Immigration Law

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Year-Long Effort by UHLC Immigration Clinic Halts Deportation of Somali Green Card Holder
Posted on 9 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

University of Houston Law Center, Aug. 7, 2018 - "University of Houston Law Center faculty, students and alumni working through the school's Immigration Clinic helped convince a federal judge to order an immigration court to review the case of... Read More

Houston Immigration Closures (as of 4pm CST, Aug. 28, 2017)
Posted on 28 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

1) From the Houston Asylum Office’ Lubna Fazal, today: Due to local weather conditions the Houston Asylum Office will be closed for the remainder of the week through Friday Sept 1, 2017. We will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate... Read More

French Historian Henry Rousso Detained 10 Hours, Almost Deported by Houston CBP
Posted on 27 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Noted French historian Henry Rousso - who has visited the United States many times in the past - was detained for 10 hours and nearly deported by CBP at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on Feb. 22nd. His own account is here . Washington... Read More

Tags: rousso , Houston , cbp

AAO I-212 Waiver Victory - Houston
Posted on 5 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The record ... reflects that the applicant has expressed remorse for her actions and that she has paid taxes on her earnings as a nanny while in the United States. In addition, the applicant submits statements from friends and family describing... Read More

Tags: 212 , waiver , AAO , equities , Houston

BIA on Social Group, Ghana (Unpub.)
Posted on 21 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[R]espondent claims that he belongs to a particular social group consisting of individuals from Ghana who suffer from severe mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, and are indigent and lack family support. ... We conclude, based on the record... Read More

UHLC 2015 Immigration Clinic Newsletter
Posted on 15 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This nine-page newsletter from the University of Houston Law Center's Immigration Clinic is packed with inspirational information. These law students are making a tangible difference today, not years down the road. Read More

Reopening Victory in Houston; Honduras; Changed Country Conditions
Posted on 30 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[I]t would be reasonable for a person in Respondent's shoes to be significantly more concerned about his safety than he was in [date.] It would also be reasonable to find that Respondent's fear is more objectionably reasonable due to the... Read More

New Report Says Legalization Would Result in $1.4 billion in Revenues for Houston, Texas
Posted on 22 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A new report issued this month by the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), a business advocacy organization, confirms that legalization of unauthorized workers would result in those workers earning higher wages and paying more taxes. Potential Tax... Read More

ICE delivers hefty fines for I-9 paperwork errors; a 'money grab'
Posted on 21 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mike Weir remembers the summer day that federal immigration agents came to his small lightning protection company nestled among cow pastures in Katy and asked to review all of his company's hiring paperwork. Weir said he knew what auditors... Read More

Tags: audit , fine , Houston , I-9

Gay, married immigrant spared from deportation
Posted on 10 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A gay Costa Rican immigrant has been spared from deportation by a Houston immigration judge based in large part on his marriage to a U.S. citizen, the immigrant's attorney said. Judge Richard Walton on Thursday administratively closed the... Read More

ICE Policy Change Shatters Life for Houston Family
Posted on 5 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Olivia P. Tallet, Houston Chronicle, June 5, 2017 - "He asked Juan to turn over his passport. ICE had to prepare for his deportation. Celia and the girls realized that he had only been given a brief reprieve. He would be allowed to remain in the... Read More

A Divide on the Payoff of Legalizing Immigrants
Posted on 29 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Granting legal status to the [unauthorized*] immigrants living in one of Texas’ largest metropolitan areas would generate at least $1.4 billion a year in revenue for state and federal agencies, with Social Security and Medicare being the... Read More

U.S. Citizen Released After 18 Months in Houston Immigration Jail
Posted on 19 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jacqueline Stevens, Jan. 18, 2016 - "On January 5, 2016, Lorenzo Palma, with a lawyer finally by his side (Nashville-based civil rights attorney Andrew Free ), won his release from the Houston CCA immigration jail. Ever since immigration judge Saul... Read More

Houston Restaurant Management Company Fined for I-9 Flub
Posted on 3 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Culinaire International, a catering and restaurant management company headquartered in Houston, Texas, resolving a claim that Culinaire engaged in citizenship discrimination... Read More

555-Day Backlog at Houston Immigration Court
Posted on 24 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Those awaiting hearings at a Houston immigration court should be prepared to wait for much more than a year due to thousands of pending cases, a shortage of judges and the more than two-week federal shutdown in October, a report has found. The... Read More