Immigration Law

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President Declares National Emergency on Southern Border
Posted on 16 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Feb. 15, 2019 "The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency. The southern border is a major entry... Read More

President Signs 'Border Bill' Into Law
Posted on 16 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Feb. 15, 2019 "On Friday, February 15, 2019, the President signed into law: H.J.Res. 31, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019,” Divisions A through G of the enrolled bill provide full-year funding for fiscal year... Read More

Tags: shutdown , Trump , border

CA3 Upholds Philadelphia's 'Sanctuary Cities' Victory Against Feds
Posted on 16 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Philadelphia v. Attorney General "Concluding that Congress did not grant the Attorney General this authority, we hold that the Challenged Conditions were unlawfully imposed. Therefore, we will affirm the District Court’s order to the extent... Read More

Will Trump Build a Migrant Baby Jail on a Toxic Landfill?
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Earthjustice, Feb. 12, 2019 "Earthjustice released a report that highlights how a migrant detention center for unaccompanied children is slated to be placed on top of a former landfill and could have damaging effects on children’s health... Read More

South Texas Wildlife Refuge Files Restraining Order Against Feds Over Border Wall Construction
Posted on 12 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gus Bova, The Texas Observer, Feb. 1, 2019 " Late Monday evening, attorneys for the National Butterfly Center asked a federal judge to block the Trump administration from building a border wall at the refuge or using the center’s property... Read More

Trump Extends Border Proclamation 90 Days (Feb. 7, 2019)
Posted on 8 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Feb. 7, 2019 Officially published in the Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 29 / Tuesday, February 12, 2019 "In Proclamation 9822 of November 9, 2018 (Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States), I found... Read More

Former Consular Officer: "There Really Is No Waiver" for Muslim Travel Ban
Posted on 6 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Emami v. Nielsen "[E]xhibits in the complaint ... include a declaration by a former consular officer, Christopher Richardson, Esq., who was employed by the United States Department of State from 2011 to 2018, and most recently as American Citizens... Read More

The Travel Ban at Two: Rocky Implementation Settles into Deeper Impacts
Posted on 5 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti, Jessica Bolter, Migration Policy Institute, Jan. 31, 2019 "... The travel ban and related policies have thus significantly reshaped the entire refugee program. Possible Future Developments One of the reasons the Supreme Court... Read More

The Trump Administration’s Lawlessness at the Border: Stories from Tijuana - Sophia Genovese
Posted on 3 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sophia Genovese, Feb. 3, 2019 "Following the law should not be a radical idea. Yet the governments of the United States and Mexico somehow find advocacy for the codified rights of asylum seekers reprehensible. I travelled to Tijuana in mid-January... Read More

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman: How Trump Era Immigration Enforcement Violates the Law
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Jan. 25, 2019 "Since the Trump era began more than two years ago with the election of 2016, the administration has put into place an increasingly draconian legal regime of restrictions against immigrants. Navigating these... Read More

Government shutdown claims immigration judge paychecks as morale hits "historic low"
Posted on 23 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kate Smith, CBS News, Jan. 23, 2019 "The nation's roughly 400 immigration judges are getting hit hard by the government shutdown: They're about to miss their second paycheck. About three-quarters have been furloughed and unable to work... Read More

Trump 'Compromise' Bill Exposed as Sham, Loaded with Poison Pills
Posted on 22 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Greg Sargent, Washington Post, Jan. 22, 2019 "President Trump and his allies have spent days talking up the idea that his new proposal to reopen the government constitutes a “compromise.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky... Read More

Tags: shutdown , Trump , border

Cancelled Immigration Court Hearings Grow as Shutdown Continues
Posted on 15 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 14, 2019 "Since the beginning of the federal government shutdown, most Immigration Court hearings have been cancelled . As of January 11, the estimated number of cancellations reached 42,726. Each week the shutdown continues, cancelled... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Trump Can Provide a Potential Path to Citizenship for H-1B Visa Holders
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Jan. 14, 2019 "On Friday, January 11, 2019, many were intrigued by President Trump’s tweet assuring H-1B visas that they should expect a potential path to citizenship. This is what he tweeted : “H1-B holders in the United... Read More

Tags: tweets , mehta , H-1B , Trump

Expert: Focus on USCIS H-1B Policy, Not Trump's Tweets
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Jan. 14, 2019 - "On January 11, 2019, Donald Trump surprised the business and policy community by announcing via Twitter that positive “changes are coming soon” for H-1B visa holders. What does this announcement... Read More