Immigration Law

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Wa. Ct. App. on dependency: Matter of M.R.
Posted on 19 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After Carissa Paulos entered into an agreed order of dependency, the court entered an order placing her four-year-old daughter with the paternal grandparents. At the first dependency review hearing, the court removed M.R. from the care of her paternal... Read More

Immigration crackdowns cost Washington apple growers
Posted on 12 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn't forced them to leave some fruit on trees." Associated Press, Nov. 11, 2011 . Read More

Diplomatic Impunity: Trafficking Women to the United States in the Shadow of the White House
Posted on 3 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Human trafficking by diplomats poses little risk of prosecution. Or as the founder of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, Martina Vandenberg, puts it, “Diplomatic immunity is not a license to traffic, but it’s pretty close.”... Read More

Twelve States and D.C. Support Executive Action on Immigration, File Amicus Brief in Texas v. USA
Posted on 13 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Washington State Attorney General Ferguson spearheads legal brief in support of Obama Administration’s action on immigration “Friend-of-court” brief joined by 11 other states and the District of Columbia SEATTLE —... Read More

Who will pick Washington's apples?
Posted on 4 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On any given day in October, weather permitting, about 45,000 workers are needed to harvest Washington’s tree fruit. If all goes well, before the snow falls they will have picked about $1.5 billion worth of food. That’s for apples... Read More

Washington State Joins Tuition Equity Movement
Posted on 27 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Wednesday that expands state college financial aid to students who don't have legal status in the United States. The law is a key victory for immigrant advocates, and Washington joins California, Texas and New... Read More

Over 150 Activists, Including 8 Lawmakers, Arrested at D.C. Immigration Protest
Posted on 9 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As several thousand demonstrators rallied around them, eight members of the House of Representatives were arrested on Tuesday outside the Capitol in a protest to push Congress to pass broad immigration legislation that includes a path to citizenship... Read More

$225K Settlement in Wa. I-9 Tussle: Wa. Potato Co. & Pasco Processing
Posted on 18 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, May 17, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing, LLC, which operate a fruit and vegetable processing facility located in Pasco, Washington. The... Read More

Court Rules Law Enforcement Can't Prolong Stop to Question an Individual About Immigration Status
Posted on 18 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In a victory for fair treatment of immigrants, Pierce County Superior Court has found that local law enforcement officers cannot prolong a detention to question individuals about their immigration status, citizenship status, and/or country of origin... Read More

I-9 Audit Threatens Apple Packing Plant
Posted on 12 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Hundreds of workers at a central Washington apple-packaging company could be laid off after a federal immigration audit. Crunch Pak notified its employees Friday that they need to provide documents proving they can work in the United States legally... Read More

Class Action Lawsuits in Mass., Wa. Challenge Mandatory, No-Bond Detention
Posted on 9 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Gordon v. Napolitano is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of immigration detainees in Massachusetts who are unlawfully subject to mandatory, no-bond detention. Khoury v. Asher is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of immigration detainees... Read More

Federal court in Seattle enjoins removal of legal immigrants from Wa. state health plan
Posted on 27 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From the Seattle Times, Oct. 26, 2011 : "About 11,000 people who were kicked off the state's Basic Health insurance program for the working poor in March because of their immigration status will be allowed to re-enroll after a federal court... Read More

With migrant workers scared off by immigration crackdown, Wash. orchards desperate for pickers
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn’t forced them to leave some fruit on trees. Growers in Washington state, which produces about half of the nation’s apples, say the labor... Read More

Wa. Attorney General: Revised Travel Ban Still Subject to Injunction
Posted on 10 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Mar. 9, 2017 - "In documents filed in federal court Thursday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson contends that the injunction he obtained blocking key sections of President Trump’s... Read More

Wa. Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson Vows to Take Legal Action if Trump Cancels DACA
Posted on 4 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Sept. 4, 2017 - "Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement today following news reports that President Donald Trump plans to announce an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program... Read More