Immigration Law

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International Students and Remote Learning in Fall 2020: What You Need To Know (July 26, 2020)
Posted on 27 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Penn State Law, July 26, 2020 "On July 15, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued an FAQ. The July 15 FAQ comes on the heels of a resolution reached by ICE and Harvard/MIT in connection with a lawsuit filed challenging... Read More

ICE FAQ on Student Visas (July 24, 2020)
Posted on 27 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 24, 2020 "This document provides answers clarifying questions for the fall 2020 term based on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) March 9, 2020, Spring Guidance Broadcast. Stakeholders should refer to ICE.gov/Coronavirus... Read More

ICE: No New Student Visas for 100% Online Study
Posted on 25 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 24, 2020 "Nonimmigrant students and schools certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) should abide by SEVP guidance originally issued in March 2020 . The guidance enables schools and students to engage in distance learning... Read More

Tags: sevis , COVID-19 , sevp , ICE

Updated SEVIS FAQ (July 15, 2020)
Posted on 15 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19 Last Updated: July 15, 2020 "This document provides answers to frequently asked questions from Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) stakeholders about the impact of the Coronavirus... Read More

Tags: sevis , students , COVID-19 , sevp , ICE

How ICE Exported the Coronavirus
Posted on 10 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

By EMILY KASSIE and BARBARA MARCOLINI, The Marshall Project, July 10, 2020 "An investigation reveals how Immigration and Customs Enforcement became a domestic and global spreader of COVID-19." Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , ICE

Experts: ICE International Student Rule Sparks Fear, Confusion
Posted on 9 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, July 9, 2020 " Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued in federal court Wednesday to try to block a new Trump administration policy that would prohibit international students in... Read More

Harvard vs. DHS
Posted on 8 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE; and MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT; CHAD F. WOLF, in his official capacity as Acting Secretary of... Read More

Harvard, MIT Push Back Against ICE
Posted on 8 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Dan Levin, NYT, July 8, 2020 "A directive by the Trump administration that would strip international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online prompted widespread confusion... Read More

American Council on Education: ICE Student Rule "Horrifying"
Posted on 7 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ted Mitchell, ACE, July 6, 2020 "On its face, the guidance released today by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is horrifying. While we would welcome more clarity about international students studying in the United States, this guidance... Read More

Tags: f-1 , sevis , sevp , ICE

ICE: All-Online Coursework Could Trigger Deportation for Foreign Students
Posted on 6 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 6, 2020 "SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester WASHINGTON – The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications Monday to... Read More

Tags: f-1 , sevis , sevp , ICE

TVPRA Victory - Ramirez v. ICE
Posted on 3 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, July 2, 2020 "A federal court has ruled that the failure of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to consider less restrictive settings before transferring unaccompanied immigrant youth to ICE detention on their 18th birthdays... Read More

Immigration Enforcement Spending and Practices Attract Scrutiny
Posted on 29 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, June 25, 2020 "...[T]he muscular nature and shielding from accountability that Americans have come to accept as problematic—and increasingly unacceptable—with respect to local law enforcement... Read More

Judge Orders ICE To Free Detained Immigrant Children Because Of COVID-19
Posted on 29 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Vanessa Romo, NPR, June 26, 2020 "Citing the unrelenting spread of the coronavirus, a federal judge has ordered that all children currently held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for more than 20 days must be released by July... Read More

ICE Officials Knew Dollar/Day Wages Lacked Congressional Authorization
Posted on 22 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jacqueline Stevens, June 22, 2020 E-mail ICE Fought to Keep Secret for Six Years May Clinch Minimum Wage Claims against Private Prisons "For the last ten years I've been conducting research on the history and legality of Immigration and Customs... Read More

Cuban Doctor With COVID-19 Detained by ICE in Arizona
Posted on 16 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel Gonzalez, Arizona Republic, June 16, 2020 "Merlys Rodriguez Hernandez, a Cuban doctor seeking asylum at the U.S. currently being detained at the Eloy Center, complained for weeks that she was terrified of being infected by the coronavirus... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , ICE