Immigration Law

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ICE Directive: Interests of Noncitizen Parents and Legal Guardians of Minor Children or Incapacitated Adults
Posted on 14 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, July 14, 2022 "...It is the policy of ICE to ensure that the agency’s civil immigration enforcement activities do not unnecessarily disrupt or infringe upon the parental or guardianship rights of noncitizen parents or legal guardians... Read More

Tags: Children , ICE

Aaliyah The Brave: Empowering Children Coping With Immigration Enforcement
Posted on 31 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rekha Sharma-Crawford "Aaliyah is every child who has ever known the heartbreak of having a parent forcibly removed from the home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She is the voiceless, and faceless child that is often forgotten in a system... Read More

ICE Snubs Biden, Mayorkas, Deports Kids to Haiti
Posted on 9 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, Feb. 8, 2021 "US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) deported at least 72 people to Haiti on Monday, including a two-month-old baby and 21 other children, in an apparent flagrant breach of the Biden administration’s... Read More

Tags: Haiti , Children , 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

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

Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

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

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

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

Former ICE lawyer switches sides: I want to protect immigrant children, not prosecute them
Posted on 27 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Peña, June 27, 2018 - "My face turned beet red when the immigration judge demanded I explain why a six-month old baby was being called to appear separately from his mother in a removal hearing. Though the mother was physically in the... Read More

ICE Isn’t Following its Own Handbook on How to Deport Kids
Posted on 30 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aura Bogado, Reveal News, Apr. 25, 2018 - "An internal federal immigration handbook’s regulations outlining how minors “aging out” of custody are supposed to be treated contrasts starkly with realities on the ground, according to... Read More

Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas
Posted on 6 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is... Read More

Report of the DHS Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers
Posted on 3 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Sept. 30, 2016 - "The detention of migrant children and families by the U.S. government has been controversial since its inception. Child and family detention has been the subject of a number of federal lawsuits – most notably, the Flores... Read More