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CA11 on DACA, Georgia: Estrada v. Becker
Posted on 7 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Estrada v. Becker "This case is about a Policy that the Georgia Board of Regents (“Regents”) set. The Policy requires Georgia’s three most selective colleges and universities to verify the “lawful presence” of all... Read More

Tags: daca , Georgia

'Dollar a Day' Forced Labor Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against CoreCivic
Posted on 18 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Project South, Apr. 17, 2018 - "A private prison company under contract with Stewart County to house individual’s detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is forcing detained immigrants at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin... Read More

ICE Detainee Sent to Solitary for Encouraging Protest of 'Voluntary' Low-Wage Labor
Posted on 13 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Spencer Woodman, The Intercept, Oct. 10, 2017 - "In June, officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia sentenced an immigrant detainee to a month in solitary confinement to punish him for encouraging... Read More

MALDEF Files Suit Against University System of Georgia for Barring Deferred Action Students Admission to Selective Universities
Posted on 2 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Sept. 2, 2016 - " Three students are suing the University System of Georgia because of policies that ban them from attending the state's top school because of their immigration classification. The lawsuit was filed today by MALDEF (Mexican... Read More

Ex-NBA Player, Others Want $45M EB-5 Suit Axed - Law360
Posted on 5 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Former NBA forward Theo Ratliff and various entertainment-related companies urged a Georgia federal judge on Friday to toss a $45 million lawsuit brought by a Georgia-based production studio alleging that it was pushed out of a lucrative funding... Read More

Food Fight in Georgia: Feds Warn State Not to Deny SNAP to Syrian Refugees
Posted on 1 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Nov. 18, 2015 the Ga. Dept. of Social Services issued this memo regarding assistance to Syrian refugees. On Nov. 25, 2015 the USDA responded with this letter instructing Georgia to obey federal law. [I thought the Civil War was supposed to have... Read More

Georgia Supreme Court on Padilla, Prejudice: State v. Martinez
Posted on 16 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Regardless of the prior erroneous advice from plea counsel, the trial court correctly informed Martinez of the immigration consequences of his guilty plea, and he has therefore failed to prove that he was prejudiced by counsel’s deficient... Read More

CA11 on Aggravated Felony: Ramos v. U.S. Attorney General
Posted on 19 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ronel Ramos was charged with removability for committing an “aggravated felony” within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(A)(iii) when he pled guilty to violating Georgia Code § 16-8-14, a statute that criminalizes shoplifting... Read More

Georgia Driver License Victory: Chavez v. Milkell
Posted on 29 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chavez v. Milkell, Apr. 19, 2016 - "Because the USCIS SAVE Verification Report indicates "( c)( 1 0)" classification for the Petitioner which means he has a pending application for adjustment of status to that of lawful permanent resident... Read More

Pleadings in Georgia DACA Tuition Lawsuit
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski


CA11 on Theft, Fraud, Consent...and Inconsistent BIA Rulings: Vassell v. U.S. Atty. Gen.
Posted on 13 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Vassell v. U.S. Attorney General, June 13, 2016 - "The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) ruled that Winsome Vassell is deportable because she pleaded guilty to “theft by taking” in violation of Georgia Code § 16-8-2. Mrs. Vassell... Read More

Freedom University's MELT ICE Project
Posted on 28 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Freedom University is proud to announce the launch of our emergency alert and response system: MELT ICE. The Mass Emergency Lookout Text for Immigration and Customs Enforcement is an Atlanta-based SMS beacon to protect undocumented students from... Read More

CA11 on standing, 287(g) - Garcia Albarran v. Morton (unpub.)
Posted on 20 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Corina Garcia Albarran, Maria Lourdes Segobiano-DeSoto, and Luis Magana appeal the dismissal of this action against John Morton, Greg Dozier, Tim Lee and Neil Warren for declaratory and injunctive relief. Plaintiffs sought to have certain agreements... Read More

Law Profs Weigh In on Georgia DACA Tuition Lawsuit
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In a nutshell, DACA recipients who can meet the durational requirement while in DACA status are clearly qualified to receive resident tuition status. It is not federal law that grants them this eligibility, but Georgia law and policy on their face... Read More

Georgia DACA Students Entitled to In-State Tuition Status: Rivera Hernandez v. Alford
Posted on 3 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Plaintiffs have established that they are entitled to mandamus relief as a matter of law. Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED and Defendants are hereby compelled to perform their duty in applying the federal definition of lawful... Read More

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