Immigration Law

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CA2 Rejects Matter of B-R-: Zepeda-Lopez v. Garland
Posted on 28 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Zepeda-Lopez v. Garland "Petition for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals entered December 14, 2018, dismissing an appeal from the decision of an Immigration Judge denying asylum and the withholding of removal to petitioners... Read More

Tags: asylum

Few Granted Asylum Under MPP 2.0
Posted on 15 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 14, 2022 "Case-by-case Immigration Court records current as of the end of May 2022 show that during the last six months, over 5,000 asylum seekers have been required to remain in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) while... Read More

CA9 on Persecution, Nicaragua: Flores Molina v. Garland (2-1)
Posted on 13 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores Molina v. Garland "Petitioner Mario Rajib Flores Molina (“Flores Molina”) participated in demonstrations against the ruling regime in his native Nicaragua, where he witnessed the murder of his friend and fellow protester by police... Read More

Tags: Nicaragua , asylum

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Asylum Work Permit Policies: Garcia Perez v. USCIS
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NILA, NWIRP, June 9, 2022 "Today, five asylum applicants filed a national class action lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) challenging policies and practices that... Read More

IJ Distinguishes Jaco, Grants Asylum (PSG = Honduran Women)
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hats off to Prof. Hiroko Kusuda for her victory in New Orleans Immigration Court ! IJ Eric Marsteller distinguished Jaco v. Garland, stating: "The Fifth Circuit in Jaco v. Garland suggested that "Honduran women" is not sufficiently particular... Read More

Expert: Many Factors Influence Boston USCIS Asylum Approval Rates
Posted on 2 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angi Gonzalez, SpectrumNews1, June 1, 2022 "Dr. Basileus Zeno, who came to the U.S. after fleeing Syria, knew that applying for asylum in the U.S would not be easy. He just never expected it to take 10 years before he was ultimately denied. He... Read More

What Title 42 Has Wrought
Posted on 27 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yael Schacher, May 26, 2022 "... Refugees International has received hundreds of requests for help and information from asylum seekers in both Reynosa and Piedras Negras who wanted to understand what would happen on May 23. It has been difficult... Read More

Expert: Biden Has Three Options on Title 42
Posted on 24 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Haisten Willis, Washington Examiner, May 24, 2022 "After experiencing yet another courtroom setback, the Biden administration is appealing and weighing options for the future of Title 42, the COVID-19-related policy of turning away unauthorized... Read More

CA5 on Due Process, Credibility: Nkenglefac v. Garland
Posted on 18 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nkenglefac v. Garland "Petitioner Giscard Nkenglefac, a native and citizen of Cameroon, applied for admission into the United States on May 9, 2018. The immigration judge (“IJ”), Agnelis Reese, denied Nkenglefac’s application... Read More

CA9 on Credibility, Frivolousness: Udo v. Garland
Posted on 5 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Udo v. Garland "Peter Donatus Udo is a citizen of Nigeria who applied for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”) in the United States on the grounds that he feared violence in Nigeria... Read More

A Pro Bono Victory for Law Students, Clinicians
Posted on 28 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA Commission on Immigration, Apr. 27, 2022 "“I’m really happy and grateful because I won my case, but on my own I would not have known how. Today, I am happy because I am free.” Soon after receiving the news that he had been... Read More

Tags: pro bono , asylum

Groups File Complaint Against Houston Asylum Office
Posted on 27 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, SPLC et al., Apr. 27, 2022 - Systemic Deficiencies at the Houston Asylum Office in Assessments of Credible and Reasonable Fear Cause Harm and Irreversible Damage to Asylum Seekers "We, the undersigned organizations, jointly file this complaint... Read More

Tags: Houston , USCIS , asylum

Pro Se Asylum Remote Workshop
Posted on 11 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Kate Evans (Duke Law) reports: " Prof. Kaci Bishop , director of UNC's Immigration Clinic, and I launched a pilot pro se asylum remote workshop this spring with the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy . We were able to assist about 20 families... Read More

Tags: asylum

EAD Rules Fully Vacated - No Appeal in AsylumWorks v. Mayorkas
Posted on 11 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Keren Zwick, Director of Litigation at the National Immigrant Justice Center, reports: "I wanted to let folks know that on Friday (4/8) we learned from the government that it would not file an appeal in AsylumWorks v. Mayorkas . This means, happily... Read More

Differential Treatment at the Border
Posted on 11 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CBP is quickly and easily admitting Ukrainian asylum-seekers at the southern border, while most others are turned away, in violation of law. Elliot Spagat (Associated Press) reports here ; Camilo Montoya-Gálvez reports here . Read More