Immigration Law

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CA9 on Reasonable Suspicion: Perez Cruz v. Barr
Posted on 13 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Perez Cruz v. Barr "Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents implemented a preconceived plan to “target” over 200 factory workers for detention and for interrogation as to their immigration status. The plan turned on obtaining... Read More

ICE Failed to Follow Policies on Noncitizen Veterans: GAO Report
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Ines Zamudio, WBEZ, June 7, 2019 "Hundreds of noncitizen veterans were placed in removal proceedings during the past six years despite policies to consider their service in deportation cases and to provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants... Read More

DHS OIG Finds 'Egregious Violations' of Immigration Detention Standards
Posted on 6 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 3, 2019 "Overall, our inspections of four detention facilities revealed violations of ICE’s 2011 Performance-Based National Detention Standards, which set requirements for facilities housing detainees. This report summarizes... Read More

Tags: detention , dhs oig , ICE

Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... Read More

ACLU of La. and SPLC Sue Trump Administration for Illegally Denying Parole to Asylum Seekers
Posted on 31 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, May 30, 2019 "The SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit today against the Trump administration for categorically denying release to hundreds of people who are languishing in immigration prisons after lawfully... Read More

Colo. Gov. Polis Signs Pro-Immigrant Bills
Posted on 29 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 1124, Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach : " BILL SUMMARY The bill allows a law enforcement officer or employee to cooperate or... Read More

New Jersey Court Directive: Immigration-Related Policies
Posted on 24 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Directive #07-19, May 23, 2019 "This directive modifies the Judiciary's policies on the collection of immigration-related data and the protocol for responding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities at courthouses." Read More

ICE to Hike Fees for Foreign Students, Exchange Visitors, Schools
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 22, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take... Read More

New State Law Protects Immigrants in Washington
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, May 21, 2019 "On May 21st, Governor Jay Inslee signed The Keep Washington Working Act (Senate Bill 5497) into law. This important legislation promotes fairness to immigrants and protects the privacy and civil rights of all Washington residents... Read More

DHS Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two important, related stories: 1. Maryam Saleh, Spencer Woodman, The Intercept, May 20, 2019 2. Hannah Rappleye, Andrew W. Lehren, Spencer Woodman and Vanessa Swales, NBC News, May 20, 2019 Read More

ICE Pushes Detainer Envelope with 'Warrant Service Officer' Program
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 6, 2019 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the creation of a new collaborative program intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited due to state and local policies... Read More

Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Community Groups Sue ICE over Courthouse Arrests in Mass.
Posted on 29 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Goodwin Procter, Apr. 29, 2019 "Today, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), and the Chelsea Collaborative filed a groundbreaking lawsuit... Read More

CA2 on Habeas, Suspension Clause, Free Speech - Ragbir v. Homan
Posted on 25 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ragbir v. Homan "Ravidath Ragbir, an alien subject to a final order of removal, together with several immigration‐policy advocacy organizations, appeals from an interlocutory order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of... Read More

TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

NY Bars ICE Arrests in State Courthouses: Directive (Apr. 17, 2019)
Posted on 20 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mallory Moench, Times Union, Apr. 18, 2019 "ICE can no longer arrest undocumented immigrants inside New York courthouses unless they have a warrant signed by a judge. The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) signed its new rule change... Read More