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Jeffrey S. Chase on R.F.M. v. Nielsen
Posted on 19 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Mar. 19, 2019 "This past Friday, the Department of Homeland Security’s random policy change deeming youths between the ages of 18 and 20 years old ineligible for special immigration protection ran into a brick wall in the... Read More

The "Guerrilla Habeas Team" Combating ICE in New York
Posted on 6 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alice Speri, The Intercept, Mar. 5, 2019 "...In New York, as across the country, Trump’s war on immigrants had manifested in an escalation of detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants who had lived in the country sometimes for... Read More

Report: False “Gang Allegations” Deny NY Teens’ Access to Immigration Status and Bond Services
Posted on 19 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYIC Feb. 13, 2019 "The New York Civil Liberties Union and the New York Immigration Coalition released a new report today documenting how allegations of gang membership, no matter how vague or flimsy, can lead to the denial of immigration relief... Read More

N.Y. Court of Appeals on Petty Offense, Jury Trial, Immigration Consequences: People v. Suazo
Posted on 28 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

People v. Suazo - "The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees that a defendant will be judged by a jury of peers if charged with a serious crime. Today, as a matter of first impression, we hold that a noncitizen defendant who... Read More

ICE Detainer Litigation Victory in NY: People v. DeMarco
Posted on 15 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Nov. 14, 2018 - "A state appeals court in Brooklyn ruled today definitively, and for the first time, that it is illegal under state law for local law enforcement agencies in New York to make immigration arrests at the request of federal immigration... Read More

Tags: New York , ACLU , detainers , ICE

NY City Bar Issues Recommendations in Response to ICE Arrests in New York State Courthouses
Posted on 18 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYCB, July 11, 2018 - "Calling the increasing number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) civil arrests in and around New York State courthouses “a threat to the New York State court system’s ability to ensure access to justice... Read More

NY Atty. Gen. Post Legal Tools To Protect Immigrant Communities in Anticipation of Trump Crackdown
Posted on 20 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Jan. 19, 2017 - "Anticipating potential changes in federal immigration enforcement practices and priorities, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today provided local governments and law enforcement... Read More

Cesar Vargas, DACAmented Lawyer
Posted on 4 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Application of Cesar Adrian Vargas for Admission to the Bar of the State of New York - 2015 NY Slip Op 04657 - Decided on June 3, 2015 - Appellate Division, Second Department : "We are called upon to determine whether an undocumented immigrant... Read More

USCIS NYC Office May Speed Process for Refugee Kids
Posted on 30 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Casey Tolan, Fusion, Oct. 29, 2015 - "U.S. immigration officials in New York are streamlining the application process for hundreds of unaccompanied Central American minors who are still waiting for approval to stay in the country. Now, kids applying... Read More

Mayors Support DAPA, DACA Expansion
Posted on 9 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mayors and senior officials from 25 cities across the country met Monday in New York to rally support and lay the groundwork for implementing President Obama’s executive actions to provide relief to millions of undocumented immigrants nationwide... Read More

NY Attorney General Shuts Down Unlicensed Visa Consultant
Posted on 11 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYAG, Sept. 8, 2015 - "Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that his office reached an agreement with Entertainment Visa Consultant Company (EVC) and its CEO, David King. This agreement will resolve the Attorney General’s investigation... Read More

Immigration and New York City: The Contributions of Foreign-Born Americans to New York's Renaissance, 1975–2013
Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This Americas Society / Council of the Americas report shows how immigration has helped revitalize New York City since the mid-1970s by making communities safer, increasing public revenue, and boosting the city’s population. The data shows... Read More

Bar Exam Passed, Immigrant Still Can’t Practice Law
Posted on 4 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Cesar Vargas seemed to have checked all the right boxes in his quest to become a lawyer in New York State. He made honors at both college and law school in New York City, his home since coming to the United States from Mexico at age 5. He interned... Read More

NY Gov. Launches Public-Private Naturalization Drive
Posted on 20 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, July 14, 2016 - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched “ NaturalizeNY ,” the first public-private partnership of its kind to encourage and assist eligible immigrants in New York State with becoming U.S. citizens... Read More

Asylum Fraud in Chinatown: An Industry of Lies
Posted on 23 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As an increasing number of Chinese have sought permanent immigration status here, asylum has become a popular way to achieve it: Asylum recipients are granted immediate permission to work and can apply for a green card a year later. Amid this rising... Read More