Immigration Law

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ICE DISCUSSED PUNISHING IMMIGRANT ADVOCATES FOR PEACEFUL PROTESTS
Posted on 18 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

José Olivares, John Washington, The Intercept, June 17 2021 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement monitored immigrant advocacy organizations engaged in First Amendment-protected activity around a highly contentious immigration detention... Read More

Tags: ICE

Prosecutorial Discretion and the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA)
Posted on 15 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, June 11, 2021 - [Provides a description of prosecutorial discretion, email addresses for PD requests, and links to further resources.] Read More

American Citizen Sues ICE for Unlawful Detention
Posted on 11 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, June 11, 2021 "Today, Carlos Rios, a citizen of the United States since 2000, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeking compensation for... Read More

Tags: citizen , detention , ICE

ICE Interim Litigation Position Regarding Motions to Reopen in Light of Niz-Chavez
Posted on 10 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, June 9, 2021 "On April 29, 2021, the Supreme Court decided Niz-Chavez v. Garland , 141 S. Ct. 1474 (2021), which involved eligibility for “cancellation of removal,” a type of discretionary immigration relief available in removal... Read More

Tags: Niz-Chavez , ICE

ICE Guidance Regarding Civil Immigration Enforcement and Removal Policies and Priorities (May 27, 2021)
Posted on 5 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 27, 2021 " ... Prosecutorial discretion is an indispensable feature of any functioning legal system. The exercise of prosecutorial discretion, where appropriate, can preserve limited government resources, achieve just and fair outcomes... Read More

Form I-9 Compliance Flexibility Extended by ICE
Posted on 27 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 26, 2021 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced an extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was initially granted last year. Due to the continued precautions related to COVID... Read More

Tags: Form I-9 , ICE

A Doctor Detained by ICE
Posted on 10 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Merlys Rodriguez-Hernandez, M.D., Tara C. Pilato, B.A., Kayleigh A. Yerdon, B.S., Ian M. Kysel, J.D., L.L.M., Faten Taki, Ph.D., Stephen Yale-Loehr, J.D., Gunisha Kaur, M.D., illustrated by Alison E. Burke, M.A., and Natalie Koscal, M.A., May 8, 2021... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , ICE

DHS Withdraws Proposed EAD, Biometrics Rules
Posted on 7 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 05/10/2021 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published on November 19, 2020. The NPRM proposed to revise... Read More

Tags: proposed rule , cbp , USCIS , DHS , ICE

Joint ICE-CBP Memo: Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions in or near Courthouses
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 27, 2021 "This memorandum provides interim guidance that governs our civil immigration enforcement actions in or near courthouses. It is effective immediately and will be replaced after the Secretary issues his final guidance after engaging... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

ICE, CBP to Limit Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 27, 2021 "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to place new limits on civil immigration enforcement actions in... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

ICE Continues March 2020 Guidance for the 2021-22 Academic Year
Posted on 26 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 26, 2021 "The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will extend the guidance originally issued in March 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. This guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory... Read More

Tags: f-1 , sevis , sevp , ICE

DHS, ICE Announce Rescission of Civil Penalties for Failure-to-Depart
Posted on 23 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 23, 2021 "Today, at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded two delegation orders related to the collection of civil financial penalties for noncitizens... Read More

Tags: penalties , DHS , ICE

NJ Sup. Ct. on Pretrial Release, ICE Holds: State v. Molchor, Rios, Lopez-Carrera
Posted on 31 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State v. Molchor, Rios, Lopez-Carrerra "Here, the question before the Court affects a relatively small number of cases. All of them involve individuals who would not otherwise be detained as high-risk defendants. In other words, the cases involve... Read More

Cruelty and Corruption: Contracting to Lock Up Immigrant Women for Profit at the Hutto Detention Center
Posted on 30 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UT Law Immigration Clinic, Grassroots Leadership, Mar. 30, 2021 "The story of the T. Don Hutto (“Hutto”) immigration detention center is a story of women deprived of their liberty and dignity in the pursuit of profits for the private... Read More