Immigration Law

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Complaint Filed Against Chief Immigration Judge
Posted on 23 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bryan S. Johnson, Dec. 22, 2017 - "The following complaint was filed today against Chief Immigration Judge, MaryBeth Keller for ordering immigration judges to disregard special legal protections for unaccompanied children as mandated by 8 USC 1232... Read More

Supreme Court Opinion Analysis: Crime-Based Removal Provision is Unconstitutionally Vague - Prof. Kevin Johnson
Posted on 18 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Kevin Johnson, Apr. 17, 2018 - "In the last few years, the Supreme Court has decided a steady number of criminal-removal cases. In light of the Trump administration’s emphasis on the removal of “criminal aliens,” we will likely... Read More

Jennings v. Rodriguez Argument Analysis: UC Davis Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Posted on 4 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UC Davis Law Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Oct. 4, 2017 - "Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard reargument in Jennings v. Rodriguez , a class-action constitutional challenge to a variety of provisions of the immigration laws allowing for immigrant detention... Read More

Lawyer Files Disciplinary Complaint Against Chief Immigration Judge
Posted on 29 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Dec. 28, 2017 - "On December 22, New York attorney Bryan S. Johnson filed a complaint with the Assistant Chief Immigration Judge for Conduct and Professionalism against Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller. The basis for the... Read More

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...
Posted on 15 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority... Read More

Negotiations on Detention of Refugee Moms, Kids Divide Advocacy Groups
Posted on 27 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Obama administration has conceded that it must curtail long-term detention of migrant mothers and children. But officials may have to go even further if government lawyers agree to a confidential proposal that would limit the detention of most... Read More

AILA Welcomes Benjamin Johnson as New Executive Director
Posted on 29 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA Doc No. 15102930 | Dated October 29, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced today that Benjamin Johnson will serve as AILA's new executive director beginning January 11, 2016. Mr. Johnson comes... Read More

S.C. Mellouli v. Holder Oral Argument Recap - Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Posted on 16 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[On Jan. 14, 2015] the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Mellouli v. Holder , a challenge to the removal of Moones Mellouli, a lawful permanent resident from Tunisia, based on a Kansas misdemeanor drug paraphernalia conviction for possession... Read More

Former BIA Members and IJs Blast Refugee Detention Regime
Posted on 1 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a 4-page letter dated October 31, 2016 to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, twelve former BIA members and Immigration Judges made the case for due process for asylum applicants, and criticized the current detention regime. Read More

Lawyer Threatened With Contempt For Leaking Family Detention Documents
Posted on 2 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge has threatened to hold an immigration attorney in contempt of court after he leaked to McClatchy confidential settlement documents in a high-stakes legal battle over family detention. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee of the Central... Read More

Supreme Court Oral Argument Previews: Mellouli v. Holder
Posted on 13 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

REVISIONIST HISTORY: THE GOVERNMENT’S LATEST ATTEMPT TO IGNORE THE CATEGORICAL APPROACH IN MELLOULI V. HOLDER - By Alina Das RETHINKING REMOVABILITY FOR POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (AKA A SOCK) - By Jennifer Lee Koh DRAWING OUTSIDE THE... Read More

Are Feds Stalling Detention Deal to Keep Refugee Moms, Kids Behind Bars?
Posted on 11 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Secret talks over the fate of the Obama administration’s family detention program may be breaking down, meaning many migrant mothers and children could remain locked up for the foreseeable future. A critical opinion by a federal judge –... Read More

Supreme Court News (Tuesday, January 17, 2017) - Updated
Posted on 17 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Today, January 17, 2017, the SCOTUS hears oral argument in Lynch v. Dimaya , a case with "potentially far-reaching constitutional implications," according to Prof. Kevin Johnson . Here's a link to the transcript . Last Friday, January... Read More

Lawsuit Charges Sex Discrimination, Age Discrimination in ICE Legal Department: Vroom v. Johnson
Posted on 12 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Plaintiff is a 59-year-old woman. She has been an attorney in the United States Government for 30 years, the last 26 of which have been with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its predecessor agency, the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization... Read More

DHS Sec. Johnson to Congress: DACA Info Should Not Be Used for Enforcement (with exceptions) - Letter
Posted on 5 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson, Dec. 30, 2016 - "Dear Representative Chu: On behalf of the Administration, I write in response to the letter you and 110 other members of Congress sent the President on December 5. In your letter, you ask us "to do everything... Read More