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EOIR Announces Change to Immigration Judges Hearing Cases Out of Artesia
Posted on 10 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that, effective September 29, 2014, it will assign immigration cases originating at the Artesia, N.M., hearing location to immigration judges at the Denver Immigration Court in Denver... Read More

Tags: Denver , Artesia , Virginia , VTC , eoir

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch: Detaining Immigrant Families is Shameful
Posted on 12 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It is a gut-wrenching thing to ask a mother whether she prefers to be sent back to her country with her children, or whether she prefers to return without them, leaving them in the care of someone else. I found myself asking this question to many... Read More

Why We Are Suing the Government
Posted on 29 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"American Immigration Council Executive Director Ben Johnson explains why the Council has filed lawsuits against the federal government." - American Immigration Council, Aug. 28, 2014 . Read More

Report: Locking Up Family Values, Again
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), leading experts on the intersection of families and immigration, have collaborated to show the harm family detention causes and outline sensible alternatives... Read More

Inside Artesia
Posted on 24 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Inside the remote, secretive detention center for migrant families ... Hundreds of migrant families who have entered the US from Central America are being held in detention while they wait to be processed. Over 600 people are being held in the main... Read More

Tags: Artesia , lind , orantes , tumlin , nilc

Letter to Obama: Close Dilley - Central American Refugee Crisis Demands Humanitarian Response, Not Show of Force
Posted on 23 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We, the undersigned civil rights and civil liberties, human rights, faith, immigration, labor, criminal justice, legal, children’s rights, and domestic violence advocacy organizations, oppose the opening of the new family detention facility... Read More

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill
Posted on 21 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid... Read More

Artesia Betrays Us All: Angela L. Williams
Posted on 17 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"I have no way of adequately expressing the dismay, and loss and anger and hurt and woundedness that this week made me feel. Finally I figured out the word. It is betrayal. I felt betrayed. Deeply betrayed by something that I have dedicated my life... Read More

Honduran Mom in Artesia Granted Asylum by Video
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An immigration judge [in Arlington, VA] granted asylum on Thursday to a Honduran woman and her children after the woman testified that she was beaten, threatened and raped at gunpoint by her husband before fleeing to the United States. The woman... Read More

Denver Judges Will Hear Immigration Cases From New Mexico
Posted on 16 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration judges in Denver will hear hundreds of cases via closed-circuit TV, the federal government has determined. Judges will review the cases of approximately 600 women and children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who are being held... Read More

Immigration Judge Hears Bond Pleas By Video, 1,700 Miles Away
Posted on 12 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration Judge Quynh Bain keeps having to interrupt the witness to ask her to slow down her account of the night that some Mara-18 gang members ran her off the road in her hometown in El Salvador. “Please remember,’’ the judge... Read More

As U.S. Speeds Deportation of Central American Refugees, Distress Fills New Family Detention Centers
Posted on 6 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After declaring the surge of Central American migrants crossing the border a humanitarian crisis, the Obama administration has shifted sharply to a strategy of deterrence, moving families to isolated facilities and placing them on a fast track for... Read More

Beyond Artesia: Without a Choice in Karnes Detention Center
Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"I attended the first Know-Your-Rights (KYR) presentation as a volunteer lawyer at the Karnes Detention Center on Friday. The KYR was offered by American Gateways in Austin. The organization has stepped up to offer weekly presentations, but does... Read More

CBP Claims 3-Year-Old Came to U.S. 'To Look for Work'
Posted on 15 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Last summer, at a United States Border Patrol station along the U.S.-Mexico border, a parade of Border Patrol agents interviewed Y-F-. Addressing Y-F- directly in Spanish, a government agent told Y-F- that "I am an officer of the United States... Read More

Tags: Artesia , bia , benach , cbp , aila , Manning , appeal

Open Letter from AILA to White House, DHS and DOJ
Posted on 30 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The undersigned Chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national bar association of more than 13,000 immigration lawyers and law professors, calls for the Obama Administration to immediately review its current detention... Read More