Immigration Law

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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

Tags: refugees

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

New Book - Baby Jails: The Fight to End Incarceration of Refugee Children
Posted on 13 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

University of California Press "Baby Jails: The Fight to End the Incarceration of Refugee Children in America, by Philip G. Schrag About the Book “I worked in a trailer that ICE had set aside for conversations between the women and the... Read More

TX Gov. Rejects New Refugees
Posted on 13 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2020 "Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday. ... It wasn’t... Read More

Black Friday for Refugees
Posted on 29 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Presidential Documents "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality... Read More

Tags: refugees , Trump

Expert: Trump's Executive Order on Refugees is Illegal
Posted on 1 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Oct. 1, 2019 "Donald Trump’s new executive order appears designed to give veto power over resettling refugees to people who don’t like refugees and elected officials willing to play on those fears. What are... Read More

Expert: White House Justification for Low Refugee Admissions 'Faulty'
Posted on 27 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Deirdre Shesgreen and Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, Sept. 26, 2019 "The Trump administration said Thursday it will reduce the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States to a historic low – permitting no more than 18,000... Read More

The Cost of Outsourcing Refugees - Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 17 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Sept. 16, 2019 "It seems perversely appropriate that it was on 9/11 that the Supreme Court removed the legal barrier to the Trump Administration’s most recent deadly attack on the right to asylum in this country. I continue... Read More

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Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... Read More

Data Defy Trump's Claim that Refugees and Asylees Burden Taxpayers
Posted on 10 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Madeline Buiano, Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity, May 8, 2019 " Researchers found that between 2005 and 2014, refugees and asylees here from 1980 on contributed $63 billion more to government revenues than they used in public services... Read More

Tags: refugees , asylees

Here’s how to handle Central American migrants — like the Cuban rafters and Soviet Jews before them
Posted on 13 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roberto Suro, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Feb. 13, 2019 "The United States has a long history of responding to migration emergencies with legislative remedies crafted for specific situations. Sometimes, the intent has been to open doors, at other... Read More

The US Refugee Resettlement Program — A Return to First Principles: How Refugees Help to Define, Strengthen, and Revitalize the United States
Posted on 22 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Donald Kerwin, 2018 - "The US refugee resettlement program should be a source of immense national pride. The program has saved countless lives; put millions of impoverished persons on a path to work, self-sufficiency, and integration; and advanced... Read More

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At Senate Hearing, Feds Double Down on 'Summer Camp' Baby Jails for Refugee Kids
Posted on 19 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, CNN, Sept. 18, 2018 - "A senior Trump administration official on Tuesday stood by his controversial comments comparing the detention centers for immigrant families to "summer camp," but declined to answer whether he'd send... Read More

A Refugee Looks Back: What the 1940s Teach Us About Today's Crisis
Posted on 17 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Milan J. Kubic, The Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2016 - "In the late 1940s, an intransigent Congress made it difficult for many post-WWII European refugees to come to the U.S. Among those displaced persons was Milan J. Kubic, the author of this piece... Read More

Expert: Vetting of Refugees, Immigrants a 'Balancing Act'
Posted on 27 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rebecca Shabad, CBS News, Feb. 27, 2017 - "As the Trump administration readies a new “extreme vetting” executive order that is expected to ban people from certain countries in order to give agencies time to review U.S. vetting procedures... Read More