Immigration Law

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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

Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... 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

Babies Behind Bars: Child Abuse Now Government Policy Under Trump, Sessions, Nielsen
Posted on 20 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Steve Turnham, ABC News, June 18, 2018 - "There’s a vivid term mental health experts use to describe the destruction of the love of life in another human being, especially in a child: It's called “soul murder.” It can happen... Read More

What the Bible Really Says About Immigration Policy
Posted on 15 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Their feelings hurt because many religious denominations and leaders (Franklin Graham!) have denounced family separations at the border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders are pushing back , citing... Read More

Migrant Child Prisoners Clean Toilets, Can't Hug Siblings
Posted on 15 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dan Barry, Miriam Jordan, Annie Correal and Manny Fernandez, New York Times, July 15, 2018 - "Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case. Lights... Read More

Court Enjoins ORR Policy Prolonging Detention of Immigrant Children: L.V.M. v. Lloyd
Posted on 28 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYCLU, June 27, 2018 - "A federal judge today granted a preliminary injunction ending a policy of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) requiring Trump-apointed director Scott Lloyd to personally review and approve the release of any detained... Read More

Trump's DHS Ends Parole Program for Central American Refugee Kids
Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 157 / Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publishing this notice to notify the public that it will no longer provide special consideration of parole for certain individuals denied... Read More

Trump, Sessions Prosecute Refugee Parents, Remove Refugee Babies
Posted on 28 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Nov. 25, 2017 - "Patricia Mejia gathered her three young children and made the arduous journey through Mexico to the U.S. border to escape El Salvador's often deadly violence. When Border Patrol agents found... Read More

Class Action Challenges Trump, Sessions Attack on Refugee Children
Posted on 21 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYCLU, Feb. 20, 2018 - "The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced a class action lawsuit against the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for trapping immigrant children in prolonged detention. Though the agency is obligated to promptly... Read More

Saving Child Migrants While Saving Ourselves - Hon. Paul Wickham Schmidt (Ret.)
Posted on 18 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul Wickham Schmidt, Oct. 12, 2016 - "They cross deserts, rivers, and territories controlled by corrupt governments, violent gangs, and drug cartels. They pass through borders, foreign countries, different languages and dialects, and changing cultures... Read More

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers
Posted on 15 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous... Read More

Texas Mulls Licensure of Immigration Jails for Refugee Kids, Moms
Posted on 31 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 29, 2016 - "The speakers trekked to the podium one after another, simultaneously lambasting and pleading with a panel of child protection officials weighing the fate of thousands of immigrant mothers and... Read More

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill
Posted on 21 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid... Read More

Ninth Circuit Panel Urges Feds to Work with Lawyers for Refugee Kids
Posted on 9 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Rogers, Politico, July 7, 2016 - "Unhappy with the choices before them, a three-judge federal appeals court panel urged the Justice Department and migrant-rights lawyers to work together more to try to reach some resolution on the question... Read More