Immigration Law

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Class Action Victory in Seattle! - Mendez Rojas v. Johnson (Asylum, One-Year Rule, Notice)
Posted on 30 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, Mar. 29, 2018 - "On March 29, 2018, the District Court granted Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment . The court found that the failure to provide all class members with notice of the one-year asylum application period violates Congressional... Read More

Seattle Limits ICE Detainers
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Moments ago, the King County Council passed an ordinance ( 2013-0285 ) that would establish clear guidelines for local law enforcement's involvement in federal immigration enforcement and make our communities safer. The ordinance, co-sponsored... Read More

DACAmented Youth in Seattle Arrested by ICE, Files Habeas Petition (Updated Feb. 15, 2017)
Posted on 15 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel Levine and Kristina Cooke, Reuters, Feb. 14, 2017 - "U.S. authorities have arrested an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and later given a work permit during the Obama administration in what could... Read More

H-1B Litigation Victory in Seattle: Abdur-Rahman v. Napolitano
Posted on 27 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Devin Theriot-Orr writes: "Rashid Abdur-Rahman and his family are one of many who have been caught up in USCIS's change in policy regarding what constitutes an employer-employee relationship for purposes of H1B status. USCIS approved his H1B... Read More

Federal Court Rules Immigrant Detainees Must Be Given Bond Hearings (Khoury v. Asher)
Posted on 12 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal court ruled late yesterday that a class of immigrants detained at the Tacoma-based Northwest Detention Center must be given bond hearings. The court’s decision comes at the same time that hundreds of immigrant detainees are participating... Read More

WDA Hiring Immigration Project Resource Attorney
Posted on 4 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"WDA seeks a full-time immigration resource attorney to join WDAIP staff. The position is funded for one year beginning July 1, 2012, and WDA is committed to seeking additional full-time funding to continue the position. The position is based... Read More

Seattle Co. Pays $40K+ to Settle I-9 Discrimination Case
Posted on 28 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with SK Food Group Inc., a company based in Seattle, resolving claims that the company used discriminatory document practices when verifying the work authority of non-citizens. The department’s... Read More

Unpub. BIA Unicorn Trifecta on Cancellation in Seattle
Posted on 12 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Manuel “Manny” Francisco Rios III writes: "Attached is a unicorn of the month for us - a reversal of an over-the-top IJ denial of 10 yr cancellation. The IJ denied the e-42B on three separate grounds: adverse credibility, lack of requisite... Read More

Detained Dreamer's Lawyers Say Government Doctored Legal Document to Try and Prove False Gang Affiliation
Posted on 17 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sydney Brownstone, Feb. 16, 2017 - "Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina, the twice-authorized, 23-year-old DACA recipient who was scooped up by immigration enforcement near Seattle last week, say that government officials doctored a legal document... Read More

Lawsuit: Immigration officials wrongly held man for 7 months
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Seattle-area man detained by immigration authorities for nearly seven months now claims he was wrongly arrested at Sea-Tac Airport while attempting to fly to Alaska. Describing his arrest as “an arbitrary and indefensible loss of liberty... Read More

CBP bars Russian engineers headed for Boeing, Seattle: B-1 in lieu of H-1B?
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport denied entry Friday to 15 Russian engineers from Boeing's Moscow Design Center and sent them back to Russia. The incident caused the company to suspend... Read More

DOJ to Court Watchers: 'Move Along, Nothing to See Here'
Posted on 20 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department said Thursday that it will block video recordings of next month’s closing arguments in a Seattle court case that addresses the rights of child migrants to legal counsel in deportation proceedings. A DOJ spokesperson... Read More

Seattle Sues Trump Over Sanctuary Cities Threat
Posted on 30 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NPR, Mar. 30, 2017 - "Saying that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threat to strip billions in federal grant money from so-called "sanctuary cities" is illegal and unconstitutional, the city of Seattle has sued President Trump and his... Read More