Immigration Law

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Your Editor in the ICE Crosshairs
Posted on 18 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 17, 2018 - "The Trump administration has subpoenaed an immigration attorney in an attempt to determine who leaked an internal memo that laid out how Immigration and Customs Enforcement should implement Attorney... Read More

Profiling Who ICE Detains - Few Committed Any Crime
Posted on 10 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Oct. 9, 2018 - "The vast majority (58%) of individuals in ICE custody June 30 had no criminal record. An even larger proportion—four out of five—either had no record, or had only committed a minor offense such as a traffic violation... Read More

Aug. 15, 2017 Memo from ICE Legal on Enforcement Priorities, Prosecutorial Discretion (BuzzFeed)
Posted on 8 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Oct. 8, 2018 - "Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement were restricted from granting reprieves for certain immigrants facing deportation, ordered to review and potentially reopen previously closed cases, and... Read More

CA9 Upholds Saravia Preliminary Injunction
Posted on 1 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Saravia v. Sessions , court staff summary - "In an action arising from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s rearrest and detention of noncitizens who came to this country as unaccompanied minors, the panel affirmed the district court’s... Read More

DHS OIG: 287(g) Expansion Suffers from Lack of Planning
Posted on 25 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Sept. 19, 2018 - "In the 14 months following the issuance of the January 2017 Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the 287(g) program rose from... Read More

Tags: 287(g) , oig , DHS , ICE

Atlanta Mayor Signs Executive Order: No New ICE Detainees in City Jail
Posted on 7 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, June 20, 2018 - "I, like many others, have been horrified watching the impact of President Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy on children and families. My personal angst has been compounded by the City of... Read More

Tags: detainees , jail , Atlanta , ICE

The Use of Coercion by U.S. DHS Officials Against Parents Who Were Forcibly Separated From Their Children
Posted on 24 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council and AILA | August 23, 2018 - "This complaint contains 13 pseudonymized case examples and original testimony from parents who were separated from their children that show a pervasive, illegal practice by DHS officials... Read More

Once Relatively Obscure, ICE Becomes a Lightning Rod in Immigration Debate
Posted on 22 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, Aug. 22, 2018 - "Critics of the Trump administration’s immigration policies have seized on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as the main target of their ire in recent months, with the “Abolish... Read More

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