Immigration Law

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One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...
Posted on 15 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority... Read More

Former BIA Members and IJs Blast Refugee Detention Regime
Posted on 1 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a 4-page letter dated October 31, 2016 to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, twelve former BIA members and Immigration Judges made the case for due process for asylum applicants, and criticized the current detention regime. Read More

DHS Sec. Johnson to Congress: DACA Info Should Not Be Used for Enforcement (with exceptions) - Letter
Posted on 5 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson, Dec. 30, 2016 - "Dear Representative Chu: On behalf of the Administration, I write in response to the letter you and 110 other members of Congress sent the President on December 5. In your letter, you ask us "to do everything... Read More

U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone
Posted on 18 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young [unauthorized*] migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an... Read More

DHS: Deportation of Border Crossers a Priority 'Regardless of Age'
Posted on 13 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In an attempt to stem a crush of Central American children illegally crossing the United States alone into south Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Thursday that he was in contact with ambassadors in Latin America to discuss... Read More

DHS Weighs Deportation Curbs
Posted on 22 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations. The change, if adopted... Read More

Will Jeh Johnson Out-Perry Rick Perry?
Posted on 16 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas Governor Rick Perry sent the National Guard to the border. Now, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to merge CBP and ICE efforts along the border into a 'Southern Command' military-like structure. Read More

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DOJ Loses Border Turf Battle to DHS Over Profiling
Posted on 11 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder expressed disappointment Monday that the U.S. border is exempt from his new racial profiling ban, after the Department of Homeland Security rejected his plan as too risky. ... In a conference call with law enforcement... Read More

Maryland Gov. Seeks Answers From DHS on S-Comm
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday demanded that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security explain why federal officials are deporting a higher share of noncriminals from Maryland than from most other states under a controversial immigration program... Read More

White House Delays Deportation Policy Changes
Posted on 28 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress... Read More

Child Migrants: 5 Key Facts on Rights and Costs
Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Every year, an increasing number of children and teens are making a harrowing journey across borders into the U.S; and every year, an increasing number do so alone. These children present major problems for enforcement authorities, politicians,... Read More

Changes To Immigration Enforcement Potentially Coming ‘Pretty Soon’ - Jeh Johnson
Posted on 27 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Obama administration will announce “pretty soon” how it plans to remodel enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws and potentially “realign” deportation policies, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told... Read More

This Is Where the Government Houses the Tens of Thousands of Kids Who Get Caught Crossing the Border
Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has more than doubled since 2011, the Office of Refugee Resettlement—the part of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with caring for unaccompanied minors in... Read More