Immigration Law

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FOIA Victory in D.C. - American Immigration Council v. ICE
Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Plaintiff American Immigration Council brought this action under the Freedom of Information Act seeking records on immigrants' access to legal counsel during their interactions with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities. Defendant... Read More

DHS Still Stalling on Access to Counsel FOIA Response: AIC v. DHS
Posted on 13 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This dispute started with a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Immigration Council, an immigration law and policy group, seeking information about individuals’ access to counsel during their interactions with Immigration and... Read More

FOIA Suits Seeking DHS Access to Counsel Records
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council v. DHS and USCIS , No. 1:11-cv-01971 (D.D.C. filed Nov. 8, 2011) and American Immigration Council v. DHS and CBP , No. 1:11-cv-01972 (D.D.C. filed Nov. 8, 2011) "The LAC filed two lawsuits against DHS to compel the... Read More

New FOIA Lawsuit: AIC v. DHS & ICE (access to counsel)
Posted on 7 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"ICE’s policies and guidance on access to counsel are difficult to ascertain. As a result, they are a source of great confusion for immigration lawyers, their clients, and the general public. To clarify these policies, the American Immigration... Read More

$82K in Attorney's Fees Awarded to AIC in FOIA Lawsuit: AIC v. DHS
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday awarded the American Immigration Council about $80,000 in attorneys’ fees after it prevailed in its bid to get the Department of Homeland Security to turn over information about noncitizens' access to counsel... Read More

CBP Restrictions on Access to Counsel: American Immigration Council
Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Over the last several years, AILA members have consistently reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers routinely stymie their efforts to provide legal representation to clients during CBP encounters, often without a clear explanation... Read More