Immigration Law

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Trump Administration Can’t Dodge Central American Child Refugee Claims: S.A. v. Trump
Posted on 11 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Macias Jr., Courthouse News, Dec. 10, 2018 - "A federal judge on Monday denied the Trump administration’s effort to toss most claims brought by parents of Central American migrant children who said the government unlawfully ended a refugee... Read More

Vox (Dara Lind) Exclusive: Draft Asylum Regulation Would Block Many Central Americans
Posted on 29 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, June 29, 2018 - "The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is drafting a plan that would totally overhaul asylum policy in the United States. Under the plan, people would be barred from getting asylum if they... Read More

Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming
Posted on 23 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stephanie Leutert, Lawfare, June 23, 2018 - "Over the past week, the separation of 2,000 children from their parents along the U.S. border has forced immigration into the national spotlight. President Trump, who initiated the separations and then... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live
Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by State Net

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide... Read More

News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2012, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 9 Feb 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Arizona Must Issue Drivers’ Licenses to DACA Recipients | On January 22, 2015, District Judge David G. Campbell permanently enjoined Arizona from refusing to issue drivers’ licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood... Read More

Delays Dog Refugee Program; Applicants Turn to Smugglers
Posted on 28 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 21, 2016 - "[P]arents frustrated by delays in the Central American Minors program are turning to smugglers. State Department officials said it takes about eight months on average to vet families, but... Read More

Detained, Deceived, and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families
Posted on 18 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Guillermo Cantor, Ph.D. & Tory Johnson, May 18, 2016 - "Over the last few years, the escalation of violence in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala (collectively known as the Northern Triangle of Central America) has reached dramatic levels.... Read More

UN to Screen Central American Refugees: Kerry
Posted on 13 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, Jan. 13, 2016 - "The Obama administration is planning to expand a program to let would-be migrants from Central America apply for refugee status before they attempt to come to the U.S., Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday... Read More

A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis: Sonia Nazario
Posted on 12 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"To permanently stem this flow of children, we must address the complex root causes of violence in Honduras, as well as the demand for illegal drugs in the United States that is fueling that violence. In the meantime, however, we must recognize this... Read More

Expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) Program
Posted on 16 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Nov. 15, 2016 - "In July, the United States announced plans to expand the Central American Minors (CAM) program to allow additional categories of applicants to apply for admission to the United States as a refugee, when accompanied... Read More

U.S. Expands Initiatives To Address Central American Migration Challenges - DHS
Posted on 28 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, July 26, 2016 - "Over the past year, the United States has taken a series of steps to address the ongoing humanitarian challenges in Central America, particularly for the many vulnerable individuals attempting to leave the region and come to... Read More

Gang and Cartel Violence: A Reason To Grant Political Asylum from Mexico and Central America
Posted on 13 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"People fleeing gang violence in Mexico and Central America have been, for the most part, denied asylum in the U.S. Nonetheless, modern interpretations of refugee and international law suggest that there is more merit to these claims for asylum than... Read More

270+ Organizations Ask White House for TPS for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
Posted on 25 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Jan. 25, 2016 - "More than 270 organizations sent a letter to President Obama this morning asking his administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a form of temporary immigration relief, to undocumented immigrants from El Salvador... Read More

Violence, Poverty Push Central American Refugees to U.S.
Posted on 11 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After six years of steep declines across the Southwest, illegal crossings have soared in South Texas while remaining low elsewhere. The Border Patrol made more than 90,700 apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley in the past six months, a 69 percent... Read More

Unaccompanied Minors Crisis Has Receded from Headlines But Major Issues Remain
Posted on 3 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Central American flows have returned, at least for now, to their precrisis level, reducing the white-hot political and media focus. Underlying questions and challenges remain, however, concerning the fate of tens of thousands of newly arrived... Read More