Immigration Law

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PA Revokes License of Berks County Immigration Lockup
Posted on 1 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AP, Jan. 30, 2016 - "the state decided to revoke the operating license of a residential facility used by the federal government to house asylum-seeking immigrant families. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services said it won't renew the... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP: Pennsylvania Contractors Must Use E-Verify To Check Employee Eligibility
Posted on 10 Aug 2012 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Patrick J. Harvey and Rebecca L. Massimini The recently signed Public Works Employment Verification Act requires contractors and subcontractors on public works projects in Pennsylvania to verify the employment eligibility of newly hired workers... Read More

Ruling Over Pennsylvania Town's Immigration Law Vacated
Posted on 4 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) A federal appeals court has vacated its ruling that declared a northeastern Pennsylvania city's illegal immigration law to be unconstitutional, setting the stage for a new round of arguments. The move by the Philadelphia-based... Read More

Detention of Refugees Illegal Under Penn. Law - Letter to Attorney General
Posted on 24 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A group of immigration attorneys and advocates representing mothers and children being held at a family immigration detention center in Pennsylvania have requested the state attorney general close the facility. The Berks County Residential Center... Read More

Reentry Cases Clog Penn. Courts
Posted on 7 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration cases were almost nonexistent in Western Pennsylvania's federal courts until 2005. The caseload since then, Mr. Hickton said, is "largely a function of what the investigative agencies bring to us," adding that immigration... Read More

Why Everyone Should Fear E-Verify: David Bier
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Pennsylvania House Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) ... has proposed a new bill that would mandate the use of the controversial employment verification program. But Metcalfe is wrong -- all Pennsylvanians should fear E-Verify, which... Read More

J-1 Visa Workers Strike McDonald's in Pennsylvania
Posted on 7 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Alleging unpaid wages and repeated retaliation, McDonald’s workers in central Pennsylvania launched a surprise strike at 11 this morning. The strikers are student guest workers from Latin America and Asia, brought to the United States under... Read More

American Citizen Arrested, Jailed as Suspected 'Alien,' Lawsuit Filed
Posted on 16 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Plaintiff Angelica Davila is a U.S. citizen who was born in Mexico. Local and federal officials nonetheless collaborated to detain her by the side of the road for several hours and imprison her at the Allegheny County Jail for eleven hours based... Read More

Guest Worker Visa Troubles Visit McDonald's
Posted on 9 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"For Argentine college student Jorge Rios, a U.S. government cultural-exchange program had huge appeal: He would earn money and use it to explore the country. But after spending $3,000 to participate, Mr. Rios said he found himself at the mercy of... Read More

Pennsylvania Mandates E-Verify for State Public Works Contractors and Subcontractors
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On July 5, 2012, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Act No. 127 (formerly Senate Bill 637 ), The Public Works Employment Verification Act. ... The law mandates all public works contractors and subcontractors with the state... Read More

Detention Habeas Victory in Pennsylvania: Bautista v. Sabol
Posted on 25 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Raymond Lahoud writes: "We had a very good victory today in the MDPA with respect to mandatory detention. This is a case that I have been working on for years and was before the BIA for oral arguments last year. The District Court granted our... Read More

Unpub. BIA Categorical Approach Victory: Matter of Calderon
Posted on 4 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Upon de novo review, we conclude that a conviction under 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 6312(d) does not qualify categorically as a conviction for an aggravated felony under section 101 (a)(43)(1) of the Act, such that it would render the respondent... Read More

CA3 on CIMT: Hernandez-Cruz v. Attorney General
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Hernandez-Cruz argues that his Pennsylvania conviction for child endangerment does not constitute a crime involving moral turpitude (“CIMT”) because his statute of conviction “may be violated without implicating conduct that the... Read More

Penn Law Professor Finds "Crimmigration" Disproportionately Impacts Latinos
Posted on 11 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The days of widely tolerated prejudice against Latino individuals in the United States have long passed. But in a recent paper, " Perpetuating the Marginalization of Latinos: A Collateral Consequence of the Incorporation of Immigration... Read More