Immigration Law

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Yale-Bound Valedictorian Reveals Undocumented Status in Graduation Speech
Posted on 13 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eline de Bruijn, Dallas Morning News, June 9, 2016 - "Larissa Martinez has spent most of her life hiding her status as an unauthorized immigrant from her classmates at McKinney Boyd High School. But she worked for years to earn a platform for her... Read More

Federal Judge Declares ICE’s Nationwide Shackling Policy Unconstitutional
Posted on 10 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Judge Michael Ponsor declared the government’s nationwide policy of shackling detainees during immigration court proceedings unconstitutional, calling it an affront to a person’s dignity. Even the safety considerations cited by... Read More

Federal Court Slaps ICE, Grants Class Action
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Since he was taken into custody in November 2012 by immigration agents, New Havener Mark Reid has been fighting for his release. As of this week, dozens of other detainees can join his fight. Reid, who’s 49, will be the lead plaintiff... Read More

Immigration Raids Target Disabled Refugees
Posted on 6 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yale Law School Immigration Clinic, Jan. 5, 2015 - "By letter delivered this morning, more than 150 organizations served notice on federal officials that many of the Central American refugees targeted in recent immigration raids are disabled, as... Read More

Tags: disabled , letter , Yale , raids

Michael Wishnie Named William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law at Yale
Posted on 17 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Michael Wishnie ’93, a clinical professor of law at Yale Law School and director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO), has been named the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor... Read More

Tags: wishnie , Yale

Class Action Victory in Mass. 236(c) Litigation: Reid v. Donelan
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michael J. Wishnie , William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law and Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, Yale Law School, writes: "Yesterday afternoon, Judge Ponsor (D.Mass.) certified a class defined as: "All individuals who are or will... Read More

34-Year Delay in Natz. Adjudication Unlawful: Giammarco v. Johnson
Posted on 23 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On March 17, 2016, Judge Bryant issued a thirty-page opinion in Mr. Giammarco’s ... action to compel DHS to adjudicate his 1982 naturalization application. Judge Bryant denied the government’s motion to dismiss, granted Giammarco’s... Read More

Settlement of Detainers Lawsuit in Connecticut: Brizuela v. Feliciano
Posted on 20 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Feb. 19, 2013, Muneer I. Ahmad, Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School wrote: "Students in our Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic announced a settlement in Brizuela v. Feliciano , a suit filed in federal court last year challenging... Read More

Yale Law Worker & Immigration Rights Advocacy Clinic Lands One-Two Punch
Posted on 27 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, Mark Reid walked free . The next day, ICE caved on a detainer lawsuit . What next for Michael Wishnie and his students? Read More

$450K Settlement with East Haven, Conn. Includes 'Model' Immigration Component
Posted on 10 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The town of East Haven has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit by Latino residents. But perhaps the more significant part of the agreement, according to lawyers involved with the case, is that the town has agreed to greatly limit... Read More

Yale Law School immigration clinic files class action lawsuit challenging 'Secure Communities' detainers
Posted on 26 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An immigration law clinic at Yale Law School has filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging the use of detainers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and asked Wednesday that the suit be expedited now that ICE is rolling out Secure... Read More

A Defense of Immigration-Enforcement Discretion: The Legal and Policy Flaws in Kris Kobach’s Latest Crusade
Posted on 4 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

By David A. Martin*, Thursday, 20 December 2012 - " This Essay disputes the legal claims set forth in a recent lawsuit that seeks to invalidate a policy of the Department of Homeland Security. The policy gives protection against deportation to unauthorized... Read More

Residents Targeted in 2007 New Haven Immigration Raid Reach Landmark Settlement
Posted on 15 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

RESIDENTS TARGETED IN 2007 NEW HAVEN IMMIGRATION RAID REACH LANDMARK SETTLEMENT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 11 Plaintiffs to Receive $350,000 and Choice of Immigration Relief or Termination of Deportation Proceedings New Haven, Conn. – "Eleven... Read More

CBP Apologizes for SRK Detention
Posted on 14 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In reel life (read his blockbuster movie, My Name Is Khan ), Shah Rukh Khan succeeds in convincing the 'US President-elect Barack Obama' that he's not a terrorist. But in real life, the picture isn't as rosy for the Bollywood... Read More

Tags: srk , khan , cbp , Yale , lecture

New York 'Dreamer' Challenges Texas Judge's Nationwide Immigration Injunction - Batalla Vidal v. Baran
Posted on 26 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILC, Aug. 25, 2016 - "A first-of-its-kind lawsuit today opened up a new front in the defense of the Obama administration’s 2014 immigration relief initiatives, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents... Read More