Immigration Law

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Lawsuit Filed against CoreCivic in NM
Posted on 20 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU-NM, May 13, 2021 " The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico and the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC) today filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine asylum-seekers formerly detained at the Torrance County Detention Facility as... Read More

NM ACLU Sues CoreCivic Over Treatment of Immigrant Prisoners
Posted on 17 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, May 14, 2021 "The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center on Friday sued a private prison company over the treatment of nine immigrant detainees at the Torrance County Detention Center... Read More

Biden, Mayorkas Disappear Trafficking Victims Under Trump's Title 42 Order
Posted on 5 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tina Vásquez, April 1st, 2021 "A man calls the Phoenix Police Department on January 29—his uncle has been kidnapped. Smugglers are holding his uncle at a drop house. They had helped his uncle, a newly arrived undocumented immigrant... Read More

Tags: ACLU , Biden , mayorkas , Title 42 , CDC

Title 42 Expulsion Lawsuit Update (P.J.E.S. v. Pekoske)
Posted on 1 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is the govt. brief in the P.J.E.S. v. Pekoske lawsuit, and here is the public Appendix. The Appellees brief is due March 11th . Here is the ACLU case page. Read More

Tags: ACLU , COVID-19 , CDC , border

7 MPP Orders Rescinded: Bollat Vasquez Preliminary Injunction
Posted on 14 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Mass., Feb. 14, 2021 "Seven asylum-seekers, including children, will reunite with their families in Massachusetts and safely pursue their applications within the United States, in an ACLU victory against a Trump-era policy. U.S. District Court... Read More

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


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