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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

CA1 Reopening Victory: Perez-Tino v. Barr (Guatemala; Changed Country Conditions)
Posted on 31 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Perez-Tino v. Barr "Marta Perez-Tino is a Guatemalan national of Mayan K'Iche' descent who entered the United States in 2001 without inspection. Facing the prospect of removal on the basis of a 2010 Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA"... Read More

Boston Immigration Judge Grants Asylum; PSG = "Guatemalan Women"
Posted on 8 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Boston Immigration Judge Paul M. Gagnon granted asylum in a DV-based case, recognizing "Guatemalan women" as a particular social group. ICE reserved, but did not appeal, so the decision is final . The IJ addressed Matter of A-B- in several places... Read More

Questions Surround Secretive US-Guatemala Agreement
Posted on 31 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Susan Gzesh, July 30, 2019 "Less than two weeks after Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales abruptly cancelled a White House visit, President Donald Trump bullied his way to securing what the Trump administration is calling a “Safe Third Country”... Read More

Did the US Sign a 'Safe Third' Agreement with Guatemala?
Posted on 29 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Friday, July 26, 2019, DHS Acting Secretary McAleenan and the Guatemalan Minister of Government, Enrique Degenhart, signed an agreement in the Oval Office. The agreement is here . Washington Post reporting is here . Analysis by law professor... Read More

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