Immigration Law

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IJ Asylum Grant: Guatemala, Gender
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Former IJ Jeffrey S. Chase writes: "[ Here ] is a recent (May 20) grant of asylum by IJ Steve Morley in Philadelphia, who, you may remember, was the IJ who was targeted and had cases taken off his docket for refusing to order a minor respondent removed... Read More

The Facts Behind the Guatemalan Exodus
Posted on 13 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roger Cohen, New York Times, May 10, 2019 "... Pablo told me about the hunger and fear on the weeklong road to the border. Meager rice and beans offered once a day. Being herded this way and that by coyotes — the smugglers he’d paid... Read More

Trump Tipped His Undocumented Golf Club Housekeeper in Cash
Posted on 6 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Dec. 6, 2018 - "During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf... Read More

Unpub. BIA Guatemalan Asylum Victory (Dec. 27, 2017)
Posted on 16 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Camiel Becker writes: " I am writing to share a recent BIA win by Becker & Lee LLP attorney Melissa Phatharanavik . The case involves a Guatemalan man who was granted withholding of removal due to police corruption in Guatemala. An Immigration... Read More

News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 18 Feb 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

DHS Receives Three-Month Extension on OPT Ruling On January 23, 2016, a federal district judge extended by three months the deadline for the Department of Homeland Security to promulgate a replacement regulation authorizing an extension of the maximum... Read More

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 4 May 2016 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

EB-4 Visa Limit Reached for Special Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras A final action date of January 1, 2010 has been set for special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and is reflected in the State Department’s... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live
Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by State Net

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide... Read More

Guilty Plea in Ohio Egg Farm Slavery Case
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two defendants plead guilty to forced labor scheme that exploited Guatemalan migrants at egg farms "A leader of a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to charges that he lured Guatemalan minors and adults into the United... Read More

CA3 Orders ICE to Find and Return Deported Mother and Daughter from Guatemala
Posted on 20 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Court of Appeals judge has ordered* U.S. officials to intercept a mother and her 12-year-old daughter on plane Friday being deported to Guatemala and immediately return them to the United States. The 34-year-old mother, Ana, and her daughter... 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

Guatemalan Immigrants 'Soft Targets' in New Bedford, Mass. Crime Wave
Posted on 9 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Several years ago, in the city of New Bedford, community volunteers started noticing that members of the city’s newest immigrant group were being attacked. The victims were Mayan Guatemalans, violently assaulted and often robbed by hooded... Read More

DHS: Deportation of Border Crossers a Priority 'Regardless of Age'
Posted on 13 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In an attempt to stem a crush of Central American children illegally crossing the United States alone into south Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Thursday that he was in contact with ambassadors in Latin America to discuss... Read More

DOS/DHS: In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras With Parents Lawfully Present in the United States
Posted on 15 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE and U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY The United States is establishing an in-country refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous... Read More