Immigration Law

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CBP Memo: Updated Terminology for CBP Communications and Materials
Posted on 20 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CBP, Apr. 19, 2021 "This memorandum establishes updated language and aligns our communication practices with the Biden Administration’s guidance regarding immigration terminology. The Administration has provided guidance on the preferred... Read More

Tags: alien , cbp

Angelo A. Paparelli on Terminology
Posted on 18 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelo A. Paparelli, Feb. 18, 2021 "The English nursery rhyme was wrong. Not only do sticks and stones break our bones, but words can also hurt. This is the lesson recently imparted by the Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services... Read More

Tags: paparelli , Biden , alien , USCIS

Remarkable Pro Se CA5 Victory: Okpala v. Whitaker (denaturalization; relation-back)
Posted on 16 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Okpala v. Whitaker - "Petitioner Okey Garry Okpala [ pro se ]requests review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) affirming the immigration judge’s (“IJ”) deportation order. Because the BIA erred... Read More

Awaiting a Decision in Smith v. CBP, CA9
Posted on 10 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A curious case is currently under review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. John Smith, a Canadian vacationer, attempted to enter the United States to visit Arizona where he had been photographing skydiving and motorcycle events... Read More

New California Statutes Affect Immigrants, Regardless of Status
Posted on 11 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of immigration-related measures Monday, including one removing the word “alien” from California’s labor code because it is seen as a disparaging term for those not born in the United States. Brown... Read More

An Alien By Any Other Name...
Posted on 3 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Referring to immigrants as “aliens,” when “alien” is commonly understood to be derogatory (whether because it means foreign, or strange, or brings images of extraterrestrial space creatures to mind), not only reflects immigrants’... Read More

Tags: shannon , alien

Stop Calling People 'Aliens'
Posted on 28 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The use of the word “illegal” to describe non-citizens who are present in the United States without authorization is finally beginning to die a much-deserved death, at least in the mainstream press. ... Despite this trend, the term “alien”... Read More

Tags: shannon , illegal , alien

Federal Appeals Court: Term 'Alien' is 'Offensive and Demeaning'
Posted on 5 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We recognize that using the term “alien” to refer to other human beings is offensive and demeaning. We do not condone the use of the term and urge Congress to eliminate it from the U.S. Code." - Footnote 1, Flores, et al. v. USCIS... Read More

Rethinking Immigration: Stop the Alienation of Affection
Posted on 17 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelo Paparelli writes : "Times and phrasings have changed. We would never refer to people of color today, as "colored" -- the term generally used in the 1950s for African-Americans and other non-Caucasians. So, "aliens" -- the... Read More

Podcast: Texas Immigration Expert Dan Kowalski, Fowler Law Firm in Austin, on New Arizona Immigration Law
Posted on 23 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

On this edition, Dan Kowalski discusses the Arizona immigration law, the practical, legal and political issues it presents, and lawsuits filed challenging the law. Mr. Kowalski is an immigration lawyer with the Fowler Law Firm in Austin, Texas and is... Read More

Call Them 'Unauthorized'
Posted on 28 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Whether we use the word illegal or unauthorized, alien or migrant, or whether we call it a banana , the only thing that matters is whether, and when, we enact meaningful, and comprehensive, immigration reform . Toward that end, let's use language... Read More

Editor's Corner: If 'Unauthorized' is Good Enough for the Supreme Court...
Posted on 8 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Charles Garcia says the phrase "illegal immigrant" is a slur . Ruben Navarrette disagrees . The Supreme Court and I take a different tack altogether. In Arizona et al. v. United States , the majority opinion consistently uses the term "unauthorized"... Read More

Podcast - Immigration Law authors Dan Kowalski and Stephen Yale-Loehr Explain the EB-5 Investor Visa Program
Posted on 23 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

On this edition, Dan Kowalski, Editor-in-Chief of Bender's Immigration Bulletin and Stephen Yale-Loehr, co-author of the leading treatise, Immigration Law and Procedure, and of counsel at Miller Mayer in Ithaca, N.Y. discuss the origins of the EB... Read More

Key Provisions of Arizona Immigration Law Blocked
Posted on 29 Jul 2010 by Daniel M. Kowalski

By Daniel M. Kowalski, Attorney, The Fowler Law Firm PC Daniel M. Kowalski discusses the July 28, 2010 decision by Judge Susan R. Bolton in United States v. Ariz., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75558 (D. Ariz. 2010) . Mr. Kowalski is an immigration lawyer with... Read More

Tags: alien , Arizona

LexisNexis Matthew Bender Author Stephen Yale-Loehr Discusses USA v. Arizona in New York Times; Is Quoted in Wall Street Journal
Posted on 17 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton’s ruling in USA v. Arizona was discussed by Stephen Yale-Loehr, co-author of the LexisNexis Matthew Bender 20-volume treatise Immigration Law and Procedure , in The New York Times , July 29, 2010, under... Read More

Tags: alien , Arizona