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Law360 - AG's Bond Restrictions May Run Afoul Of Constitution
Posted on 18 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicole Narea, Law360, Apr. 17, 2019 "U.S. Attorney General William Barr's recent decision to restrict certain asylum-seekers from being released on bond vastly expands the Trump administration's detention capabilities, but scholars warn... Read More

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Are the Canadian and U.S. Refugee/Asylum Processes Really “Similar Enough”? How the New Refugee Bar in Bill C-97 Is Based on a Misunderstanding of U.S. Asylum Law
Posted on 17 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, Apr. 17, 2019 "In a development decried by several refugee-serving and civil rights organizations , the Canadian government’s proposed budget bill, Bill C-97 , contains within it an amendment to the Immigration and Refugee... Read More

Expert: Trump's Immigration Efforts 'Backfiring'...No 'Coherent Policy'
Posted on 10 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matt Kwong, CBC News, Apr. 9, 2019 "[F]or Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration-law professor at Cornell University , Nielsen was far from soft on immigration. "Secretary Nielsen will be perceived as the most hardline [Homeland Security] secretary... Read More

Groundbreaking Federal Court Decision Requires Prompt Bond Hearings or Release for Certain Asylum-Seekers
Posted on 6 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Apr. 5, 2019 "Today, in a groundbreaking decision, a federal judge in Seattle dealt a blow to the government’s campaign to deter and obstruct asylum seekers applying for protection in the United States. Judge Marsha Pechman ordered... Read More

'Remain in Mexico' Plan Echoes Earlier U.S. Policy to Deter Haitian Migration
Posted on 29 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, Mar. 28, 2019 "Under the Trump administration’s new Remain in Mexico policy, more than 200 asylum seekers have been sent back to Mexico by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to wait for weeks... Read More

IJ Eileen Trujillo Recognizes “Women in Mexico” as PSG, Finds Nexus, Grants Asylum, Distinguishes A-B-
Posted on 22 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul W. Schmidt, Mar. 21, 2019 "JUSTICE PREVAILS AGAIN IN IMMIGRATION COURTS EVEN IN THE “POST-A-B-“ ERA — Outstanding Analysis By Judge Eileen Trujillo Of The U.S. Immigration Court In Denver, CO, Recognizes “Women In Mexico”... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Advancing a 'Social Group Plus' Claim After Matter of A-B-
Posted on 12 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Mar. 9, 2019 "In Matter of A-B – , 27 I&N Dec. 227 (A.G. 2018), former Attorney General Jeff Sessions overruled a prior Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) precedent, Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 388 (BIA 2014), which... Read More

The Asylum Saga of Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto
Posted on 12 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrew Lapin, Michigan Alumnus Magazine, Spring 2019 "For nearly a year, U-M’s Knight-Wallace Fellowship has provided a home and a lifeline for journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto. He is thousands of miles and several years removed from... Read More

Expert: "Historic" Habeas Decision by Federal Appeals Court in Immigration Case
Posted on 8 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Mar. 7, 2019 "Creating yet another roadblock to the Trump administration’s efforts to deport ineligible migrants, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that immigration authorities can no longer swiftly... Read More

Caravans and Consulates: Should Asylum Seekers Have More Options? - Curtis Pierce
Posted on 23 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caravans and Consulates: Should Asylum Seekers Have More Options? By: Curtis Pierce , Feb. 2019 INTRODUCTION In the autumn of 2018, a caravan of Central American migrants seeking a better life traveled from Honduras to the southern border of the... Read More

Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Policy Forcibly Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CGRS, Feb. 14, 2019 "The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s new policy forcing asylum seekers to return... Read More

It Was Her Dream to be an Immigration Judge...And Then it Wasn't
Posted on 14 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, Buzzfeed News, Feb. 13, 2019 "Rebecca Jamil was sitting in a nondescript hotel ballroom in suburban Virginia when she realized that her dream job — being an immigration judge — was no longer tenable. It was June 11, 2018... Read More

Here’s how to handle Central American migrants — like the Cuban rafters and Soviet Jews before them
Posted on 13 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roberto Suro, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Feb. 13, 2019 "The United States has a long history of responding to migration emergencies with legislative remedies crafted for specific situations. Sometimes, the intent has been to open doors, at other... Read More

Wait in Mexico Policy, Access to Counsel, & Crime
Posted on 11 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Feb. 10, 2019 "A February 1, 2019 article in the L.A. Times reported that two American attorneys who work for the immigrant rights organization Al Otro Lado, which has sent attorneys to Tijuana to offer advice to Central American... Read More

Separated Family Members Seek Monetary Damages from United States under FTCA
Posted on 11 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council, Feb. 11, 2019 "The American Immigration Council filed administrative claims for monetary damages on behalf of six asylum-seeking mothers and their children for the trauma they suffered when torn apart under the Trump... Read More