Immigration Law

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Military-Style Raid in AZ: Border Patrol Detains 30+ People Receiving Care at Humanitarian Aid Station
Posted on 3 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

No More Deaths, Aug. 1, 2020 "Arivaca, AZ: Around sunset on July 31st, US Border Patrol raided No More Deaths’ humanitarian aid station, Byrd Camp, detaining over thirty people who were receiving medical care, food, water, and shelter from... Read More

Leaked Border Patrol Memo Tells Agents to Send Migrants Back Immediately — Ignoring Asylum Law
Posted on 3 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, ProPublica, Apr. 2, 2020 "For the first time since the enactment of the Refugee Act in 1980, people who come to the U.S. saying they fear persecution in their home countries are being turned away by Border Patrol agents with no chance... Read More

“Women to One Side, Men to the Other”: How the Border Patrol’s New Powers and Old Carelessness Separated a Family
Posted on 31 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, ProPublica, Jan. 31, 2020 "Under Trump, Border Patrol agents wield nearly unchecked power over the fate of migrants — and their seemingly random decisions can cleave families apart. ... [much more...]" Read More

Spokane vs. the Border Patrol: How Immigration Agents Stake Out a City Bus Station
Posted on 17 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Martyn, The Intercept, Dec. 10, 2019 "“THE WHOLE WALL thing, I think that’s what really beefed it up,” the Greyhound bus driver told me at the end of her shift. She was referring to the sudden increase in Border Patrol agents... Read More

Border Patrol Now Doing 'Credible Fear' Screenings
Posted on 19 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Molly O'Toole, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 19, 2019 "Border Patrol agents are beginning to screen migrant families for “credible fear” instead of highly trained asylum officers who are charged with determining whether applicants qualify... Read More

What a Pediatrician Saw Inside a Border Patrol Warehouse
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic, July 3, 2019 "Dolly Lucio Sevier evaluated dozens of sick children at a facility in South Texas. She found evidence of infection, malnutrition, and psychological trauma." Read More

DHS Inspector General Management Alert: DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley
Posted on 3 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Inspector General, July 2, 2019 "... During our visits to five Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley, we observed serious overcrowding of UACs and families, populations defined as “at-risk” in TEDS standards (see figures... Read More

Why Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers Should Not Serve as Asylum Officers
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josiah Heyman, Jeremy Slack, and Daniel E. Martínez, June 21, 2019 "United States Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen allegedly hit an undocumented migrant with his truck in November 2017. In preparation for trial, federal prosecutors revealed... 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

Government Watchdog Report Says Texas Border Facility Was So Overcrowded That Detainees Stood on Toilets to 'Gain Breathing Space'
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Abby Vesoulis, Time Magazine, May 31, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found an El Paso Border Patrol processing center was so overcrowded that detainees were wearing “soiled clothing for... Read More

Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... Read More

Bodies in the Borderlands: The Prosecution of Scott Warren
Posted on 7 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, May 4, 2019 "No More Deaths, also known as No Más Muertes, had published a scathing report, complete with video evidence, implicating the Border Patrol in the destruction of thousands of gallons of water left... Read More

Expert: Border Patrol Collection of Migrant Kids' Fingerprints 'Subject to Court Challenge'
Posted on 29 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press, Apr. 26, 2019 "U.S. border authorities say they’ve started to increase the biometric data they take from children 13 years old and younger, including fingerprints, despite privacy concerns and government... Read More

Armed Right-Wing Vigilantes Detain Migrants at Gunpoint in New Mexico
Posted on 19 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angela Kocherga, Albuquerque Journal, Apr. 19, 2019 "The ACLU of New Mexico is calling for the governor and attorney general to investigate an “armed vigilante group currently engaged in unlawful detention of hundreds of migrants” on... Read More

The Border Patrol Needs to Brush Up on the Law
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, Feb. 12, 2019 "In late January, Oregon comedian Mohanad Elshieky was briefly detained by the Border Patrol while traveling on a Greyhound bus in Spokane, Washington. He recounted the incident on Twitter , and it was also reported... Read More