Immigration Law

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City of Albuquerque, State of New Mexico Sue Trump Administration over Immigration Policies
Posted on 12 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gov. Lujan Grisham, June 10, 2019 "Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced her office, on behalf of the state of New Mexico, is suing the U.S. government in an effort to halt the Trump administration’s indiscriminate practice of releasing... Read More

Ken Cuccinelli, USCIS and the FVRA: Steve Vladeck
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Steve Vladeck, June 10, 2019 " The last time I wrote about the Trump administration’s abuse of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA) of 1998 , I opened with Yogi Berra’s famous quip that “it’s like déjà vu... Read More

Fallout from Trump’s Muslim Ban: Requiring Use of Social Media on Visa Application Forms - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, June 10, 2019 "On May 31, 2019, the State Department added new questions to visa application forms , DS-160/DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application and Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application. Visa applicants now have to disclose the... Read More

Over $25 Million Dollars per Mile - Trump's Border Wall
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gus Bova, Texas Observer, May 28, 2019 "When the federal government builds a border wall, the taxpayer foots two bills. First, there’s the cost to get the thing built, a figure proclaimed in presidential budget requests and press accounts... Read More

Tags: wall , Trump , border

Trump Proposes Steep Tariffs on Mexican Imports to Control Southern Border
Posted on 31 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYT, May 30, 2019 - "President Trump said Thursday that he planned to impose a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods from Mexico beginning June 10, a tax that he said would “gradually increase” until Mexico stopped the flow of undocumented... Read More

Tags: Mexico , tariffs , Trump , border

“Merit-Based” Immigration: Trump Proposal Would Dramatically Revamp Immigrant Selection Criteria, But with Modest Effects on Numbers
Posted on 30 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MPI Policy Brief, May 30, 2019 "President Donald Trump’s proposal to “create a fair, modern, and lawful system of immigration” has, despite its high-profile Rose Garden rollout on May 16, met a decidedly lackluster reception,... Read More

Sierra Club v. Trump: Court Partially Blocks Border Wall
Posted on 28 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Parton, Courthouse News Service, May 24, 2019 "A federal judge Friday has partially blocked the Trump administration from building parts of a wall along the southern border and blocks the transfer of nearly $1 billion in funds from the Defense... Read More

Presidential Memo on Means-Tested Benefits
Posted on 24 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, May 23, 2019 "PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDA Memorandum on Enforcing the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Aliens By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby... Read More

Presiding Under Pressure
Posted on 21 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beth Fertig, WNYC, May 21, 2019 "Meet the new judges working in New York City's immigration court under the Trump administration's higher caseload demands and stricter asylum rules." Read More

Expert: Any Regulatory 'Reform' of Flores Settlement Would Trigger Lawsuit (Law360)
Posted on 21 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicole Narea, Law360, May 20, 2019 "The 1997 Flores Settlement, which stems from a 1985 class action known as Flores filed on behalf of migrant kids in government detention, limits the amount of time minors can spend in immigration detention, among... Read More

Expert: Trump's Immigration Proposal Would Be a 'Big Departure' from Current Law
Posted on 17 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABIGAIL ABRAMS AND ALANA ABRAMSON, Time Magazine, May 16, 2019 "Drafted by top advisers Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller, the proposal outlines an immigration system that focuses mostly on those with specific professional skills and education,... Read More

The Facts Behind the Guatemalan Exodus
Posted on 13 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roger Cohen, New York Times, May 10, 2019 "... Pablo told me about the hunger and fear on the weeklong road to the border. Meager rice and beans offered once a day. Being herded this way and that by coyotes — the smugglers he’d paid... Read More

Pres. Proc. 9880 on Migration, Southern Border (May 8, 2019)
Posted on 13 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 92 / Monday, May 13, 2019 "... I have determined to extend the suspension and limitation, as set forth below, on entry into the United States through the southern border established by Proclamation 9822 and extended... Read More

Proposed Trump Rule Could Make American Kids Homeless
Posted on 10 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tracy Jan, Washington Post, May 10, 2019 "The Department of Housing and Urban Development acknowledged that a Trump administration plan to purge undocumented immigrants from public housing could displace more than 55,000 children, all of whom are... Read More

Tags: carson , homeless , HUD , Trump

Muslim Ban / Travel Ban Lawsuit Moves Forward
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, May 3, 2019 "A federal court has rejected the Trump administration’s bid to outright dismiss IRAP v. Trump, a lawsuit challenging the president’s Muslim ban executive order that bars people from select Muslim-majority countries... Read More