Immigration Law

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Coalition of State AGs Oppose Trump Asylum Rule: Letter
Posted on 16 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Aug. 15, 2019 "California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today led a multistate coalition in filing a comment letter opposing the Trump Administration’s... Read More

Why I Resigned as an Immigration Judge
Posted on 5 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ilyce Shugall, Aug. 4, 2019 "I have been an immigration lawyer dedicated to fairness and due process for immigrants my entire career. In 2015, convinced that my 18 years of experience as an advocate would make me a good immigration judge, I applied... 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

ACLU Sues to Block New Trump Asylum Rule
Posted on 16 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, et al., v. Barr et al., Case 3:19-cv-0407, N.D. Cal. Read More

Tags: ACLU , Trump , asylum

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

USCIS Asylum Officers: Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Policy Threatens Lives
Posted on 27 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, June 27, 2019 "U.S. asylum officers slammed President Trump’s policy of forcing migrants to remain in Mexico while they await immigration hearings in the United States, urging a federal appeals court Wednesday... 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

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

Presidential Memo on Asylum (Apr. 29, 2019)
Posted on 30 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Apr. 29, 2019 "Presidential Memorandum on Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System April 29, 2019 MEMORANDUM FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUBJECT... Read More

CLINIC Practice Advisory - Asylum Seekers Stranded in Mexico Because of the Trump Administration’s Restrictive Policies: Firm Resettlement Considerations
Posted on 25 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, Apr. 24, 2019 " ... [M]etering at the border continues and has resulted in thousands of individuals seeking asylum under U.S. law (“U.S. asylum seekers”) stranded on the Mexican side of the border. Practitioners should therefore... 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

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