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One Man's Quest to Unseal John Tanton's Papers
Posted on 30 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Isabela Dias, Mother Jones, Mar. 30, 2021 "Ahmad first filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the University of Michigan on December 14, 2016, in order to gain access to the Tanton papers. ... On May 8, 2017, the University of Michigan... Read More

Tags: fair , Tanton , FOIA , Michigan

Mich. FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Tanton Records
Posted on 30 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Slagter, Michigan Live, Dec. 29, 2020 "The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments next week over whether sealed off records of an anti-immigration activist that are housed at the University of Michigan are considered public record. The... Read More

Tags: Tanton , FOIA , Michigan

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

CA6 on CIMT: Molina Hernandez v. Whitaker
Posted on 23 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Molina Hernandez v. Whitaker "Julio Molina Hernandez (“Molina”) appeals the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) decision (1) finding him removable on the basis that his felonious assault conviction under Mich. Comp. Laws... Read More

ICE Misled A Federal Court About Why Iraqi Detainees Couldn’t Be Sent Home, Documents Show
Posted on 26 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Oct. 24, 2018 - "Documents unsealed in a federal court in Michigan this week show that ICE officials repeatedly misled the court about the status of Iraqi detainees, insisting that it had an agreement with the Iraqi... Read More

Michigan Governor Seeks Visas to Lure Skilled Immigrants to Detroit
Posted on 24 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for highly skilled immigrants willing to live and work in the bankrupt city of Detroit for five years. "Let's send a message to the entire... Read More

BALCA on ACWIA, H-1B Prevailing Wage, Higher Education: Matter of University of Michgan
Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

BALCA, Matter of University of Michigan, Nov. 18, 2015 - "The Employer filed an Application for Prevailing Wage Determination (ETA Form 9141) in connection with its efforts to hire an H-1B worker. (AF 27-31). The Employer noted on the Form 9141 that... Read More

Matter of V-X-, 26 I&N Dec. 147 (BIA 2013)
Posted on 26 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

(1) A grant of asylum is not an “admission” to the United States under section 101(a)(13)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(13)(A) (2006). (2) When termination of an alien’s asylum status occurs in... Read More

Easing the Guidance Document Dilemma Agency by Agency: Immigration Law and Not Really Binding Rules
Posted on 10 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration law relies on rules that bind effectively, but not legally, to adjudicate millions of applications for immigration benefits every year. This article provides a blueprint for immigration law to improve its use of these practically binding... Read More

CA6 on Binding Concession by Attorney, CIMT: Hanna v. Holder
Posted on 18 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[W]e grant Hanna’s petition for review, reverse the BIA’s holding that Hanna’s admission is binding, and relieve Hanna of his attorney’s concession of removability. Because the BIA’s determination that Hanna is removable... Read More

Americans Sue Feds Over Watchlisting: Kadura v. Holder
Posted on 31 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Relying in part on recent Intercept reporting on the vast breadth of the government’s watchlisting system, several Muslim Americans filed a complaint in a Michigan federal court today , arguing that they have been wrongly ensnared in an unaccountable... Read More

I-9 bust at Mich. dairy farm leads to probation for owners, almost $3M in fines
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The owners of Aquila Farms, LLC, were sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay fines totaling $234,000 for hiring [unauthorized] aliens and aiding and abetting each other to do so. The convictions were the result of an... Read More

DREAMERS Challenge Michigan’s Policy Denying Driver Licenses: Lawsuit Filed
Posted on 19 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth whom the federal government... Read More

Immigrant Detained on Purpose to Learn Stories
Posted on 28 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Claudia Muñoz Castellano knew the risk she was taking as an undocumented immigrant when she tried to cross the U.S.-Canadian border last month at a checkpoint on the Ambassador Bridge. That's because being caught was part of her plan... Read More