Immigration Law

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Expert: Court Ruling Will Sow Fear
Posted on 28 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Philip Marcelo, Amy Taxin, Associated Press, June 28, 2022 "The Biden administration, reacting to a federal court ruling in Texas, has suspended an order that had focused resources for the arrest and deportation of immigrants on those who are considered... Read More

Abuses in the Air: Sports Travel and the Deportation Industry
Posted on 15 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

University of Washington Center for Human Rights, June 2022 "Every week, thousands of migrants are shackled at the hands and feet and forced onto deportation flights to destinations across the globe. [1] While the flights are contracted by U.S... Read More

Number of New Deportation Cases Far Outpaces Completed Cases in FY 2021: TRAC
Posted on 14 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Oct. 14, 2021 - "According to TRAC’s updated Quick Facts tools , the number of new deportation cases filed with the Courts in FY 2021–over 315,000–is more than double the number of completed cases over the same period which... Read More

Tags: deportation , TRAC

Expert: ICE Actions Frustrate Sanctuary Jurisdictions
Posted on 8 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katie Mettler and Rachel Chason, Washington Post, Dec. 7, 2020 "A Maryland immigrant hoped to delay his deportation until Biden took office. It didn’t work. ... “Edgar has been in this county 20 years, has three American-born children... Read More

The True Costs of Deportation: Julia Preston
Posted on 24 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project, June 22, 2020 "... Across the country, hundreds of thousands of American families are coping with anguish compounded by steep financial decline after a spouse’s or parent’s deportation, a more enduring... Read More

Deported to Danger
Posted on 5 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Deported to Danger: United States Deportation Policies Expose Salvadorans to Death and Abuse - Human Rights Watch, Feb. 5, 2020 "The US government has deported people to face abuse and even death in El Salvador. The US is not solely responsible—Salvadoran... Read More

Colo. Gov. Polis Pardons Woman in Sanctuary
Posted on 24 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Dec. 23, 2019 Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order C 2019 007 , granting a full and unconditional pardon to Ingrid LaTorre, a woman from Peru who has spent years living in sanctuary to try to avoid deportation. The effect of the pardon... Read More

Deported Army Veteran Returns to US for Citizenship Bid
Posted on 25 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press, Sept. 24, 2019 "An Army veteran who was deported to Mexico in 2018 arrived back in Chicago Tuesday for a final chance at becoming a U.S. citizen and living in the city he has called home since boyhood. Federal... Read More

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

  • 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...