Immigration Law

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Dallas IJ Sims Booted from Juvie Immigration Court Docket
Posted on 24 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Dallas immigration judge known for tough enforcement is no longer handling cases involving minors. Michael Baird has replaced Deitrich Sims in overseeing the juvenile docket in North Texas. Local immigration attorneys said the change could reduce... Read More

Practice Alert for Dallas Immigration Court Practitioners
Posted on 20 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dallas Immigration Judge Deitrich Sims, despite repeated reversals by the Board of Immigration Appeals, continues to deny various joint and unopposed motions. We previously reported on his denial of joint and unopposed motions to change venue. See: http... Read More

OSC Settles I-9 Discrimination Case for $115K
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Potter Concrete , a company based in Dallas , resolving claims that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of document abuse in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).... Read More

Dallas Fed Report Offers Comprehensive View of Texas Immigration
Posted on 5 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"While Texas benefits from having a large, diversified immigrant population, the state faces several challenges to ensure its continued economic advancement, according to a special report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In “ Gone... Read More

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez over Immigration Holds, Bonds
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Oct. 27, 2015 - "A federal civil rights suit was filed yesterday by 16 plaintiffs against Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez over bonds and the use of immigration holds requested by U.S. Immigration and... Read More

Refugee Children Face Test in Dallas Immigration Court
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The unaccompanied minors in the Dallas courtroom are all from Central America — El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras — where violence, poverty and false beliefs that U.S. authorities treat minors leniently have fueled the crisis at the... Read More

Did Media Coverage Help Get a Dallas Immigration Judge Reassigned?
Posted on 13 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The day the little girls in pink saw their cases dismissed, at the insistence of ICE and over Sims' clear frustration, most of the kids got what they asked for. In fact, after that long morning of hearings, a few lawyers mentioned how smoothly... Read More

Dallas Volunteers Assist Central American Asylum Applicants
Posted on 24 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Once a month, lawyers, translators, schoolteachers and other volunteers gather at a free legal clinic at Catholic Charities in northeast Dallas. They listen to horrific stories from children who crossed the Texas border in unprecedented numbers... Read More

City of Dallas to Join Fight Against Texas Immigration Law (SB 4)
Posted on 8 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune, June 7, 2017 - "The city of Dallas is entering into the battle to stop the state’s immigration law, Senate Bill 4, from going into effect. "The bill is unconstitutional and would infringe upon the city's... Read More

Tags: sb 4 , lawsuit , Dallas , Texas

Is DACA Illegal? A Dallas Court Says, 'Maybe' (UPDATED)
Posted on 24 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A court challenge by federal immigration agents seeking to block President Barack Obama’s deferred-deportation initiative will probably succeed, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Dallas today put off his own decision... Read More

Dallas Property Management Firm Flubs I-9s, Pays $20K Fine and Back Wages
Posted on 12 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department today reached an agreement with Milestone Management Company, a nationwide residential property management firm headquartered in Dallas, resolving claims that the staffing company violated the anti-discrimination provision... Read More

Asylum Requests From Mexico Triple, But Chances Aren't Good
Posted on 30 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Bety, who asked for anonymity, is one of thousands of Mexicans displaced by Mexico’s drug-related violence. Enough Mexicans are now fleeing that they’ve become the second-largest nationality, after the Chinese, to seek U.S. asylum, according... Read More

Tags: Mexico , Dallas , Solis , asylum

Persecuted Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens in Dallas Ceremony
Posted on 21 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A citizenship ceremony in the federal courthouse in Dallas on Thursday paid special homage to the “most vulnerable” newcomers to the United States — those granted asylum from persecution back in their native lands. Among... Read More

Maricopa County, once a deportation powerhouse, reverses course over Dallas County lawsuit
Posted on 29 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Naomi Martin, Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 20, 2017 - "A lawsuit filed by immigrants against Dallas County has prompted an about-face in Maricopa County, once known as a deportation powerhouse under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio's... Read More

Former ICE Chief Says Trump's Immigration Policies Will Hit More People, Harder
Posted on 13 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 12, 2017 - "The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a sweeping executive order signed by President Donald Trump that allows any unauthorized immigrant to be deported for even being... Read More