Immigration Law

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The Ninth Circuit, Asylum and 'Return to Mexico' - What Next?
Posted on 8 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On May 7, 2019 a motions panel of the Ninth Circuit granted a stay pending appeal of the preliminary injunction that had blocked the 'return to Mexico' policy under the new DHS Migrant Protection Protocols for southern border asylum claimants... Read More

The Economic Cost of the US-Mexico Border Slowdown
Posted on 7 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Perryman Group, April 2019 "The current slowdown at the US-Mexico border is causing substantial economic harms. Trade volume has grown substantially, more than doubling over the past 20 years and up 55% between 2010 and 2018. During 2018, total... Read More

Asylum Officers Mere Pawns in Trump's Deadly Border Game - Vox Exclusive
Posted on 3 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, May 2, 2019 "The first time that one immigration officer interviewed an asylum seeker under new Trump administration protocols, the officer went back to their hotel room, turned up the shower as hot as it would go, and tried to... Read More

CA7 on Asylum, Mexico, Cartel Violence: Gonzalez Ruano v. Barr
Posted on 25 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gonzalez Ruano v. Barr "In September 2016, members of a Mexican drug cartel kidnapped, tortured, and threatened to kill petitioner Mauricio Gonzalez Ruano, who was living with his family in the Mexican state of Jalisco. ... We find that the record... Read More

CLINIC Practice Advisory - Asylum Seekers Stranded in Mexico Because of the Trump Administration’s Restrictive Policies: Firm Resettlement Considerations
Posted on 25 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, Apr. 24, 2019 " ... [M]etering at the border continues and has resulted in thousands of individuals seeking asylum under U.S. law (“U.S. asylum seekers”) stranded on the Mexican side of the border. Practitioners should therefore... Read More

IJ Eileen Trujillo Recognizes “Women in Mexico” as PSG, Finds Nexus, Grants Asylum, Distinguishes A-B-
Posted on 22 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul W. Schmidt, Mar. 21, 2019 "JUSTICE PREVAILS AGAIN IN IMMIGRATION COURTS EVEN IN THE “POST-A-B-“ ERA — Outstanding Analysis By Judge Eileen Trujillo Of The U.S. Immigration Court In Denver, CO, Recognizes “Women In Mexico”... Read More

The Asylum Saga of Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto
Posted on 12 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrew Lapin, Michigan Alumnus Magazine, Spring 2019 "For nearly a year, U-M’s Knight-Wallace Fellowship has provided a home and a lifeline for journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto. He is thousands of miles and several years removed from... Read More

3 More Lawsuits And Counting Over Border 'Emergency'
Posted on 20 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In addition to the lawsuit filed on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 by 16 states , at least three more lawsuits have been filed against the Trump administration's national emergency proclamation . Public Citizen Sues Trump on Behalf of Affected Texas Landowners... Read More

Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Policy Forcibly Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CGRS, Feb. 14, 2019 "The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s new policy forcing asylum seekers to return... Read More

The Deported Americans
Posted on 5 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brooke Jarvis, California Sunday Magazine, Jan. 31, 2019 "More than 600,000 U.S.-born children of undocumented parents live in Mexico. What happens when you return to a country you’ve never known?" Read More

Immigrant Rights Attorneys and Journalists Denied Entry into Mexico
Posted on 2 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

KATE LINTHICUM, CINDY CARCAMO and MOLLY O'TOOLE, Los Angeles Times, FEB 01, 2019 "Two U.S. immigrant rights attorneys and two journalists who have worked closely with members of a migrant caravan in Tijuana said they had been denied entry into... Read More

DHS to Launch 'Migrant Protection Protocols' on Southern Border
Posted on 25 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Jan. 24, 2019 " What Are the Migrant Protection Protocols? The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) are a U.S. Government action whereby certain foreign individuals entering or seeking admission to the U.S. from Mexico – illegally or... Read More

Mexican Asylum Grant by IJ Trujillo in Denver
Posted on 27 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

James S. Lamb writes: "Nuclear family PSG and a quasi-non-state persecutor (quasi, on account of government corruption and involvement of certain officials). Case is pre-Matter of A-B-. ... fact heavy ... Trujillo wrote a good opinion ." Read More

BIA on CAT, Torture: Matter of J-R-G-P-, 27 I&N Dec. 482 (BIA 2018)
Posted on 31 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of J-R-G-P-, 27 I&N Dec. 482 (BIA 2018) - Where the evidence regarding an application for protection under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, adopted and opened for signature Dec. 10... Read More

CA7 on CAT, Mexico, Fear of Torture by Zetas: Rivas-Peña v. Sessions
Posted on 23 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rivas-Peña v. Sessions - "Pedro Rivas-Pena has been a lawful permanent resident of the United States and is a citizen of Mexico. He faces removal to Mexico because of a state drug trafficking conviction. He has applied for deferral of removal... Read More