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NY IJ Asylum Victory; Guatemala; Feminist Political Opinion
Posted on 21 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michael Shannon writes: "I wanted to share a very good written decision from IJ Barbara Nelson , who granted asylum to my client based on her actual and imputed feminist political opinion under Hernandez-Chacon v. Barr . Now that the appeal period... Read More

CA9 on CAT, Guatemala: De Leon Lopez v. Garland
Posted on 21 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

De Leon Lopez v. Garland "Risvin Valdemar De Leon Lopez (“De Leon”), a native and citizen of Guatemala, petitions for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) decision dismissing his appeal of an Immigration Judge’s... Read More

CA4 on Nexus: Tomas-Ramos v. Garland
Posted on 2 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tomas-Ramos v. Garland "After Adan de Jesus Tomas-Ramos, a citizen and native of Guatemala, reentered the United States illegally in 2018, a removal order previously entered against him was reinstated. But because Tomas-Ramos expressed a fear of... Read More

Asylum Victory in Denver...4 Years After Hearing!
Posted on 22 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Claudia Brett Goldin reports: "I'm very happy to share [this] decision from IJ Trujillo granting our client asylum based on her membership in the PSG "indigenous Mayan Guatemalan women." Huge congratulations to Eric Pavri , who tried... Read More

CA4 on Guatemala, Nexus: Argueta Diaz de Gomez v. Wilkinson
Posted on 9 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Argueta Diaz de Gomez v. Wilkinson "Diaz de Gomez claims that she received repeated death threats from a gang in Guatemala after she and her family witnessed a mass killing by gang members and refused to acquiesce to the gang’s extortion... Read More

DOS Suspends, Terminates Asylum Cooperative Agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
Posted on 9 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Feb. 6, 2021 "The United States has suspended and initiated the process to terminate the Asylum Cooperative Agreements with the Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as the first concrete steps on the path to greater... Read More

Matter of E-R-A-L- Vacated: Practice Alert
Posted on 21 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, Dec. 21, 2020 "On Dec. 10, 2020, the Ninth Circuit vacated the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals in Matter of E-R-A-L-, 27 I&N Dec. 767 (BIA 2020) . CLINIC and the Duke University School of Law have published a practice alert... Read More

Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories
Posted on 19 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, Nov. 19, 2020 "During the day, immigrant teenagers attend high school. At night, they work in factories to pay debts to smugglers and send money to family. The authorities aren’t surprised by child labor. They’re... Read More

DHS Run Amok: Senate Staff Report
Posted on 13 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff Report, Oct. 13, 2020 Michelle Hackman, José de Córdoba, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 13, 2020 "U.S. border agents working in Guatemala detained Honduran migrants intending to make... Read More

Guatemala, U.S. Ink H-2 Visa Pact
Posted on 18 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of Labor, Sept. 17, 2020 "The U.S. Government, through efforts of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, signed an updated bilateral cooperative agreement with Guatemala to facilitate increased transparency... Read More

Tags: Guatemala , h-2

CA9 on Circularity, Matter of A-B-, Guatemala, Social Group: Diaz-Reynozo v. Barr
Posted on 10 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Diaz-Reynoso v. Barr "Sontos Maudilia Diaz-Reynoso, a native and citizen of Guatemala, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) order dismissing her appeal of an Immigration Judge’s (IJ) order denying her application... Read More

CA4 on Asylum, Nexus, Political Opinion, Guatemala: Lopez Ordonez v. Barr
Posted on 17 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lopez Ordonez v. Barr "Hector Daniel Lopez Ordonez was conscripted into the Guatemalan military when he was 15 years old. As part of the G-2 intelligence unit, Lopez Ordonez was ordered— and repeatedly refused—to torture and kill people... 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

DHS Agreement with Guatemala
Posted on 20 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 20, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security is publishing the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala on Cooperation... Read More

Tags: Guatemala , DHS , asylum

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