Immigration Law

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Unpub. BIA Pardon Victory in Alabama, Louisiana
Posted on 17 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hats off to my associate, Samantha Hechtman , who writes: "Respondent is a native and citizen of Antigua Barbuda. He entered the United States as a lawful permanent resident on January 30, 1988. Respondent was detained by ICE on November 14, 2016... Read More

Louisiana Supreme Court on Preemption: State v. Sarrabea
Posted on 17 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After review of the relevant law, both statutory and jurisprudential, and despite its laudable goal aimed at preventing acts of terrorism, we are constrained to find, based on the Supreme Court case of Arizona v. United States, 132 S.Ct. 2492 (2012... Read More

CA3 Upholds 2011 H-2B Wage Rule: Louisiana Forestry v. DOL
Posted on 5 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Appellants, a group of associations representing employers in non-agricultural industries, claim that the Department of Labor exceeded its authority by enacting a regulation governing the calculation of the minimum wage a U.S. employer must offer... Read More

La. Ct. App. on 'Driving While Undocumented' Statute, Preemption: State v. Sarrabea
Posted on 1 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Defendant argues La.R.S. 14:100.13 is an unconstitutional attempt to preempt federal law because it attempts to preempt the field of alien registration which is occupied by federal law. Thus, he asserts, the trial court lacked jurisdiction to convict... Read More

Third Circuit Upholds Labor H-2B Regulations & Confuses Agency Rulemaking Jurisdiction
Posted on 7 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently upheld the Department of Labor (DOL) promulgation of regulations governing the calculation of the minimum wage a United States employer must offer to recruit non-agricultural foreign... Read More

Court Strikes Down Louisiana Anti-Immigrant Marriage Law: Vo v. Gee
Posted on 9 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Vo v. Gee - "The unconstitutionality of Act 436 applies to all residents of the State of Louisiana, not just Mr. Vo. The scope of the preliminary injunction order applied to Plaintiff and all similarly situated U. S. citizens who are prevented from... Read More

Louisiana Isn’t Letting Immigrants Get Married
Posted on 11 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Catherine Rampell, Oct. 10, 2016 - "For an illustration of how cruel the country’s latest wave of nativism has grown, look to Louisiana. Here, a little-noticed new state law has effectively made it illegal for thousands of refugees to get... Read More

Federal Court: Louisiana Law Violates Refugee's Right to Marry - Vo v. Gee
Posted on 24 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, Mar. 23, 2017 - "A year ago, a state law blocked a U.S. citizen born in an Indonesian refugee camp from getting married in Louisiana. A court victory Wednesday means the man and his fiancee are free to make wedding plans. Viet... Read More

Lawsuit Filed Against Unconstitutional Louisiana State Law Blocking Immigrants from Marrying - Vo v. Gee
Posted on 18 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILC, Oct. 18, 2016 - "A Louisiana man is challenging an unconstitutional state law that denies some immigrants in the state the fundamental right to a legal marriage. Viet “Victor” Anh Vo filed the lawsuit Vo v. Gee, et al. in the... Read More

ICE Arrests, Indicts 32 in Immigration RICO Case
Posted on 1 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement Thursday began arresting 32 defendants charged with racketeering and immigration violations throughout Texas and Louisiana. ... According to court documents [ indictment 1 | indictment 2 ... Read More

Immigration Detention By the Numbers
Posted on 15 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Fact sheets for Texas , Arizona , California and Louisiana , by Human Rights First. Read More

Louisiana asks Supreme Court to rule on migrants, census
Posted on 17 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Arguing that counting unauthorized migrants and temporary visa holders in the 2010 census resulted in Louisiana losing a congressional seat, Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell filed an original action in the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov... Read More