Immigration Law

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Texas Supreme Court on Immigration Detention, Licensure, Standing: Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS
Posted on 17 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS "In this suit, we determine whether the plaintiffs have standing to challenge a Department of Family and Protective Services licensing rule governing immigration detention centers. The court of appeals concluded that... Read More

Lawsuit Filed Challenging ICE Interference with Legal Representation at Dilley
Posted on 3 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, June 1, 2017 - Dilley Pro Bono Project v. ICE, No. (D.D.C. filed June 1, 2017) "This case stems from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) decision to bar Caroline Perris, a full-time legal assistant with the Dilley Pro Bono Project... Read More

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project
Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"You can call it a 'Family Residential Center' but it is a prison…That's not what these women and children deserve." - Leslie Holman, AILA President "Immigrants' rights and immigrant legal services groups are announcing... Read More

Tags: clinic , cara , raices , aila , aic , Texas , karnes , dilley

Refugee Moms, Kids Languish in Texas Immigration Gulags
Posted on 15 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Workers are putting the finishing touches on rows of barracks in a 50-acre camp here, the largest immigration detention center in the country. It houses thousands of women and their children who were caught crossing the border illegally and are... Read More

Tags: Texas , karnes , dilley

ICE to Close Artesia, Will Move Refugees to Texas Jails; Protesters Rally at UT
Posted on 18 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Obama administration confirmed Tuesday it is closing a controversial family detention center it had quickly set up in a remote New Mexico community this summer following a surge of Central American children and parents crossing the southwest... Read More

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel... Read More

Tags: eloy , detention , Arizona , buch , CCA , ICE , Texas , dilley

Giant South Texas Immigration Jail for Refugee Moms, Kids Set to Open
Posted on 16 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DILLEY, Tex. — "Jeh C. Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, came to this South Texas outpost on Monday to open the country’s largest immigration detention facility and draw attention to border security measures that are part of... Read More

Costly Bonds Leave Women Refugees Languishing in Detention
Posted on 18 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ever since thousands of Central Americans sought asylum in Texas last summer, the White House has been trying to stop other families from doing the same. One of its most controversial tactics is to lock up asylum-seeking women and children in detention... Read More

The Refugee Jail Deep in the Heart of Texas
Posted on 18 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aseem Mehta, Dec. 2015 - "While families fleeing the Middle East continue to dominate the news, the U.S. government has quietly built a gargantuan detention center for Central American migrants." Read More

Judge Prohibits Texas from Licensing Family Detention Centers as Childcare Facilities
Posted on 22 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, Nov. 20, 2015 - "Grassroots Leadership today won a temporary injunction in its suit to stop the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from licensing family detention centers in Karnes and Dilley as childcare facilities... Read More

Hundreds of Asylum-Seekers Released After Texas Court Ruling
Posted on 8 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tina Vasquez, Rewire, Dec. 5, 2016 - "After more than a year of court proceedings, a judge in Texas issued a final judgment late Friday afternoon, preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing child-care licenses... Read More

Feds Planning Massive Family Immigration Jail in South Texas
Posted on 6 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials are planning a new for-profit family detention lockup for immigrant children and their parents in South Texas. The 2,400-bed “South Texas Family Detention Center”—as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is... Read More

Barbara Hines, Denise Gilman Play Key Role in Defending Detained Refugee Kids, Moms in Texas
Posted on 1 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 31, 2016 - "More than 120 women with children — loaded into government vehicles and shuffled from city to city — arrived this month at the immigrant family detention center in Dilley, adding... Read More

Tags: hutto , clinic , gilman , hines , law , ut , Texas , karnes , dilley

Texas Court Issues Temporary Injunction Prohibiting Licensing of Dilley Family Detention Camp
Posted on 2 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, June 1, 2016 - " In a major victory for advocates, an Austin judge has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a child care license under lowered... Read More

Deportations Stopped for 12 Immigrants Targeted in Raids
Posted on 6 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AP, Jan. 5, 2016 - "Some of the first Central American families targeted by immigration authorities in recent raids have had their deportations temporarily halted. Lawyers said Tuesday that they've managed to temporarily stop deportation proceedings... Read More