Immigration Law

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Former ICE lawyer switches sides: I want to protect immigrant children, not prosecute them
Posted on 27 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Peña, June 27, 2018 - "My face turned beet red when the immigration judge demanded I explain why a six-month old baby was being called to appear separately from his mother in a removal hearing. Though the mother was physically in the... Read More

Bar Exam Passed, Immigrant Still Can’t Practice Law
Posted on 4 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Cesar Vargas seemed to have checked all the right boxes in his quest to become a lawyer in New York State. He made honors at both college and law school in New York City, his home since coming to the United States from Mexico at age 5. He interned... Read More

Judge Orders Attorney Access to Refugee Kids in Arizona Immigration Jail
Posted on 18 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On July 10, 2014, prompted by the government’s initial response to the large influx of unaccompanied alien children6 (“unaccompanied children” or “UAC”) and families – many from El Salvador – who have recently... Read More

Ex-ICE attorney Jonathan Love sentenced to prison for falsifying document in immigration case
Posted on 21 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr 20, 2016 - "A former attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who used a falsified document in an immigration proceeding, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 30 days in prison, 100 hours of community service, one... Read More

Posted on 12 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" What is the role of the attorney in advising non-citizens who may be committing crimes in Alabama by virtue of simply being alive in Alabama?" - Cyrus D. Mehta, Nov. 11, 2011 . Read More

Immigration Judge Won’t Delay Hearing For Lawyer’s Maternity Leave, Then Berates Her For Bringing Baby To Court
Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An attorney on maternal leave was denied her request to postpone an immigration hearing in Atlanta, and had to litigate with her baby strapped to her chest. Then, she was berated by the judge, who refused to delay the hearing, for bringing her child... Read More

Chicago Woman Indicted for Posing as Immigration Attorney
Posted on 18 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Maricela Haro had an elaborate strategy for finding vulnerable immigrants and scamming them out of thousands of dollars. Some of Haro’s victims say her scheme revolved around winning their trust. It went like this: She falsely claimed that... Read More

Florida Supreme Court Punts on Licensure for DACA Lawyer
Posted on 8 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" An undocumented immigrant who applied for a law license in Florida cannot be admitted to the bar, the State Supreme Court said Thursday in a case being watched closely by both sides of the immigration debate. But the decision, according to legal... Read More

Cal. Sup. Ct. Considering Undocumented Bar Applicant
Posted on 11 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When the state Supreme Court asked for briefing on whether an undocumented immigrant can be admitted as a lawyer in California, it didn't ask simple questions. ... [T]he court also asked for briefing on any "legal and public policy limitations"... Read More

ABA ProBAR Attorney Job in Harlingen, TX - Legal Orientation Program
Posted on 19 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"ProBAR seeks to hire a Legal Orientation Program (LOP) Attorney to provide group and individual legal rights presentations, coordinate pro bono representation, and engage in limited direct representation on behalf of immigration detainees... Read More

ICE OPLA Attorney DC Job Openings
Posted on 22 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Job Title: General Attorney (Immigration Law and Practice Division) Department: Department Of Homeland Security Agency: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Job Announcement Number:OPLA-ILPD-1408074-WJ SALARY RANGE: $63,722.00 to $139,523.00... Read More

Tags: Attorney , opla , ICE

WDA Hiring Immigration Project Resource Attorney
Posted on 4 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"WDA seeks a full-time immigration resource attorney to join WDAIP staff. The position is funded for one year beginning July 1, 2012, and WDA is committed to seeking additional full-time funding to continue the position. The position is based... Read More

Attorney, Anti-Trafficking Program, Brooklyn
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Using an intensive case management model and human rights based approach, Safe Horizon operates a comprehensive, community-focused social and legal services program for survivors of human trafficking, many of whom have experienced and witnessed... Read More

USCIS relents: original I-797s to be sent to attorney, acc. rep.
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" A year ago, USCIS initiated an internal system change that altered where we send receipt notices (I-797). Last month, when the change went into effect, we heard from stakeholders that this change had an unintended negative external impact... Read More

Tags: Attorney , i-797 , USCIS

North Dakota Immigration Attorney Suspended: In re Howe
Posted on 12 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We conclude clear and convincing evidence establishes Howe violated N.D.R. Prof. Conduct 1.1, competence; 1.3, diligence; and 1.4, communication. We order that Howe be suspended from the practice of law for six months and one day, that he pay $8... Read More