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

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

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

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

Court Strikes Down Trump Administration Policy Barring Refugees From Asylum
Posted on 2 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Aug. 2, 2019 "The federal District Court for the District of Columbia today ruled in O.A. v. Trump that the Trump Administration cannot bar refugees from asylum for crossing between ports of entry. The suit was brought by the Capital Area... Read More

Second Lawsuit Filed to Block Trump Asylum Rule
Posted on 17 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, July 16, 2019 "The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is proud to be a plaintiff and co-counsel in a new lawsuit challenging President Trump’s rule barring asylum... Read More

Tags: Trump , asylum , border

Trump Attempts to Limit Asylum
Posted on 15 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, July 15, 2019 "The Trump administration on Monday moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico... Read More

Tags: Trump , asylum , border

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

Asylum Officers Mere Pawns in Trump's Deadly Border Game - Vox Exclusive
Posted on 3 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, May 2, 2019 "The first time that one immigration officer interviewed an asylum seeker under new Trump administration protocols, the officer went back to their hotel room, turned up the shower as hot as it would go, and tried to... Read More

Expert: Trump's Immigration Efforts 'Backfiring'...No 'Coherent Policy'
Posted on 10 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matt Kwong, CBC News, Apr. 9, 2019 "[F]or Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration-law professor at Cornell University , Nielsen was far from soft on immigration. "Secretary Nielsen will be perceived as the most hardline [Homeland Security] secretary... Read More