Immigration Law

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Rep. Pressley Demands Answers on Immigration Court Scheduling Orders Targeting Immigrant Children and Unaccompanied Minors
Posted on 9 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Dec. 8, 2020 "“It seems the Immigration Court could be ordering children removed from the United States for failure to comply with orders that are unjustifiable and, in many cases, inapplicable to the... Read More

NYC Immigration Court Erodes Protections for Kids Without Lawyers
Posted on 17 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Brand, CityLimits, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Over the past few months, finding legal representation has become even more challenging for immigrant children in New York City because Manhattan’s federal immigration court has eroded several of the... Read More

DOJ Judge: 3-Year-Olds Can Represent Themselves in Immigration Court
Posted on 4 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jerry Markon, Washington Post, Mar. 4, 2016 - "A senior Justice Department official is arguing that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court, staking out an unconventional position in a growing debate... Read More

Groups Sue Feds Over Failure to Provide Lawyers for Kids in Immigration Court
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the... Read More

TRAC: Legal Representation Makes 14X Difference in 'Women with Children' Immigration Court Cases
Posted on 17 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Results continue to show that the single most important factor in determining outcome is whether or not these individuals are represented in their court proceedings. For cases concluded thus far, the odds of being allowed to remain in this country... Read More

Advocates Call for Court-Appointed Attorneys for Immigrant Children and Teens
Posted on 28 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Two immigrant advocacy groups recommended this morning that minors in immigration court be appointed government attorneys and that asylum regulations be liberalized to cover the special needs of migrant minors who come into the U.S. unlawfully without... Read More

Criticism arises after children are rushed to see immigration judges
Posted on 30 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended at the border are being placed first in line to go before U.S. immigration judges under a new federal policy, prompting criticism from attorneys who say some immigrants have been given less than 48 hours... Read More

Three Kids in Immigration Court
Posted on 8 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Fusion attended one such court proceeding last week in Arlington, Va., to get an idea how children are being treated by the system— and whether they’re even showing up for their hearings. Of 15 cases on the judge’s docket that... Read More

A Child, an Immigration Hearing, and a Doctor's Testimony
Posted on 12 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In New York and Los Angeles, partnerships between pediatricians, psychologists, and legal clinics help unaccompanied minors prepare for the courtroom." - Jenny Gold, The Atlantic, Dec. 8, 2014 . Read More

Child Migrants, Alone in Court
Posted on 11 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In a nation that prides itself on the fact that everyone accused of a crime — murderers, rapists — has the right to a lawyer, undocumented immigrants, even when they are unaccompanied children, are not entitled to a public defender.... Read More

Kids Seen More Often in Immigration Court
Posted on 21 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In a Dallas federal immigration courtroom, children as young as 12 are increasingly taking center stage. They are part of a troubling rise in unaccompanied minors charged with coming into Texas illegally — boys and girls in search of... Read More

It’s Children Against Federal Lawyers in Immigration Court
Posted on 22 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Fernanda Santos, New York Times, Aug. 21, 2016 - "Every week in immigration courts around the country, thousands of children act as their own lawyers, pleading for asylum or other type of relief in a legal system they do not understand. Suspected... Read More

As Child Immigrants Await Fate, a Race for Counsel
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Inside a courthouse in downtown Manhattan, an immigration court crisis plays out in vivid scenes. Dozens of attorneys race between windowless courtrooms. Families listen as immigration law is explained to them in a foreign language through an interpreter... Read More

EOIR: Put Kids At Top Of Immigration Court Docket
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As part of the administration’s efforts to deter the current surge of illegal Central American migrants, the nation’s immigration courts will make a major shift in priorities to place unaccompanied minors and families with children first... Read More