Immigration Law

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Immigration Officials Use Secretive Gang Databases to Deny Migrant Asylum Claims
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque, ProPublica, July 8, 2019 "With scant public notice, federal immigration officials are relying on databases run by foreign police and militaries to check whether migrants crossing the United States border have gang affiliations... Read More

CA4 on Asylum, El Salvador, Evidence: Orellana v. Barr
Posted on 23 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Orellana v. Barr "Ruth Jeanette Orellana, a native and citizen of El Salvador, petitions for review of the final order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) denying her all relief from deportation. The BIA upheld the finding of... Read More

TPS Extensions per Ramos v. Nielsen Injunction
Posted on 1 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 41 / Friday, March 1, 2019 "Through this notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces actions to ensure its continued compliance with the preliminary injunction order of the U.S. District Court for... Read More

Preliminary Injunction Halts Trump Push to End TPS for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan: Ramos v. Nielsen
Posted on 4 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Oct. 3, 2018 - "Today, a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration’s termination of legal status for beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti,... Read More

El Salvador TPS: Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension
Posted on 4 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 31, 2018 - "USCIS is automatically extending the validity of certain EADs issued under TPS El Salvador through March 4, 2019. If you are a TPS beneficiary under the El Salvador designation and your EAD is based on your TPS, your EAD... Read More

Tags: tps , El Salvador

CA9 on Asylum, Withholding, CAT, El Salvador, FMLN, Mara Salvatrucha: Quiroz Parada v. Sessions
Posted on 30 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Quiroz Parada v. Sessions - "Moris Alfredo Quiroz Parada fled his native El Salvador in 1991 at the age of seventeen after he and his family were the victims of threats, home invasions, beatings, and killings at the hands of Frente Farabundo Martí... Read More

ICE Removes (Deports) Vides Casanova, Former Salvadoran Defense Minister
Posted on 8 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A former minister of defense of El Salvador was removed from the United States by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Wednesday, after the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA... Read More

No Childhood Here: Why Central American Children are Fleeing Their Homes
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"What drives these children to flee their homes? What causes their parents to put them and their life’s savings in the hands of smugglers? What happens if they fail to reach the U.S.? Since October 2013, with funding from a Fulbright Fellowship... Read More

Former Salvadoran Defense Minister Ordered Deported for Responsibility for Torture, Extrajudicial Killings: Matter of Vides Casanova
Posted on 12 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Official Headnote: "The respondent is removable under section 237(a)(4)(D) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(4)(D) (2012), where the totality of the record supported the conclusion that, through his “command responsibility”... Read More

BIA Upholds Decision to Remove Former Salvadoran Minister of Defense from the U.S.
Posted on 18 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CJA, Dec. 15, 2015 - " On December 15, 2015, the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals upheld and finalized the removal order of former Salvadoran Minister of Defense General José Guillermo García. The decision affirmed the extensive findings... Read More

TPS Extended for El Salvador (July 8, 2016)
Posted on 8 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2016 - "Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected... Read More

A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis: Sonia Nazario
Posted on 12 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"To permanently stem this flow of children, we must address the complex root causes of violence in Honduras, as well as the demand for illegal drugs in the United States that is fueling that violence. In the meantime, however, we must recognize this... Read More

Hague Convention Victory for UH Law Center Immigration Clinic: Peralta v. Garay
Posted on 24 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman writes: "I wanted to share this recent decision dated 1/12/2018 involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction from the Southern District of Texas. Congrats to our clinic students, Saif... Read More

Termination of TPS for Haiti, El Salvador: Official Federal Register Notices (Jan. 18, 2018)
Posted on 18 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Termination of the Designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status - "The designation of Haiti for TPS is terminated effective at 11:59 p.m., local time, on July 22, 2019. The 60-day re-registration period runs from January 18, 2018 through March... Read More

Advance Copies of TPS Terminations for El Salvador, Haiti
Posted on 17 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

El Salvador - "The designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is set to expire on March 9, 2018. After reviewing country conditions and consulting with appropriate U.S. Government agencies, the Secretary of Homeland Security... Read More