Immigration Law

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Report: H-2B Workers Need More Safeguards
Posted on 21 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Foreign guest workers are in need of more job protection because they incur big debts to travel to the United States and can face threats of dismissal or deportation if they complain about low wages or harsh working conditions, said a report being... Read More

Release of the 2011 Human Rights Report
Posted on 24 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"I’m very pleased to be joined here today by Assistant Secretary Posner to release our 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . These reports, which the United States Government has published for nearly four decades, make clear... Read More

Rights Working Group Releases Report Critical of NSEERS and Calls for Full Dismantling of Program
Posted on 5 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Rights Working Group released The NSEERS Effect: A Decade of Racial Profiling, Fear, and Secrecy , a report critical of the Obama Administration's handling of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). NSEERS is a long... Read More

Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry
Posted on 16 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[E]nhanced border enforcement may have contributed to a number of secondary costs and benefits. To the extent that border enforcement successfully deters illegal entries—an effect that is also difficult to measure since deterrence ultimately... Read More

Tags: report , crs , border

Spheres of Exploitation: Thwarting Actors Who Profit from Illegal Labor, Domestic Servitude, and Sex Work
Posted on 23 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Large-scale movement across borders is too often exploited by “bad actors” who manipulate the system for profit. This report analyzes three spheres where perpetrators are motivated by the lure of high profits and low risks: the domestic... Read More

Report: End Solitary Confinement for Immigration Prisoners
Posted on 5 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Even relatively short periods in solitary confinement can cause severe and lasting physiological and psychological harm. Moreover, in many cases, the resulting harm rises to the level of torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, in violation... Read More

Report: CBP Border Drones Cost $12,255 Per Hour
Posted on 8 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Customs and Border Protection pays about $12,255 per hour to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border with Predator drones, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General, but the federal agency still doesn't... Read More

Tags: report , drone , cbp , border

The Economic Value of Citizenship for Immigrants in the United States: New MPI Report
Posted on 11 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Beyond imparting political and social rights, naturalization appears to confer economic gains for immigrants in the United States, with a wage premium of at least 5 percent, according to a new Migration Policy Institute study (MPI) released today... Read More

Posted on 18 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Partnership for a New American Economy today released a report analyzing the impact of immigration on the American economy. The nationwide study, based on a multi-year statistical analysis, offers... Read More

New Research: House and Senate Could Be Positioned for Agreement on Legalization of the Unauthorized Immigrants
Posted on 14 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"While a potential House approach on legalization would allow fewer unauthorized immigrants to gain lawful permanent residence than Senate bill S. 744, it could form the basis for an agreement on immigration reform, according to a new analysis by... Read More

E-Verify's Getting Better for Citizens, Worse for Immigrants, Asylees
Posted on 10 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A government report released this week found that E-Verify, a federal program that checks whether someone can legally work in the U.S., is growing more accurate. But not for immigrants. The report, commissioned by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration... Read More

American Exile: Rapid Deportations That Bypass the Courtroom
Posted on 5 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Every year, hundreds of thousands of people (83 percent) are deported from the United States without a hearing. These individuals never see a judge; instead, their rights and fates are determined by a single immigration enforcement officer in a... Read More

NSEERS - The Reality
Posted on 5 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"I represented a student from Johns Hopkins. He was from Pakistan. He had gone in to register [for NSEERS.] He had applied and had been admitted to Johns Hopkins for his Master’s Degree. Johns Hopkins knew his situation. However, somewhere... Read More

Tags: sabagh , report , nseers

Jails No Place for U.S. Immigration Detainees, Report Says
Posted on 6 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A report issued today by Human Rights First reveals that despite a 2009 commitment made two years ago today to overhaul the immigration detention system, the United States continues to hold the overwhelming majority of its nearly 400,000... Read More

Deciding Who Drives: State Choices Surrounding Unauthorized Immigrants and Driver Licenses
Posted on 24 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants can routinely obtain and renew driver’s licenses, but some states have decided to allow unauthorized immigrants—those who do not have explicit permission from the U.S. government to reside in the country—to... Read More