Immigration Law

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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

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

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

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