Immigration Law

Recent Posts

DHS Waives Laws to Build More Roads on Border (Advance Copy)
Posted on 16 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/17/2020 "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in... Read More

Tags: DHS , border , Texas

Another Border Law Waiver (Advance Copy)
Posted on 14 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 05/15/2020 "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in... Read More

Tags: waiver , border , Texas

CBP Responds to Public Comments Regarding the Construction of Border Wall within Certain Areas in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Posted on 29 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/30/2020 "On June 27, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice in the Federal Register (84 FR 30745), requesting public comments regarding the construction... Read More

Tags: cbp , border wall , Texas

MALDEF OK'd to Intervene in TX Baby Jail Litigation
Posted on 18 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Apr. 18, 2020 "A federal court on Friday allowed two San Antonio residents, who are seeking to block a for-profit company from opening a controversial detention center for migrant children, to intervene in a lawsuit. In February, MALDEF... Read More

Groups Sue ICE Over Detained Immigrants in Texas
Posted on 17 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Apr. 15, 2020 "Civil rights groups are suing the federal government seeking the release of medically vulnerable immigrants held at three Texas detention centers, according to a lawsuit filed today. MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense... Read More

Another Border Wall Law Waiver: Starr County, Texas
Posted on 14 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/15/2020 "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in... Read More

Tags: waiver , DHS , border , Texas

GAO Slaps CBP for $3.5M Border Tent Boondoggle
Posted on 10 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Apr. 9, 2020 "BORDER SECURITY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Management of a Temporary Facility in Texas Raised Concerns about Resources Used The number of people U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended on the southwest... Read More

Tags: cbp , border , Texas , GAO

TX Gov. Rejects New Refugees
Posted on 13 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2020 "Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday. ... It wasn’t... Read More

Will Trump Deport One of Texas' Best Prosecutors?
Posted on 3 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michael Hall, Texas Monthly, Dec. 19, 2019 "O n Monday morning, Pedro Villalobos stood in front of his new boss, Margaret Moore, the Travis County district attorney. The young lawyer, who wore a dark blue suit and a tie adorned with sunflowers... Read More

Tags: daca , Trump , Texas

Trump's 'Disposable Americans' - Texas Border Landowners
Posted on 26 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Zolan Kanno-Youngs, New York Times, Dec. 26, 2019 "Eminent domain lawyers and scholars said in interviews that landowners along the border have limited options once they receive a request from the government. They can voluntarily allow the authorities... Read More

Another DHS Waiver of Laws to Build More Border Barriers in Texas
Posted on 31 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 211 / Thursday, October 31, 2019 "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in order to ensure... Read More

Tags: waiver , DHS , border , Texas

Public (Including Media) Denied Access to Border Courts
Posted on 11 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 11, 2019 "Tent border courts for asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico under a Trump administration policy have opened for hearings Wednesday in Laredo, Texas — but few got to see inside as the public... Read More

Unpub. BIA Categorical Approach CIMT Victory (Texas, Burglary)
Posted on 6 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In this May 24, 2019 three-member panel decision (Malphrus, Liebowitz, Mullane) the BIA stated: "[W]e will reverse the Immigration Judge's determination that the respondent's burglary conviction is for a crime involving moral turpitude..... Read More

More Environmental Laws Waived for Border Barriers in Texas
Posted on 3 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 169 / Friday, August 30, 2019 "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in order to ensure the... Read More

Tags: waiver , DHS , border , Texas

Family Separation Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed
Posted on 20 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas Civil Rights Project, Aug. 19, 2019 "Contact: media@texascivilrightsproject.org Read the Original Complaint here. McAllen, Texas — The Texas Civil Rights Project and the Escamilla Law Firm filed a lawsuit against the federal government... Read More