Immigration Law

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Settlement Places Strict Limits on ICE Detention at ICA-Farmville
Posted on 7 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, July 6, 2022 "Today, a settlement agreement on claims for injunctive relief was reached in Santos Garcia et al. v. Wolf et al. , a case filed by the National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), and Gibson, Dunn... Read More

Groundbreaking COVID-19 Settlement to Yield Protections for Immigrants Detained by ICE, Limit Re-detention for People Released
Posted on 1 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LCCRSF, Jan. 27, 2022 "Immigrants detained by ICE during the COVID-19 pandemic in two California detention facilities have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement to resolve a long-running class action lawsuit against ICE and GEO, a private... Read More

CA9 (2-1) Reverses Fraihat Preliminary Injunction
Posted on 20 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Fraihat v. ICE Maj. - "COVID-19 presents inherent challenges in institutional settings, and it has without question imposed greater risks on persons in custody. But plaintiffs had to demonstrate considerably more than that to warrant the extraordinary... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , ICE

ICE Extends I-9 Flexibility
Posted on 1 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Aug. 31, 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: COVID-19 , Form I-9 , ICE

Court Orders ICE to Test Certain Immigration Prisoners
Posted on 26 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Juarez et al v. Asher et al "For the foregoing reasons, the Court orders Petitioners’ motion for temporary restraining order (dkt. # 324) be GRANTED, in part. The Court ORDERS ICE to test detainees for COVID-19 prior to transfer to NWIPC... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , 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

ICE, Detention, COVID & GEO: Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings
Posted on 21 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CA9, Feb. 18, 2021, Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings "Plaintiffs, civil immigration detainees housed at Mesa Verde Detention Facility and Yuba County Jail (collectively, the Facilities), filed a class petition for writ of habeas corpus, and a class complaint... Read More

Tags: detention , geo , COVID-19 , ICE

ICE Detention COVID-19 Practices Violate Law: Report
Posted on 12 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Physicians for Human Rights, Jan. 12, 2021 - Praying for Hand Soap and Masks "The harsh and punitive conditions reported in this study show that ICE practices did not comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance or with ICE’s... Read More

ICE Detention Contributed 245K COVID-19 Cases
Posted on 10 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Detention Watch Network, Dec. 2020 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) failed pandemic response substantially increased the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to Hotbeds of Infection: How ICE Detention Contributed to... Read More

"Straight Up Dishonesty" - Judge Orders ICE to Depopulate Adelanto
Posted on 16 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Read Judge Hatter's Oct. 15, 2020 Order here , especially pages 2-3: "The Court has been concerned for some time with the lack of candor exhibited by the Government and its counsel in this case. Counsel for Petitioners-Plaintiffs have, also,... Read More

ICE COVID-19 Prisoner Protocol (Aug. 12, 2020)
Posted on 13 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Aug. 12,2020 "How does ICE screen new detainees for COVID-19? Effective June 4, 2020, ICE tests all new detainees who arrive at ICE-owned facilities for COVID-19 during the intake screening process. ICE houses all new arrivals separately ... Read More

Zepeda Rivas TRO (COVID-19 Testing)
Posted on 7 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings "The defendants, having responded to the health crisis in such a cavalier fashion (even in the face of litigation and a string of court orders), have lost the credibility to complain that the relief requested by the plaintiffs... Read More

Tags: geo , COVID-19 , ICE

ICE Deliberately Limited COVID-19 Testing at Bakersfield Immigration Jail
Posted on 7 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 6, 2020 "Last month, as the coronavirus spread through federal immigration detention centers around the country, officials at the Mesa Verde facility in Bakersfield rejected a suggestion to test all detainees... Read More

Tags: geo , COVID-19 , ICE

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: 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