Immigration Law

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A Q&A with Carlos Spector, El Paso Immigration Attorney and Human Rights Defender
Posted on 9 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque, The Border Chronicle, Nov. 9, 2021 "For more than 30 years, Carlos Spector has worked as a human rights defender and immigration attorney in El Paso, Texas, where he specializes in Mexican asylum cases. For years, Mexicans fleeing... Read More

Government Watchdog Report Says Texas Border Facility Was So Overcrowded That Detainees Stood on Toilets to 'Gain Breathing Space'
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Abby Vesoulis, Time Magazine, May 31, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found an El Paso Border Patrol processing center was so overcrowded that detainees were wearing “soiled clothing for... Read More

Posted on 3 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC and AILA, Apr. 3, 2019 "The American Immigration Council (“Council”) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) jointly file this complaint on behalf of immigration practitioners and their detained clients... Read More

A Culture of No
Posted on 10 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Justine van der Leun, VQR, October 2018 - "The fate of people seeking asylum in the United States is determined not just by the legitimacy of their claims, but by where they land. This is the story of how one immigration court in Texas has shut the... Read More

Where Family Separation Began: A Case in El Paso Shows Flores is the Solution, Not the Problem
Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katherine Hawkins, Just Security, June 22, 2018 - " ... The Trump administration has denounced Flores as a “loophole,” and demanded that Congress override it so that it can start detaining families for longer periods of time. The executive... Read More

Colorado Sheriff Faces ACLU Class Action Over Immigrant Detention
Posted on 28 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amanda Pampuro, Courthouse News, Feb. 27, 2018 - "The ACLU accused a Colorado sheriff of breaking state law Tuesday by wrongfully detaining released persons for ICE. At the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, El Paso County Sheriff... Read More

DHS Waives Laws to Build Roads, Barriers on Border Near El Paso
Posted on 22 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious... Read More

Unpub. BIA Bond Victory; El Salvador; Asylum; El Paso; Virginia
Posted on 5 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On appeal, the respondent argues that the Immigration Judge erred in concluding that she was an extreme flight risk and that no amount of bond would reasonably assure her appearance at future immigration proceedings. The appeal will be sustained... Read More

Sua Sponte Reopening Victory in DV Case; Venue Change
Posted on 9 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In her motion to reopen, the respondent has provided evidence that she suffered physical, mental, and sexual abuse in EI Salvador at the hands of family members when she was very young, and similar abuse later in her life at the hands of a man she... Read More

Texas Rancher Threatens to 'Get Kinda Western' on DHS over Border Fence
Posted on 3 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The 18-foot-high border fence intended to seal the U.S.-Mexican border from San Diego to Brownsville will soon close a half-mile gap just west of Downtown El Paso. The new section will run right through the spot where many historians believe Spanish... Read More

Tags: johns , El Paso , fence , border , Texas

A Prison By Any Other Name
Posted on 29 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The one-week program on the enforcement of immigration law at the border (hosted by Hofstra Law School and is taught at the University of Texas in El Paso) ended this past Saturday, May 25. I didn't have the chance to blog about the last two... Read More

Border Wedding Ceremony Highlights Immigration Battle
Posted on 29 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The inches Maricruz Valtierra Zuniga stood from the United States border on Tuesday morning could be as close as the new bride ever gets to this country. In a wedding ceremony atop the international bridge, witnessed by family members, a U.S. congressman... Read More

Federal immigration agency turns to El Paso migrants' shelter for help
Posted on 15 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Necessity often results in unexpected relationships, and that's one way to describe the connection between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Annunciation House in El Paso, a shelter for undocumented immigrants. Ruben Garcia... Read More

El Paso Businesswoman Opens Shelter for Central American Refugee Children
Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A successful El Paso businesswoman, moved by images of children sleeping one on top of the other on concrete floors in U.S. Customs and Border Protection holding cells, is trying to turn the former corrections facility into a home for immigrant... Read More

New Movie, 'El Paso,' Spotlights Asylum for Mexican Journalists
Posted on 13 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Center for Migration Studies, Jan. 12, 2015 - "The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) invites you to a special screening of ‘El Paso,’ – a new film from executive producer Roberto Garza and director Everardo Gonzalez... Read More