Immigration Law

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ACLU: Trump Anti-Immigrant Census Memo Unconstitutional
Posted on 21 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, July 21, 2020 "The American Civil Liberties Union calls President Trump’s order seeking to ban immigrants who are undocumented from being counted in the census patently unconstitutional. Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting... Read More

Tags: ACLU , census , Trump

Habeas Victory in NY? - Hassoun v. Searls (Release Stayed)
Posted on 2 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hassoun v. Searls "Petitioner Adham Amin Hassoun (“Petitioner”) is a civil immigration detainee currently housed at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility (the “BFDF”) in Batavia, New York, who seeks a writ of habeas corpus... Read More

Tags: ACLU , hassoun , habeas

Ten Freed From Immigration Jail by Court Order: Thakker v. Doll
Posted on 1 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Mar. 31, 2020 "A federal court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ruled today that federal immigration authorities must immediately release the ten people who sued for their release and who remain in detention in three county facilities in the... Read More

ACLU, NWIRP Sue for Release of Immigration Prisoners
Posted on 17 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Mar. 16, 2020 "The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Washington, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement today on behalf of immigrants detained at the Tacoma Northwest Detention... Read More

Tags: ACLU , COVID-19 , ICE

'Fugitive’ FOIA Victory by Colo. ACLU Against ICE
Posted on 27 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On December 16, 2019 Colorado Federal District Court Judge William J. Martinez issued a permanent injunction blocking ICE from alleging “fugitive” status as a 7(A) FOIA exemption. The lawsuit was filed in 2016 by Colorado immigration attorney... Read More

Tags: ACLU , FOIA , ICE

Trump Is First to Use PATRIOT Act to Detain a Man Forever
Posted on 29 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Spencer Ackerman, Daily Beast, Nov. 29, 2019 "For the 18-year lifespan of the war on terrorism, an obscure provision of the PATRIOT Act permitting the indefinite detention of non-citizens on U.S. soil has gone unused. But to keep a Palestinian... Read More

ACLU Report Highlights Death, Abuse and Neglect at Colo. ICE Jail
Posted on 18 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Colorado, Sept. 18, 2019 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers operate without meaningful accountability or oversight. One facility in particular — the Aurora Contract Detention Facility (ACDF), operated by... Read More

Lawsuit Targets Termination of Medical Deferred Action
Posted on 6 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Sept. 5, 2019 "The ACLU of Massachusetts and Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) today filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s abrupt termination of a government program that protects immigrants with life-threatening health... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Surveillance of Border Lawyers, Activists
Posted on 24 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sam Levin, The Guardian, July 24, 2019 "The US government has interfered with humanitarian aid work at the US-Mexico border by monitoring activists, restricting their travel and detaining them, a new lawsuit alleges. In a complaint filed... Read More

ACLU Sues to Block New Trump Asylum Rule
Posted on 16 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, et al., v. Barr et al., Case 3:19-cv-0407, N.D. Cal. Read More

Tags: ACLU , Trump , asylum

Colo. Lawsuit Targets 287(g) Agreement
Posted on 10 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grace Carson, Colo. Independent, June 28, 2019 "The ACLU of Colorado has sued Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell, alleging his office is working with federal immigration officers to arrest and detain immigrants in violation of state law. The... Read More

Tags: ACLU , Colorado , 287(g)

Judge Shuts Down Trump’s Diversion of Military Funds to Build Border Wall
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Parton, CNS, June 28, 2019 "A federal judge in California ruled Friday against the Trump administration in two different lawsuits over the use of $2.5 billion in military funding to build part of a southern border wall. Last month, U.S. District... Read More

Border Patrol Bus Searches: Passengers Have Right to Refuse to Answer Questions
Posted on 7 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adiel Kaplan and Vanessa Swales, NBC News, June 5, 2019 "Mercedes Phelan was confused last April when Border Patrol agents boarded the Greyhound bus she was riding in Pennsylvania and asked her if she was a citizen. Ten months later, when she... Read More

ACLU of La. and SPLC Sue Trump Administration for Illegally Denying Parole to Asylum Seekers
Posted on 31 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, May 30, 2019 "The SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit today against the Trump administration for categorically denying release to hundreds of people who are languishing in immigration prisons after lawfully... Read More

CA9 on SIJ Relief: C.J.L.G. v. Barr (En Banc)
Posted on 3 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

C.J.L.G. v. Barr "A gang held 14-year-old C.J.L.G. (“CJ”) at gunpoint in his native Honduras and threatened to kill his family after he rejected recruitment attempts. CJ and his mother Maria then fled their homeland and sought asylum... Read More