Immigration Law

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New Legal Filing Links High-level Trump Officials to Asylum “Turnback Policy” - Al Otro Lado, Inc. v. Nielsen
Posted on 17 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council, Oct. 16, 2018 - "In a new court filing, asylum seekers and an immigrant rights group are challenging the Trump administration’s policy and practice of turning back asylum seekers at ports of entry along the U.S... Read More

Amnesty International Report: Illegal Pushbacks, Arbitrary Detention & Ill-Treatment of Asylum-Seekers in the United States
Posted on 16 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amnesty International, Oct. 11, 2018 - "The US government has deliberately adopted immigration policies and practices that caused catastrophic harm to thousands of people seeking safety in the United States, including the separation of over 6,000... Read More

Let Me Count the Ways - This American Life, Sept. 14, 2018
Posted on 17 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Let Me Count the Ways - This American Life, Sept. 14, 2018 - "Yes, youʼve heard about the family separations. Youʼve heard about the travel ban. But there are dozens of ways the Trump administration is cracking down on immigration across many agencies... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase - "Like Water Seeping Through An Earthen Dam"
Posted on 17 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Sept. 15, 2018 - "In addressing 44 newly-hired immigration judges earlier this week, their new boss, Jeff Sessions, demonstrated not only his usual level of bias (to a group charged with acting as impartial adjudicators), but a... Read More

A Second Chance for Separated Families
Posted on 13 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Sept. 13, 2018 - "The fight over the asylum rights of families who had been separated by the Trump administration took what could be a critical turn late last night. Following weeks of negotiation, parties in three lawsuits — including... Read More

Settlement May Give Second Chance to Asylum Seekers Separated at Border
Posted on 13 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, Sept. 13, 2018 - "The Trump administration has just agreed to give parents who were separated from their children at the US-Mexico border earlier this year a second chance to make asylum claims in the US. The Department of Justice... Read More

Without Evidence, Sessions Claims 'Vast Majority' of Asylum Applications 'Not Valid'
Posted on 10 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sept. 10, 2018 - In an extraordinary indictment of immigration lawyers, Attorney General Sessions claims, without evidence , that "the vast majority of the current asylum claims are not valid under the law." Here is his attack on lawyers: "Good... Read More

Tags: sessions , asylum

Separated Families and the 'Due Process Army'
Posted on 10 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic, Sept. 7, 2018 - "On June 13, 2018, Honduran asylum-seeker Anita and her five-year-old son, Jenri, were forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Thanks to a pro bono lawyer, Jodi Goodwin, who aggressively advocates... Read More

A Pro Bono Asylum Lawyer Responds to the Latest Attack from A.G. Sessions
Posted on 10 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Expecting Asylum-Seekers to Become US Asylum Law Experts: Reflections on My Trip to the Folkston ICE Processing Center Sophia Genovese, Sept. 10, 2018 - "US asylum law is nuanced, at times contradictory, and ever-changing. As brief background,... Read More

CA9 on Asylum, Withholding, CAT, El Salvador, FMLN, Mara Salvatrucha: Quiroz Parada v. Sessions
Posted on 30 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Quiroz Parada v. Sessions - "Moris Alfredo Quiroz Parada fled his native El Salvador in 1991 at the age of seventeen after he and his family were the victims of threats, home invasions, beatings, and killings at the hands of Frente Farabundo Martí... Read More

Federal Judge Rules Suit Challenging CBP’s Turnaways of Asylum Seekers at the Border Can Proceed
Posted on 27 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CCR, Aug. 24, 2018 - "A federal judge ruled this week that a lawsuit challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) practice of turning away asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border can proceed. The lawsuit was brought by the Los Angeles... Read More

Tags: cbp , lawsuit , asylum , border

CA7 on El Salvador, Gang Violence, Social Group: W.G.A. v. Sessions
Posted on 24 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

W.G.A. v. Sessions - "In 2015, tattooed members of the Mara 18 gang held a gun to petitioner W.G.A.’s head and threatened to kill him. The Mara 18—also known as the “Calle 18,” “Barrio 18,” or “Eighteenth... Read More

The Use of Coercion by U.S. DHS Officials Against Parents Who Were Forcibly Separated From Their Children
Posted on 24 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council and AILA | August 23, 2018 - "This complaint contains 13 pseudonymized case examples and original testimony from parents who were separated from their children that show a pervasive, illegal practice by DHS officials... Read More

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