Immigration Law

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What Title 42 Has Wrought
Posted on 27 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yael Schacher, May 26, 2022 "... Refugees International has received hundreds of requests for help and information from asylum seekers in both Reynosa and Piedras Negras who wanted to understand what would happen on May 23. It has been difficult... Read More

Two Years of Suffering: Biden Administration Continues Use of Discredited Title 42 Order to Flout Refugee Law
Posted on 17 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Human Rights First, Mar. 16, 2022 "For two years, the U.S. government has illegally blocked and expelled people seeking refuge at the southern U.S. border despite U.S. laws and treaties created to protect them. Since March 20, 2020 , the U.S. Department... Read More

CDC Keeps Title 42 Expulsions In Place
Posted on 4 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, Feb. 4, 2022 "After a recent internal review, the Biden administration decided to maintain a pandemic-era order put in place under former President Donald Trump that authorizes the rapid deportation of migrants... Read More

Biden Eyes Ending Trump's Illegal Title 42 Blockade
Posted on 21 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stef W. Kight, Axios, June 20, 2021 "The White House is considering ending — as early as July 31 — the use of a Trump-era public health order that's let U.S. border officials quickly turn back migrant families to Mexico, Axios has... Read More

Building Better, Not Backward: Learning from the Past to Design Sound Border Asylum Policy
Posted on 29 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yael Schacher, Dec. 18, 2020 "During his first week in office, President-elect Biden should issue an executive order on border asylum policy that departs dramatically from that which President Trump put forth during his first week. President Biden’s... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees , Trump , asylum

Court Strikes Down Trump's Second Asylum Ban: CAIR Coalition v. Trump
Posted on 1 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CAIR Coalition, July 1, 2020 "On Tuesday, Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down President Trump’s second asylum ban, ending a restrictive policy that had virtually halted asylum at the southern... Read More

Tags: Trump , asylum , border

Trump Is Using the Pandemic to Flout Immigration Laws
Posted on 11 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lucas Guttentag and Stefano M. Bertozzi, May 11, 2020 "For more than a month, under the guise of fighting the coronavirus, the Trump administration has used the nation’s public health laws as a pretext for summarily deporting refugees and... Read More

Asylum Update: Ninth Circuit Deals Two Defeats to the Trump Administration
Posted on 3 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Peter Margulies, Mar. 3, 2020 "On Feb. 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued decisions that cast substantial doubt on the legality of two Trump administration rules on asylum. In a surprising decision in Innovation Law Lab... Read More

Groups Sue to Challenge 'Weaponization' of Immigration Courts: Las Americas v. Trump
Posted on 18 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Innovation Law Lab, Dec. 18, 2019 "The past two decades have seen an explosion in immigrant incarceration. Many thousand live in fear of being jailed or deported, torn from communities across the country. Central to this system of incarceration... Read More

Expert: Will 'Court of Public Opinion' Sway White House, Supreme Court on Asylum Rules?
Posted on 16 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Sept. 13, 2019 "A U.S. Supreme Court decision this week allowing President Donald Trump's administration to proceed with a near complete ban on asylum across the southern border while the policy is litigated will... Read More

Supreme Court Stays Asylum Injunction: Signal on the Merits or Procedural Snag?
Posted on 12 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Peter Margulies, Sept. 12, 2019 "On Sept. 11, the Supreme Court stayed a preliminary injunction imposed by Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the third country asylum rule recently issued... Read More

Supreme Court Allows Feds to Enforce Restrictive Asylum Rule Nationwide
Posted on 12 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Howe, Sept. 11, 2019 "The Trump administration won a major (if, at least for now, only temporary) victory on immigration today at the Supreme Court. The justices gave the government the go-ahead to enforce a new rule that would bar most immigrants... Read More

Migrant 'Protection' Protocols: A Report from the Front Lines
Posted on 10 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Stacy Caplow and Prof. Maryellen Fullerton, Sept. 10, 2019 "The laws and policies protecting refugees and asylum seekers in the United States are under sustained assault. Since 1980, Congress has provided that noncitizens in the United States... Read More

Judge Restores Nationwide Block of New Asylum Rule
Posted on 9 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Dinzeo, CNS, Sept. 9, 2019 "Citing the need to “maintain uniform immigration policy,” a federal judge on Monday restored a nationwide block of a Justice Department rule that makes asylum seekers ineligible for refugee status unless... Read More

Detained Children Must Have Adequate Food, Hygiene Items: Court
Posted on 16 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15, 2019 "In a case that dramatized the plight of children detained at the border, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order requiring immigration authorities to provide minors with adequate food, water... Read More