Immigration Law

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Why Are Immigration Court Bonds Skyrocketing?
Posted on 25 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, July 23, 2018 - "Nothing in the law has changed regarding bonds," said Dan Kowalski, an immigration attorney and editor of an immigration law bulletin . "The only explanation I can think of is immigration... Read More

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez over Immigration Holds, Bonds
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Oct. 27, 2015 - "A federal civil rights suit was filed yesterday by 16 plaintiffs against Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez over bonds and the use of immigration holds requested by U.S. Immigration and... Read More

Refugee Kids Find Mixed Results in Texas
Posted on 5 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 4, 2015 - "The handwritten paper sign inside the temporary shelter elevated the hope of the freshly arrived migrant boys: “United we are invincible.” ​But by the end of the day, other Central... Read More

E.D. Penn. Upholds 2011 H-2B Wage Rule: Louisiana Forestry Assoc. v. Solis (CATA)
Posted on 22 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On January 19, 2011, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a new regulation to govern the calculation of the minimum wage that a United States employer must offer in order to recruit foreign workers as part of the H-2B visa program... Read More

Tags: cata , Solis , wage rule , H-2B

Advocates Call for Court-Appointed Attorneys for Immigrant Children and Teens
Posted on 28 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Two immigrant advocacy groups recommended this morning that minors in immigration court be appointed government attorneys and that asylum regulations be liberalized to cover the special needs of migrant minors who come into the U.S. unlawfully without... Read More

Harvard Grad Wins Double Award: Fellowship and DACA
Posted on 10 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Pierre Berastaín has focused his energies on what connects us, what restores us and what fortifies us. The graduate of R. L. Turner High in Carrollton is co-founder of the Boston-based Restorative Justice Collaborative . He’s working... Read More

Kids Seen More Often in Immigration Court
Posted on 21 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In a Dallas federal immigration courtroom, children as young as 12 are increasingly taking center stage. They are part of a troubling rise in unaccompanied minors charged with coming into Texas illegally — boys and girls in search of... Read More

Judges Decry 'Rocket Dockets' for Refugee Kids
Posted on 28 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Two federal immigration court judges criticized the fast-track deportation hearings for unaccompanied minors today and called for the courts to be made independent from the Justice Department. The judges, leaders in the National Association of... Read More

Rocket Dockets: Jettisoning Justice For Refugee Kids?
Posted on 1 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lawyers call them rocket dockets — court schedules that speed deportation hearings for Central American children who crossed the U.S. border without a parent. Some question whether the children are getting proper legal representation as immigration... Read More

Sanctuary Activists Risk Criminal Conviction - Kowalski
Posted on 18 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Jan. 17, 2017 - "Today's sanctuary movement is essentially a resurgence of a modern-day underground railroad that fanned out from southern Arizona decades ago. It became prominent in the 1980s as Central... Read More

Federal Judge Mulls Dallas DACA Lawsuit by ICE
Posted on 9 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge is expected to rule within a few weeks or even days on whether Congress has the primary right to amend deportation processes that create benefits for young immigrants, after a hearing Monday in a Dallas district court. Ten U.S. Immigration... Read More

Tags: daca , Crane , lawsuit , Dallas , Solis

Syrian Refugees to Settle in Dallas; Will Gov. Abbott Use Texas Rangers to Block Them?
Posted on 2 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 2, 2015 - "The state of Texas is asking the International Rescue Committee to halt its efforts to accept Syrian refugees in Dallas – some coming as soon as Friday – until the state receives... Read More

Tags: refugees , Solis , Texas , abbott

Refugee Children Face Test in Dallas Immigration Court
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The unaccompanied minors in the Dallas courtroom are all from Central America — El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras — where violence, poverty and false beliefs that U.S. authorities treat minors leniently have fueled the crisis at the... Read More

Asylum Requests From Mexico Triple, But Chances Aren't Good
Posted on 30 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Bety, who asked for anonymity, is one of thousands of Mexicans displaced by Mexico’s drug-related violence. Enough Mexicans are now fleeing that they’ve become the second-largest nationality, after the Chinese, to seek U.S. asylum, according... Read More

Tags: Mexico , Dallas , Solis , asylum