be assigned to this working group and when or how it will announce...
  • Blog Post: Advocates hail Bloomberg's support of City Council legislation

    "In a significant reversal, the Bloomberg administration said Friday that it would support a City Council bill that would hamper federal authorities’ ability to detain, and eventually deport, foreign-born inmates on Rikers Island who are about to be released. The decision is an important...
  • Blog Post: Crossing Over, and Over...

    "Migrant shelters along the Mexican border are filled not with newcomers looking for a better life, but with seasoned crossers: older men and women, often deportees, braving ever-greater risks to get back to their families in the United States — the country they consider home. They...
  • Blog Post: Culture of Cruelty

    A series of compelling videos from No More Deaths Arizona. Evidence of a failed and inhumane policy.
  • Blog Post: Are Bureaucrats Blowing Off Obama’s New Immigration Policy?

    "Why are undocumented immigrants that the administration says it intends to help stay in this country still facing deportation?" Nathan Pippenger, The New Republic, Oct. 4, 2011 .
  • Blog Post: Napolitano: Prioritizing finite resources makes sense

    "It makes sense to prioritize our finite resources on removing a Mexican citizen who is wanted for murder in his home country ahead of a Mexican national who is the sole provider for his American citizen spouse; It makes sense to remove a Costa Rican man convicted of sexual assault against...
  • Blog Post: DREAMer escapes deportation...for now

    " Rodrigo Cruz , a 16-year-old high school student preparing for deportation, walked into an immigration office in Charlotte on Tuesday with a $155 bus ticket to Mexico and walked out with permission to stay temporarily in the United States . Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials granted...
  • Blog Post: Napolitano calls for immigration 'reality check'

    "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have called for a “reality check” of the country’s debate over immigration enforcement. Napolitano, speaking at American University on Wednesday, defended the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement policies as being...
  • Blog Post: College student granted one-year stay of deportation

    "A Stony Brook University student received a birthday present on Friday that she will never forget. Nadia Habib, a psychology major who was scheduled to be deported to Bangladesh last week, has been granted a stay of removal for a year. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, told Habib on...
  • Blog Post: ICE grants short stay, denies Deferred Action, in case of gay binational couple

    "A gay Indonesian man fighting to remain in the U.S. with his American husband has been denied a reprieve from deportation — a decision that appears to contradict Obama administration promises that members of same-sex binational couples can be considered lower-priority cases among ...
  • Blog Post: Alabama parents fearing deportation make plans for kids

    "Terrified by Alabama 's strict new immigration crackdown, parents living in the state illegally say they are doing something that was unthinkable just days ago — asking friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances to take their children if they're arrested or deported...
  • Blog Post: Obama's Immigration Gamble

    " Amid impassioned demands from Latinos to revamp immigration policy , President Barack Obama found a way to act alone, without relying on an unwilling Congress. His administration’s solution — scaling back deportations of illegal immigrants who appear to pose little criminal threat...
  • Blog Post: Fire Captain of a New Jersey Town is Targeted for Deportation

    "Every day Jesus Manolo Donis tackles a full agenda. He takes his 3-year-old son to school and makes sure his stepdaughter makes her therapies. He cooks for his fellow neighbors. He is active in the PTA. And, with palpable pride, Donis serves as captain of the fire department in Rocky Hill...
  • Blog Post: U.S. deportations reach historic levels

    "Nearly 400,000 people were deported from the United States in the past fiscal year, the largest number in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the government announced Tuesday." - CNN, Oct. 18, 2011 .
  • Blog Post: The story behind 'Lost in Detention'

    "The Workshop requested data going back a decade about people held by the U.S. government for deportation, including detainee names, when and where individuals were booked in and booked out of detention, and what prompted their arrest. We asked for this information in several Freedom of...
  • Blog Post: DREAM Act-Eligible Man Faces Deportation, Despite Policy Change

    "Shamir Ali, a 25-year-old born in Bangladesh, was at work at a Miami luxury car dealership last week when federal officers raided the company. FBI officers asked Ali for his papers, and then turned him over to immigration authorities, putting the undocumented man into deportation proceedings...
  • Blog Post: In The Rush To Deport, Expelling U.S. Citizens

    "The government is not shy about its success deporting people from the United States. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently sent out videos of early-morning raids conducted across the country. Uniformed ICE agents are shown planning to capture suspects, followed by shots of the suspects...
  • Blog Post: What Does 396,906 Deportations Mean? 654,895 Children Lose a Parent

    "What does this very large number of 396,906 mean for families and U.S. citizen children? Let us assume that at least two-thirds of the deportees are married, with an average of 2.5 children. Thus, from the perspective of ICIRR, the impact of this year's accomplishments by ICE is that...
  • Blog Post: NY Court of Appeals on appeal rights of deportees

    "In these criminal proceedings, the Appellate Division, pursuant to CPL 470.60 (1), dismissed defendants' direct appeals from their judgments of conviction prior to their hearing and disposition. Both defendants filed timely notices of appeal, but were involuntarily deported by the Department...
  • Blog Post: NY court: Deported immigrants entitled to appeals

    "New York's top court ruled Tuesday that two immigrants who had been in the United States legally are entitled to appeal criminal convictions even though they've been deported after being released from jail." - Associated Press, Oct. 25, 2011 .
  • Blog Post: House member appalled at family separation statistics

    " In response to a new report out today on families separated by deportation, Congressman José E. Serrano expressed his profound disgust with a system that has left more than 5000 citizen children in foster care because their parents were deported. Serrano called the policies 'un...
  • Blog Post: Children pack South Texas foster care systems after ICE deports parents

    "El Paso and parts of the Rio Grande Valley have some of the nation’s highest numbers of children living in foster care because their parents were removed by immigration enforcement, according to a new study by the Applied Research Center, a public policy institute covering racial justice...
  • Blog Post: Deportations Under New U.S. Policy Are Inconsistent

    "A new Obama administration policy to avoid deportations of illegal immigrants who are not criminals has been applied very unevenly across the country and has led to vast confusion both in immigrant communities and among agents charged with carrying it out." - New York Times, Nov. 13...
  • Blog Post: Obama: Kids Stuck in Foster Care Due to Deportation a 'Real Problem'

    "In a briefing with Latino journalists last week, President Obama directly acknowledged that his administration’s immigration enforcement practices break up families and exclude parents from decisions about the custody of their children. His comments affirmed the central findings of...