Immigration Law

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The Deported Americans
Posted on 5 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brooke Jarvis, California Sunday Magazine, Jan. 31, 2019 "More than 600,000 U.S.-born children of undocumented parents live in Mexico. What happens when you return to a country you’ve never known?" Read More

William Suess Thought He Was An American Until The Day He Was Deported
Posted on 28 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Born in Germany but raised in Missouri, “Wild Bill” Suess served in the Army, then did time for various crimes. But he didn’t know what prison really was until strict immigration laws left him to fend for himself at a grim shelter... Read More

The Price For Deporting an American Child? $32K (Ruiz v. USA)
Posted on 5 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC writes - "Some say the wheels of justice turn slowly; however, when justice is finally delivered it is sweet. After more than two years of litigation, the U.S. government has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Leonel Ruiz on behalf of his minor... Read More

Naturalized American Wins 2014 Boston Marathon
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Meb Keflezighi pulled away from a star-studded men’s field Monday at the 118th Boston Marathon, then held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya to become the first American man to win the race in 31 years. Keflezighi, the 2009 New York City Marathon... Read More

11-Year-Old American Boy Locked Up in Immigration Jail
Posted on 18 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An 11-year-old boy — one of hundreds who have been shuttled to an immigration detention facility in the middle of the New Mexican desert — was released this week after it was discovered that he is a U.S. citizen, according to the child's... Read More

American Finally Receives Proof of Being...American
Posted on 29 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It took nearly 15 years, numerous appeals to lawmakers and a battalion of guardian angel lawyers, but Cerrina Foster finally has a country to call home — and the paperwork to prove it. Friday, the 14-year-old stood in a federal office, raised... Read More

American teen, wrongly deported to Colombia, returns to U.S., family
Posted on 7 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Texas teenager who was deported to Colombia after claiming to be an [unauthorized] immigrant was reunited with her family in the United States on Friday. The 15-year-old girl is at the center of an international mystery over how a minor could... Read More

Mom of Deported Teen Runaway Files Federal Lawsuit
Posted on 23 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The mother of a teenage Dallas runaway who immigration authorities shipped to South America after she provided a false name has filed a civil rights suit against top federal officials claiming her daughter was illegally detained and deported... Read More

Deported teen returns to US. How many Americans are mistakenly banished?
Posted on 7 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Jakadrien Turner's deportation has shined a light on an immigration system in which mistakes can and do happen. Experts worry that the rate of mistaken deportations is on the uptick." - CSM, Jan. 7, 2012 . Read More

ICE deports American Colombia
Posted on 5 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

How do you mistake a 14-year-old African-American teenager, who speaks no Spanish, for a 22-year-old undocumented Colombian? Easy, if your heart is ICE-cold and your brain is switched off. Reporting from WFAA in Dallas , the Dallas Morning News , and... Read More

American Children, Now Struggling to Adjust to Life in Mexico
Posted on 19 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Jeffrey Isidoro sat near the door of his fifth-grade classroom here in central Mexico, staring outside through designer glasses that, like his Nike sneakers and Nike backpack, signaled a life lived almost entirely in the United States. His parents... Read More

Cascade of failures by U.S., Colombian officials led to deportation of American teen
Posted on 6 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

If you are Black, female and a minor, it's easy for government officials to give you short shrift. SELWYN CRAWFORD, DIANNE SOLÍS and JASON TRAHAN have the story in the Dallas Morning News . Read More

America citizen sues for Social Security number
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Carlos Muñoz, born in Pharr, Texas, filed an application and produced numerous documents, including a Texas birth certificate, but only ever got the runaround from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Time after time, month after... Read More

Deportation of U.S. Teen to Colombia Latest Failure of Immigration System
Posted on 7 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The family of a Dallas teenager Jakadrien Turner is demanding answers after she was deported to Colombia, despite the fact that she is a U.S. citizen and speaks no Spanish. Turner, a 15-year-old African-American runaway, was living in Houston... Read More

ICE 'Detains' American Man for Three Days, No Apology
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At the end of January, a 21-year-old Gunnison County man went through what might be described as an Orwellian ordeal that seems to have been a result of racial profiling. Bernardo Medina was picked up and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs... Read More