Immigration Law

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New Utah Law Protects Immigrants
Posted on 10 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Apr. 9, 2019 "Utah is known for its red rock canyons, steep ski slopes, and a mega-majority Republican legislature. And now it can be recognized as one of just a handful of states to pass legislation that helps noncitizens avoid deportation... Read More

ICE Military-Style Warrantless Home Invasion Triggers ACLU Lawsuit
Posted on 1 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Utah, Feb. 27, 2018 - "On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the ACLU of Utah Foundation, Inc. announced a new lawsuit filed against United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S Marshals over two SWAT-style, home raids on a Utah... Read More

Tags: raid , ACLU , reddish , swat , lawsuit , Utah , Ramirez , ICE

CA10 on Chevron, Aggravated Felony: Rangel-Perez v. Lynch
Posted on 2 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rangel-Perez v. Lynch, Mar. 1, 2016 - "Petitioner Fabian Rangel-Perez challenges the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) characterization of his Utah misdemeanor conviction as an “aggravated felony” under the Immigration... Read More

UPIL Victory in Utah: New Consultant Registration Law
Posted on 13 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Businesses providing immigration consulting services will be required to register with the state and face fines up to $5,000 for unscrupulous behavior, as Utah attempts to crack down on identify fraud and predatory practices that take advantage... Read More

Slammer Time For Utah Immigration Attorney For Alien Smuggling, H-2B Visa Fraud
Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"James Hector Alcala, age 46, a Salt Lake City attorney, will serve 56 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and alien smuggling and one count of visa fraud. ... Alcala was indicted in July... Read More

Utah Supreme Court on Post-Conviction Relief: Meza v. State
Posted on 20 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aaron Tarin writes: "Federal immigration law has long condemned immigrants here in Utah for "convictions" that the State of Utah itself does not consider to be "convictions" at all. What's worse, the State took the position... Read More

Deferred Action Victory in Utah
Posted on 7 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Three sisters who tearfully begged for a chance to go before a judge to avoid deportation within days were granted something beyond what they imagined. A yearlong stay in Utah, courtesy of the federal government. Avelar and her two sisters —... Read More

Utah's Immigration Court Backlogged Over One Year
Posted on 18 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Utah’s immigration court has been stretched so thin since Judge Dustin Pead left in August to become a federal magistrate, several local attorneys say their pending cases have been pushed back well into 2014." - David Montero, Salt Lake... Read More

Key Provisions of Utah's Anti-Immigrant Law Struck Down
Posted on 19 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal district court today issued a decision blocking several components of Utah’s HB 497, an Arizona-style anti-immigrant law passed in 2011 that threatened the basic civil rights of all Utahns. In its order, the court blocked key provisions... Read More

Utah Charts Own Course on Refugees - WSJ
Posted on 28 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MIriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal, Mar. 27, 2016 - "Amid concerns over potential terrorists infiltrating the U.S., Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah has repeatedly pledged to keep the welcome sign hanging for refugees while most of his Republican counterparts... Read More

Tags: refugees , Jordan , Utah

Utah Woman Faces Deportation After Losing Appeal
Posted on 13 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Kairi Shepherd was an orphan living in India when a Utah woman adopted her in 1982 — a seemingly good turn of luck for the 3-month-old, which included her obtaining legal permanent resident status in the United States. But when she was... Read More

Department of Justice Challenges Utah’s Immigration Law
Posted on 23 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Justice today challenged Utah’s immigration law, which comes after recent lawsuits in Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina. In a complaint, filed in the District of Utah, the department states that several provisions... Read More

Tags: lawsuit , Utah , justice

Utah Immigration Scams Increasing, Prosecutors Say
Posted on 23 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Prosecutors not only warned Wednesday that immigration scams are increasing, but launched a drive to persuade victims to come forward to help stop them — promising they need not worry about deportation if they do, and may even obtain a visa... Read More

Utah Immigration Law Could Hinge on Fate of Arizona’s
Posted on 1 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Karen Tumlin, managing attorney with NILC, said HB497 would be unconstitutional because it would require a person to wait while local police verified legal status — even after the original reason for a stop had been resolved by either... Read More

On Father's Day, Visa Laws Block Family Reunification
Posted on 17 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Jhan Jensen’s fingers barely graze the screen of the iPad. It’s the closest he can get to his 14-month-old daughter. For more than 11 months, these once-a-week video conferences are sources of joy and pain. She has taken her first steps... Read More