Immigration Law

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The Deported Americans
Posted on 5 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brooke Jarvis, California Sunday Magazine, Jan. 31, 2019 "More than 600,000 U.S.-born children of undocumented parents live in Mexico. What happens when you return to a country you’ve never known?" Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

Migrant Kids Behind Bars a 'Moral Disaster' - AP Report
Posted on 20 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Dec. 19, 2018 - "Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed... Read More

HHS OIG: Lack of Tornillo Staff FBI Background Checks, Low Number of Clinicians Pose 'Substantial Risks' to Detained Kids
Posted on 28 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Nov. 27, 2018 - "The memorandum was issued in response to two significant vulnerabilities identified by OIG during a site visit to the influx care facility in Tornillo, Texas (Tornillo), a grantee of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC... Read More

Tags: orr , HHS , tornillo , FBI , oig , Children

Child Detention Lawsuit Moves Forward
Posted on 21 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Legal Aid Justice Center, Nov. 16, 2018 - "Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied the U.S. government’s motion to dismiss Legal Aid Justice Center’s lawsuit on behalf of detained immigrant children... Read More

Schrag: Proposed Flores Regulation is Legally Invalid
Posted on 6 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Today, Nov. 6, 2018, is the last day to file comments on the Flores NPRM filed by DHS and HHS. So far, over 57,000 comments have been filed. Prof. Philip G. Schrag , co-director of the Center for Applied Legal Studies, the asylum law clinic at Georgetown... Read More

AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption
Posted on 10 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2018 - "Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Special Naturalization Provisions for Children (Sept. 26, 2018)
Posted on 1 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 26, 2018 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance to amend the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify certain special naturalization provisions for children." Read More

At Senate Hearing, Feds Double Down on 'Summer Camp' Baby Jails for Refugee Kids
Posted on 19 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, CNN, Sept. 18, 2018 - "A senior Trump administration official on Tuesday stood by his controversial comments comparing the detention centers for immigrant families to "summer camp," but declined to answer whether he'd send... Read More

On the Importance of Plyler v. Doe
Posted on 5 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, Sept. 10, 2018 - " Plyler v. Doe addressed questions that are central to ongoing debates about both education and immigration and that get to the heart of what schoolchildren and undocumented migrants have in common:... Read More

The Use of Coercion by U.S. DHS Officials Against Parents Who Were Forcibly Separated From Their Children
Posted on 24 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council and AILA | August 23, 2018 - "This complaint contains 13 pseudonymized case examples and original testimony from parents who were separated from their children that show a pervasive, illegal practice by DHS officials... Read More

TRO Granted to Central American Kids Seeking Asylum: M.M.M. v. Sessions
Posted on 20 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

M.M.M. v. Sessions - "Plaintiffs are migrant children who were forcibly separated from their parents shortly after crossing the United States-Mexico border. The children entered the United States with their parents at or between ports of entry and... Read More

Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention
Posted on 17 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ingrid Eagly, Esq., Steven Shafer, Esq. and Jana Whalley, Esq., American Immigration Council, August 16, 2018 - "The United States currently detains more protection-seeking families than any nation in the world. Since 2001, parents and their children... Read More

ICE Withheld Deported Parents’ Phone Numbers From Lawyers, ACLU Says
Posted on 14 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelina Chapin, Huffington Post, Aug. 9, 2018 - "The American Civil Liberties Union told HuffPost that the government finally handed over phone numbers this week for the more than 400 migrant parents who were separated from their children and... Read More

Tags: ACLU , Children , ICE , border

Fact Sheet on Family Separation for Asylum seekers - CLINIC
Posted on 10 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, Aug. 9, 2018 - "In April 2018, the Trump Administration began a “Zero Tolerance” policy that led to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) separating asylum-seeking parents from their children. This policy affected both families... Read More