Immigration Law

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Class Action Certified in Cambodian Detention Suit: Chhoeun v. Marin
Posted on 16 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chhoeun v. Marin - "This action challenges the Government’s policy of arbitrarily rounding up and placing in immigration detention individuals who have been living peaceably in our communities for years.1 Petitioners Nak Kim Chhoeun and Mony... Read More

USCIS, ICE Set Trap for Green Card Applicants in New England
Posted on 15 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Aug. 14, 2018 - "Recently unsealed documents and depositions show the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses its own regulations – which were designed to protect the families of noncitizens from unnecessary separation... Read More

Tags: USCIS , ICE , Green Card

ICE Withheld Deported Parents’ Phone Numbers From Lawyers, ACLU Says
Posted on 14 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelina Chapin, Huffington Post, Aug. 9, 2018 - "The American Civil Liberties Union told HuffPost that the government finally handed over phone numbers this week for the more than 400 migrant parents who were separated from their children and... Read More

Tags: ACLU , Children , ICE , border

Habeas Victory in New Jersey: Martinez v. Nielsen
Posted on 8 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martinez v. Nielsen - "Mr. and Ms. Martinez began the provisional waiver process in 2016. USCIS scheduled them for an interview on their I-130 application to confirm the bona fides of their marriage. On April 27, 2018, together with their lawyer... Read More

Tags: Martinez , USCIS , ICE , habeas

Expert: ICE Tactics 'Instill Fear'
Posted on 26 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Valerie Bauman, Daily Mail UK, July 25, 2018 - "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency more than tripled the number of work site investigations it conducted so far in 2018, according to new federal data. Since October 1, 2017 –... Read More

Expert: Immigrants Fearful of Reporting Crimes to Police Due to ICE Tactics
Posted on 26 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ben Leonard, NBC News, July 25, 2018 - "Federal immigration agents have used more aggressive tactics since a January 2017 executive order by President Donald Trump that broadened their authority, a New York immigrant advocacy group alleges. ... "ICE... Read More

How Your Neighborhood Private Immigrant Prison Influences Its Members of Congress
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tanvi Misra, CityLab, July 11, 2018 - "Did the ICE facilities locate in districts where the congressperson was already quite conservative, and therefore already likely to sponsor such bills? Or, did the legislator introduce these bills because of... Read More

Where Cities Help Detain Immigrants
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tanvi Misra, CityLab, July 10, 2018 - "In the last few weeks, a handful of localities have taken action to end contracts with federal immigration authorities to jail immigrants, as anti-detention activists have long been pushing them to do, including... Read More

Tags: detention , cities , ICE

Fact: Mass Detention of Migrant Families is Unnecessary, Inefficient
Posted on 6 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eleanor Acer, Just Security, July 5, 2018 - "The administration’s turn toward mass detention of asylum seekers and migrants flies in the face of numerous empirical studies, including the government’s own statistics, that show such policies... Read More

Teen Taken at U.S. Border Tells of ‘Icebox’ Cages With 60 Girls
Posted on 5 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Erik Larson, Bloomberg, July 3, 2018 - "A 15-year-old girl who was forcibly separated from her mother after fleeing to the U.S. from El Salvador described to a Washington State investigator how she was crammed into a windowless room with 60 other... Read More

Expert: Chances of Abolishing ICE 'Slim to None'
Posted on 3 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

John Bacon, USA Today, June 27, 2018 - " Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell University Law School who has written extensively on immigration law, said ICE isn't going anywhere soon. It's detractors, he said, don't have the votes... Read More

Tags: ICE , expert , yale-loehr

DHS OIG Faults ICE Detention Facility Inspections
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 26, 2018 - "ICE uses two inspection types to examine detention conditions in more than 200 detention facilities. ICE contracts with a private company and also relies on its Office of Detention Oversight for inspections. ICE also uses... Read More

ICE SEVP Broadcast Message: Reporting Volunteer Positions During OPT Employment
Posted on 19 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, May 18, 2018 - "Volunteer positions that are not directly related to your course of study do not qualify as optional practical training (OPT) and must not be listed as OPT employment. Reporting non-qualifying volunteer opportunities as OPT employment... Read More

Tags: opt , sevp , volunteer , ICE

ICE Proposes to Raise Student Visa Fees
Posted on 17 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to individuals and organizations. DHS proposes to raise the... Read More