Immigration Law

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Government Report: Separated Kids Traumatized
Posted on 6 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Coleen Long, Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Associated Press, Sept. 4, 2019 "Children separated during the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance policy” last year, many already distressed in their home countries or by their journey... Read More

Where's the Rule? (Flores)
Posted on 21 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, DHS and HHS announced that they "published" and "issued" a final rule regarding the Flores Settlement Agreement. But as of 11:00 a.m. Eastern, there's no link to the rule on the web, including the... Read More

HHS OIG: Lack of Tornillo Staff FBI Background Checks, Low Number of Clinicians Pose 'Substantial Risks' to Detained Kids
Posted on 28 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Nov. 27, 2018 - "The memorandum was issued in response to two significant vulnerabilities identified by OIG during a site visit to the influx care facility in Tornillo, Texas (Tornillo), a grantee of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC... Read More

Tags: orr , HHS , tornillo , FBI , oig , Children

Child Migrants: 5 Key Facts on Rights and Costs
Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Every year, an increasing number of children and teens are making a harrowing journey across borders into the U.S; and every year, an increasing number do so alone. These children present major problems for enforcement authorities, politicians,... Read More

This Is Where the Government Houses the Tens of Thousands of Kids Who Get Caught Crossing the Border
Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has more than doubled since 2011, the Office of Refugee Resettlement—the part of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with caring for unaccompanied minors in... Read More

U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone
Posted on 18 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young [unauthorized*] migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an... Read More

HHS Poverty Guidelines Updated for 2015
Posted on 23 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This notice provides an update of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index." - Federal Register / Vol. 80, No.... Read More

Advance Copy of HHS Interim Final Rule: Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Involving Unaccompanied Children
Posted on 22 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This IFR proposes standards and procedures to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving unaccompanied children (UCs) in ORR’s care provider facilities." - FR Doc. 2014-29984 Filed 12/19/2014 at 11:15... Read More

HHS on DACA, Medicaid, CHIP
Posted on 1 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Expect a lot of pushback on this Aug. 28, 2012 letter from HHS : "Because the reasons that DHS offered for adopting the DACA process do not pertain to eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, HHS has determined that these benefits should not be extended... Read More

Tags: daca , HHS , Medicaid , chip

HHS Final Rule: Medical Examination of Aliens - Revisions to Medical Screening Process
Posted on 27 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is issuing this final rule (FR) to amend its regulations governing medical... Read More

Advance Copy of HHS Grant Awards: Shelter Care for Unaccompanied Alien Children
Posted on 30 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of three urgent single-source grants from the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program to KidsPeace in Bethlehem, PA, St. Peter and Joseph Children’s Home in San Antonio, TX... Read More

2016 HHS Poverty Guidelines Update
Posted on 12 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here's a link to the Federal Register Notice . And here's a link to the USCIS Form I-912P . Read More

Tags: HHS , I-912P , poverty

ORR Grant Announcement: Legal Services to Refugees Under the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program
Posted on 16 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"HHS is proposing a $9 million direct legal representation project that will provide representation to 2,600 unaccompanied children throughout their immigration proceedings. In order to implement this Departmental priority, ORR is awarding supplemental... Read More

Advance Copy of ORR Announcement: Money for Direct Legal Representation for UACs
Posted on 15 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Unaccompanied Alien Children’s program ensures the appropriate placement of all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) UAC referrals within specified timeframes and requires that a range of custodial/residential shelter care and services... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert - Definition of Certain Classes of Medical Conditions and Other Updates Relating to Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility
Posted on 2 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 2, 2016 - "​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating guidance regarding health-related grounds of inadmissibility in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rulemaking updating Title... Read More