Immigration Law

Recent Posts

TVPRA Victory - Ramirez v. ICE
Posted on 3 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, July 2, 2020 "A federal court has ruled that the failure of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to consider less restrictive settings before transferring unaccompanied immigrant youth to ICE detention on their 18th birthdays... Read More

Judge Orders ICE To Free Detained Immigrant Children Because Of COVID-19
Posted on 29 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Vanessa Romo, NPR, June 26, 2020 "Citing the unrelenting spread of the coronavirus, a federal judge has ordered that all children currently held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for more than 20 days must be released by July... Read More

Lawsuit: CARES Act Discriminates Against Immigrants by Excluding U.S. Citizen Children of Immigrant Parents from Emergency Cash Assistance
Posted on 6 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICAP, May 5, 2020 "Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) and Villanova Law Professor Leslie Book today filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland challenging the intentional... Read More

MALDEF OK'd to Intervene in TX Baby Jail Litigation
Posted on 18 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Apr. 18, 2020 "A federal court on Friday allowed two San Antonio residents, who are seeking to block a for-profit company from opening a controversial detention center for migrant children, to intervene in a lawsuit. In February, MALDEF... Read More

Legal Scholars & UN Experts: Flores Regulations Violate International Law
Posted on 30 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cornell Law Prof. Ian M. Kysel writes: "As the amicus briefs in the 9th circuit appeal in Flores rolled in, I wanted to flag one in particular on which I am co-counsel: an amicus brief by more than 125 legal scholars and non-governmental organizations... Read More

New Book - Baby Jails: The Fight to End Incarceration of Refugee Children
Posted on 13 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

University of California Press "Baby Jails: The Fight to End the Incarceration of Refugee Children in America, by Philip G. Schrag About the Book “I worked in a trailer that ICE had set aside for conversations between the women and the... Read More

Private Sector Seeks to Profit by Detaining Migrant Kids
Posted on 4 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2019 "[A] joint investigation by The Associated Press and FRONTLINE has found that the Trump administration has started shifting some of the caretaking of migrant children toward the private... Read More

Government Report: Separated Kids Traumatized
Posted on 6 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Coleen Long, Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Associated Press, Sept. 4, 2019 "Children separated during the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance policy” last year, many already distressed in their home countries or by their journey... Read More

Expert: Courts 'Will Probably' Block Flores Final Rule
Posted on 22 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brian Naylor, NPR, Aug. 21, 2019 "The Trump administration has announced it is ending a federal court agreement that limits how long migrant families with children can be detained. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan outlined the... Read More

Detained Children Must Have Adequate Food, Hygiene Items: Court
Posted on 16 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15, 2019 "In a case that dramatized the plight of children detained at the border, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order requiring immigration authorities to provide minors with adequate food, water... Read More

New Online Platform Connects Volunteer Lawyers with Children Facing Deportation
Posted on 25 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, July 25, 2019 "A new online platform operated by the American Bar Association and developed by a Florida technology company will match volunteer lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation in several states. The website – Pro... 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

Lawsuit Against DHS Says New Asylum Policy Violates Child Immigrants' Rights
Posted on 8 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, July 8, 2019 "Four young asylum seekers are suing the Department of Homeland Security saying that a new policy unlawfully limits their ability to seek asylum. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland, the asylum applicants... 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