Immigration Law

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TRO Granted to Central American Kids Seeking Asylum: M.M.M. v. Sessions
Posted on 20 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

M.M.M. v. Sessions - "Plaintiffs are migrant children who were forcibly separated from their parents shortly after crossing the United States-Mexico border. The children entered the United States with their parents at or between ports of entry and... Read More

CA1 on Asylum, Indonesia, Changed Circumstances: Sihotang v. Sessions
Posted on 17 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sihotang v. Sessions - "Motions to reopen — especially untimely motions to reopen — are disfavored in immigration cases. Consequently, an alien who seeks to reopen removal proceedings out of time ordinarily faces a steep uphill climb... Read More

Tags: Indonesia , asylum

Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention
Posted on 17 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ingrid Eagly, Esq., Steven Shafer, Esq. and Jana Whalley, Esq., American Immigration Council, August 16, 2018 - "The United States currently detains more protection-seeking families than any nation in the world. Since 2001, parents and their children... Read More

Fact Sheet on Family Separation for Asylum seekers - CLINIC
Posted on 10 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, Aug. 9, 2018 - "In April 2018, the Trump Administration began a “Zero Tolerance” policy that led to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) separating asylum-seeking parents from their children. This policy affected both families... Read More

Court Orders USCIS to Timely Adjudicate Initial Asylum EAD Requests: Gonzalez Rosario v. USCIS
Posted on 9 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gonzalez-Rosario v. USCIS - "Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment is GRANTED and Defendants’ cross-motion for summary judgment is DENIED. (Order (Dkt. # 127).) The court FINDS that Defendants are in violation of 8 C.F.R. § 208... Read More

Tags: ead , USCIS , asylum

Judge Blocks Deportations, Threatens Sessions, Nielsen, Cissna and McHenry with Contempt
Posted on 9 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grace v. Sessions - "Plaintiffs’ counsel informed the Court that, despite the representations made by Defendants, Plaintiffs “Carmen” and her daughter had been removed from their place of detention and could be in the process of... Read More

CA5 on Asylum, Internal Relocation, Burden: Singh v. Sessions
Posted on 3 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Singh v. Sessions - "Petitioner Karmjot Singh (“Singh”), a 21 year old native of India and a practicing Sikh belonging to the Mann Party, seeks review of the order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (the “BIA”) affirming... Read More

GROUPS CHALLENGE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ATTACKS ON ASYLUM PROTECTIONS: Grace v. Sessions
Posted on 7 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Aug. 7, 2018 - "The American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s gutting of asylum protections for immigrants fleeing domestic violence... Read More

NAIJ Files Grievance over Sessions' Meddling in Castro-Tum
Posted on 8 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Judges’ Union Files Grievance Over DOJ’s Interference with Judicial Independence and Violation of the Due Process Rights of Those Appearing before the Immigration Courts; Guatemalan Youth Ordered Deported Despite Philadelphia-based Federal... Read More

Attorneys and Credible Fear Review - Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, July 22, 2018 - "It is difficult not to cry (as I did) while listening to the recording of a recent immigration court hearing at a detention facility near the border. The immigration judge addresses a rape victim who fled to this... Read More

Expert: Well-Prepared Asylum Claims Can Win
Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aline Barros, VOA News, July 19, 2018 - " Stephen Yale-Loehr of Cornell University, a leading professor of immigration law and facilitator of an asylum clinic at Cornell, said that though there had been changes in asylum policy, people with good... Read More

CA6 on Asylum, Waiver, Jurisdiction: Hussam F. v. Sessions
Posted on 27 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hussam F. v. Sessions - "Four years ago, Petitioner came to the United States on a K-1 fiancé visa, using a Syrian passport. Although he was a Syrian citizen, his family had fled Syria decades ago to escape persecution. Petitioner therefore... Read More

CA9 on China, Asylum, Religious Persecution: Guo v. Sessions
Posted on 31 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Guo v. Sessions - "Petitioner Zhihui Guo is a Chinese citizen who entered the United States in 2010 on a student visa and stayed beyond its duration. He seeks review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) denial of his claims... Read More

Findings of Credible Fear Plummet Amid Widely Disparate Outcomes by Location and Immigration Judge: TRAC
Posted on 31 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, July 30, 2019 - "Immigration Court outcomes in credible fear reviews (CFR) have recently undergone a dramatic change. Starting in January 2018, court findings of credible fear began to plummet. By June 2018, only 14.7 percent of the CFR court... Read More

Judge Poised to Bar Removal of Asylum-Seeking Children
Posted on 1 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Britain Eakin, CNS, July 31, 2018 - "A federal judge said Tuesday he would issue an order temporarily barring deportation of reunified families unless the government agrees to do so on its own. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman issued a temporary... Read More