Immigration Law

Recent Posts

DHS Statement on Jailing Refugee Moms, Kids
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"ICE Director Saldaña and I understand the sensitive and unique nature of detaining families, and we are committed to continually evaluating it. We have concluded that we must make substantial changes to our detention practices when it comes... Read More

Dallas Volunteers Assist Central American Asylum Applicants
Posted on 24 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Once a month, lawyers, translators, schoolteachers and other volunteers gather at a free legal clinic at Catholic Charities in northeast Dallas. They listen to horrific stories from children who crossed the Texas border in unprecedented numbers... Read More

USCIS: Relief for Nationals from Central America Stranded in the U.S. Due to Extreme Flooding
Posted on 1 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Extreme flooding occurring in Central America has led U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reminding everyone of immigration benefits available upon request to eligible nationals from countries in that region. USCIS understands that... Read More

Against Their Will, Refugees Flee Central America
Posted on 12 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kirk Semple, New York Times, Nov. 12, 2016 - "[Interviews with migrants and their advocates suggest that families are fleeing — sometimes in groups of as many as 15 people — because they have no alternative. Gangs in certain communities... Read More

Nazario: 'We Would Be Their Executioner' By Deporting Kids
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

A Pulitzer Prize winning author who followed the treacherous trip of a young Honduran boy to the United States said many of the children crossing the border today are refugees and should be treated as such. Sonia Nazario, who won the Pulitzer for a 2002... Read More

Unaccompanied Migrant Children from Central America: Context, Causes, and Responses
Posted on 8 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This paper offers a comprehensive orientation to the recent surge in migration to the United States by unaccompanied children and families from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. To inform advocates... Read More

Childhood and Migration in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices and Challenges
Posted on 13 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Migration affects millions of children and adolescents worldwide. Over the past decade, international bodies and agencies, governments, and civil society groups have increasingly engaged in dialogue on children and adolescents affected by migration—either... Read More

The New Border: Illegal Immigration's Shifting Frontier
Posted on 7 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Profound shifts in economics, demographics and crime are transforming immigration patterns and causing upheaval in Central and North America. After decades in which Mexicans dominated illegal immigration to the United States, the overall number... Read More

Domestic, Sexual Violence Fuel Exodus from Central America
Posted on 2 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Pamela Constable, Washington Post, Jan. 31, 2016 - "One woman described being raped, strangled and bashed against a wall by the father of her twin boys. Two teenagers said they were forced to become sex slaves for gang members. A young mother was... Read More

MPI Webinar Tuesday, Mar. 31st - Child and Family Migration to the United States: Continuing Flows and Evolving Responses
Posted on 30 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 1:30 P.M. EDT / 12:30 P.M. CDT / 11:30 A.M. MDT / 10:30 A.M. PDT "The number of Central American unaccompanied children and family units arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has surged in recent years, reaching... Read More

Back to the Dark Ages? Obama's Hard Line on Refugees
Posted on 8 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"While we applaud the recent news that the Obama plan to allow 4,000 young children from Central American countries to apply for refugee status in the United States (NYT, September 30, 2014), we remain concerned that the administration's hardline... Read More

Tech Power Couple Gives $500K to Help Refugee Kids, Moms
Posted on 30 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Tech entrepreneur Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have donated $500,000 to support Central American children who have flocked to the U.S. in recent months, one of the largest known financial commitments by an individual to address impacts of the... Read More

Why Central American Asylum-Seekers Are Avoiding the Charlotte Immigration Court
Posted on 31 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project, July 30, 2017 - "Migrants running from gangs do not easily fit into the classic categories for asylum, which offers protection to people fearing persecution based on race, religion, nationality or politics. Yet... Read More

Violence the 'Overwhelming Factor' Pushing Kids Out of Central America: Bishop Mark Seitz
Posted on 26 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mr. Chairman, the ongoing generalized violence, leading to coercion and threats to the lives of citizens—particularly children—of these countries, is the overwhelming factor facing these children and propelling their migration. Extortion... Read More

Editorial: Compassion should be the first principle in immigration efforts
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With Congress unwilling to help, President Barack Obama is exploring his legal options for fixing immigration problems by executive order. In the meantime, he should use the power he already has to stop undocumented immigrants from too-hasty deportations... Read More