Immigration Law

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Denver Sanctuary Mom Among Time's 100 Most Influential People
Posted on 20 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CNN, Apr. 20, 2017 - "Jeanette Vizguerra, an undocumented mother of four who has been living in a Denver church since February, has been named one of 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Vizguerra took refuge at the First Unitarian... Read More

Denver's Local Law Change Benefits Immigrants
Posted on 24 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, May 24, 2017 - "As the Trump administration’s war on “sanctuary cities” heats up, cities have come up with increasingly creative ways to fight back. The latest example comes from Denver, which... Read More

16% of Denver immigration court cases to be offered prosecutorial discretion
Posted on 20 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DENVER — "A review ordered by the Obama administration of virtually all 7,900 deportation cases before the immigration court here has identified about 1,300 foreigners — 16 percent — who pose no security risk and will be allowed... Read More

DHS Cowed, Settles Denver Immigration Court Access Lawsuit
Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Federal Protective Service has a heavy responsibility. Their mission is to keep federal properties safe and secure for employees, officials and visitors, alike. One such property is the newly renovated Byron G. Rodgers Federal Building in downtown... Read More

Denver Joins Growing List of Colorado Counties Rejecting ICE Holds
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Denver will no longer hold inmates for federal immigration authorities solely on the basis of immigration status, Sheriff Gary Wilson said Wednesday. The move to refuse federal immigration holds follows federal court rulings in other states that... Read More

Denver Mayor Signs Immigration Ordinance: "We do not do the work of ICE."
Posted on 1 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Murray, Denver Post, Aug. 31, 2017 - "Denver’s new immigration measures aim to resist federal enforcement in several ways, but Denver Police Chief Robert White summarized them bluntly at signing ceremony Thursday. “We do not do... Read More

Denver Woman Denied Stay by ICE, Takes Sanctuary in Church
Posted on 15 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Erica Melzer, Denverite, Feb. 15, 2017 - "Jeanette Vizguerra, an undocumented immigrant who has been living in the Denver area for nearly two decades, was denied her stay from deportation from the United States Wednesday morning because she did not... Read More

Denver Lawyers Sue for Immigration Court Access
Posted on 17 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, DHS agents (the Federal Protective Service) denied entry to the federal building in Denver housing the Immigration Court unless attorneys and their clients showed government-issued ID and submitted to an NCIC (National Crime... Read More

Slave Labor Suit Against GEO Advances in Denver: Menocal v. Geo Group
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Law360, July 8, 2015 - " A federal judge has ruled the owner of a private detention center in Colorado must face a potential class action alleging it violated federal law by forcing immigrant detainees to work for little or no pay. U.S. District... Read More

Prosecutorial review puts immigration cases in holding pattern, infuses a sense of hope
Posted on 21 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Until recently, Lizeth Amateco had never heard the term "prosecutorial discretion." Now, her future depends on it." - Denver Post, Dec. 21, 2011 . Read More

Denver Paving Company Forfeits $185K in Criminal Immigration Case
Posted on 1 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Denver-based paving corporation was sentenced Tuesday to pay nearly $185,000 in forfeiture of criminal proceeds for its criminal practice of hiring illegal aliens. The forfeited money will go to the Department of Transportation federal highway... Read More

Denver Judges Will Hear Immigration Cases From New Mexico
Posted on 16 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration judges in Denver will hear hundreds of cases via closed-circuit TV, the federal government has determined. Judges will review the cases of approximately 600 women and children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who are being held... Read More

Trump Immigration Raids Enable Domestic Abusers in Denver
Posted on 16 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, Mar. 8, 2017 - "Since Donald Trump assumed the presidency, undocumented immigrants across the United States have been thrown into a state of distress and uncertainty. Five days after taking office, Trump signed an executive... Read More

Unanimous Denver City Council Passes Ordinance Protecting Immigrants
Posted on 30 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Murray, Denver Post, Aug. 29, 2017 - "An elevated immigration policy stance approved Monday night by the Denver City Council boils down easily: Don’t ask about anyone’s status, don’t share it and don’t help federal authorities... Read More

Immigration Judge Hears Bond Pleas By Video, 1,700 Miles Away
Posted on 12 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration Judge Quynh Bain keeps having to interrupt the witness to ask her to slow down her account of the night that some Mara-18 gang members ran her off the road in her hometown in El Salvador. “Please remember,’’ the judge... Read More