Immigration Law

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Biden Proposes Raising Refugee Cap to 125K in FY2022
Posted on 20 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Sept. 20, 2021 "Today, the State Department is reaffirming our commitment to refugee resettlement in line with our long tradition of providing a safe haven and opportunity to individuals fleeing persecution. With the world facing... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees

Groups Launch Global Strategic Litigation Council for Refugee Rights
Posted on 13 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cornell Law, Sept. 13, 2021 "A first-of-its-kind Global Strategic Litigation Council for Refugee Rights comprised of more than two dozen refugee rights groups was launched today with leadership and support from Cornell Law School’s Migration... Read More

Tags: refugees

States Welcome Afghan Refugees
Posted on 11 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, Sept. 10, 2021 "Thirty-five state governors from both parties say they will welcome Afghan refugees forced to flee their country because of the Taliban takeover. “We’re a state of refuge,”... Read More

Tags: afghans , refugees

Afghan Evacuees Face Complex Immigration Road in US
Posted on 8 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aline Barros, VOA, Sept. 6, 2021 "The tens of thousands of Afghan refugees who made it to the United States as part of a historic humanitarian evacuation are entering an extraordinary system with very different benefits. Some with Special Immigrant... Read More

Tags: afghans , refugees

More Resources for Assisting Afghans
Posted on 3 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cornell Law School Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Steve Yale-Loehr, and law student Evan O'Neill, have compiled this list of resources. Read More

Tags: afghans , refugees

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Beg Congress for Refugee Status
Posted on 23 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Phelim Kine, Politico, July 21, 2021 "A coalition of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists in exile has issued an urgent public plea to the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that will grant refugee status to Hong Kong citizens with “well-founded... Read More

Biden to Expand Central American Minors Program
Posted on 15 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2021 "The Biden administration is expected to announce the major expansion of a program to allow Central American youths into the United States legally, part of its stated goal to increase “legal... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees

Southern Border Facts
Posted on 23 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tired of media spin, sensationalism and outright lying about the border? Here are three reputable sources: 1. A March 23, 2021 Fact Sheet from the American Immigration Council. 2. A link to the audio from a March 23, 2021 expert roundtable from the... Read More

Building Better, Not Backward: Learning from the Past to Design Sound Border Asylum Policy
Posted on 29 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yael Schacher, Dec. 18, 2020 "During his first week in office, President-elect Biden should issue an executive order on border asylum policy that departs dramatically from that which President Trump put forth during his first week. President Biden’s... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees , Trump , asylum

Debunking "Extreme Vetting"
Posted on 9 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

IRAP, Oct. 2020 "The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid, litigation, and systemic... Read More

Expert: Hong Kong Refugee Designation a "Political Statement"
Posted on 2 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Robert Delaney, South China Morning Post, Oct. 2, 2020 "The US state department announced the inclusion of Hong Kong for the first time in its annual refugee admissions proposal, a move that follows a series of actions taken by Washington in response... Read More

"A Complete Abdication of Our Humanitarian and Moral Duty”
Posted on 1 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LIRS, Oct. 1, 2020 "The Trump administration proposed its annual refugee admissions ceiling just before midnight on Wednesday, September 30, committing to resettle just 15,000 individuals in Fiscal Year 2021, which would be the lowest admissions... Read More

Tags: refugees

Calling it "Migration," State Dept. Blacks Out Refugee Data
Posted on 26 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Sept. 25, 2020 "The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) will begin migrating its Refugee Processing Center case processing system to a new IT system on October 9, 2020. This is part... Read More

The Fight to Save an Innocent Refugee
Posted on 21 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ben Taub, New Yorker, Jan. 20, 2020 "The project of government relies on nonpolitical career officials following orders, and executing them well. On December 4th, some two dozen federal employees from the F.B.I., the D.H.S., the State Department... Read More

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Trump Can't Allow States to Block Refugees: Court
Posted on 15 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HIAS, Inc. v. Trump "Plaintiffs have demonstrated to the Court's satisfaction, based on statutory text and structure, purpose, legislative history, judicial holdings, executive practice, the existence of a serious constitutional concern over... Read More