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CA9 on El Salvador, Mara-18, Unable/Unwilling to Control: J.R. v. Barr
Posted on 11 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

J.R. v. Barr "[W]e hold that substantial evidence does not support the BIA’s conclusion that the El Salvadoran government was both able and willing to control the Mara-18 gang whose members attacked JR and killed his son. ... Petition for... Read More

CA3 on Asylum, Social Group, El Salvador: Guzman Orellana v. Barr
Posted on 17 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Guzman Orellana v. Barr "We must now decide three issues: (1) whether persons who publicly provide assistance to law enforcement against major Salvadoran gangs constitute a cognizable particular social group for purposes of asylum and withholding... Read More

Senators Question Agreements Used by the Trump Administration to Expel Asylum Seekers to Northern Triangle Countries
Posted on 7 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Feb. 6, 2020 "Warren, Menendez Lead Senators Questioning Agreements Used by the Trump Administration to Expel Asylum Seekers to Northern Triangle Countries Touted in the State of the Union Address, the Trump Administration's... Read More

Deported to Danger
Posted on 5 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Deported to Danger: United States Deportation Policies Expose Salvadorans to Death and Abuse - Human Rights Watch, Feb. 5, 2020 "The US government has deported people to face abuse and even death in El Salvador. The US is not solely responsible—Salvadoran... Read More

CA2 on Political Opinion: Hernandez-Chacon v. Barr
Posted on 24 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hernandez-Chacon v. Barr "Petitioner contends that she is entitled to asylum because if she is returned to El Salvador, she will be persecuted on account of her membership in a particular social group ‐‐ Salvadoran women who have resisted the sexual... Read More

CA3 on Agg. Fel., CAT, El Salvador: Quinteros v. Atty. Gen.
Posted on 17 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Quinteros v. Atty. Gen. "The Board of Immigration Appeals found that Nelson Quinteros committed an aggravated felony and failed to show entitlement to relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Quinteros argues that the Board committed... Read More

Asylum Rule Effective Today (Nov. 19, 2019)
Posted on 19 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 223 / Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Implementing Bilateral and Multilateral Asylum Cooperative Agreements Under the Immigration and Nationality Act AGENCY: Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice;... Read More

TPS Extended for El Salvador
Posted on 4 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 28, 2019 "Today, at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters in Washington, D.C., Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan, El Salvador Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill, and Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship... Read More

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

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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