Immigration Law

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How the Trump White House misled the world about its family separation policy: Terry Gross, Fresh Air
Posted on 12 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Terry Gross, Fresh Air, Aug. 11, 2022 " The Atlantic 's Caitlin Dickerson spent 18 months filing lawsuits for documents to put together the story of the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the border. "The... Read More

The Secret History of Family Separation
Posted on 8 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caitlin Dickerson, The Atlantic, August 2022 "... Trump-administration officials insisted for a whole year that family separations weren’t happening. Finally, in the spring of 2018, they announced the implementation of a separation policy... Read More

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

Cruelty as Border Policy: The Biden Administration Keeps in Place CBP’s “Consequence Delivery System”
Posted on 24 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, The Border Chronicle, Mar. 24, 2022 "In June 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a guide to determine the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the punishments meted out to unauthorized border-crossers. According to documents... Read More

Tags: Biden , cbp , Trump , border

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 Terminates Title 42 Expulsions for Unaccompanied Children
Posted on 13 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The 21-page, Mar. 11, 2022 CDC Order is here . The CDC Media Statement is here . Reporting by Camilo Montoya-Galvez is here . Read More

"Stochastic Terrorism" by QAnon Trumpers Forces Closure of Border Butterfly Sanctuary
Posted on 4 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sneha Dey, Texas Tribune, Feb. 2, 2022 "A South Texas butterfly sanctuary has closed after it was the target of conspiracy theories that escalated into credible threats. The National Butterfly Center, along the U.S.-Mexico border in Mission, has... Read More

Expert: What to Make of Biden's Defense of Title 42?
Posted on 25 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicole Narea, Vox, Jan. 25, 2022 "President Joe Biden’s administration is defending two of his predecessor’s more inhumane immigration policies in court: pandemic-related border restrictions and family separations. The Department of... Read More

Border Land, Seized by Trump for Wall, Returned to Family
Posted on 8 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, Dec. 7, 2021 "The Biden administration will return the land of a Texas family after seizing the property earlier this year for border wall construction, according to a Tuesday court filing. Since 2018, the Cavazos family... Read More

Tags: wall , Trump , border

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

GAO: Biden's Border Wall Pause OK
Posted on 17 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO Decision, June 15, 2021 "On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a Proclamation terminating a previous declaration of national emergency concerning the southern border of the United States issued by President Trump. Among other things,... Read More

Tags: Biden , Trump , border , GAO

Trump OLC Opines on Posse Comitatus, Military Support for CBP (Jan. 19, 2021)
Posted on 20 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

OLC, Jan. 19, 2021 - Military Support for Customs and Border Protection Along the Southern Border Under the Posse Comitatus Act "The Department of Defense’s proposed use of military personnel to provide limited assistance with respect to... Read More

Useful MPI Resources
Posted on 9 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From the Migration Policy Institute, Nov. 9, 2020 Useful MPI resources: A report cataloguing the more than 400 executive actions on immigration undertaken by the Trump administration, organized by topic and listing dates of actions. A... Read More

Tags: mpi , Biden , Trump , border

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

CA9: Trump Can't Use DoD Money for Border Wall
Posted on 26 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sierra Club v. Trump "We consider in this appeal challenges by the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (“SBCC”)1 to the Department of Defense’s budgetary transfers to fund construction of the wall on the... Read More