Immigration Law

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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

Advocates Warn of 'Catastrophic Harms' to Migrants due to DHS Policy
Posted on 11 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, Feb. 6, 2019 "CLINIC, with its partners, the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association submitted a letter Feb. 6, 2019 to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging her to rescind the Remain... Read More

Tags: migrants , DHS , asylum , border

The Trump Administration’s Lawlessness at the Border: Stories from Tijuana - Sophia Genovese
Posted on 3 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sophia Genovese, Feb. 3, 2019 "Following the law should not be a radical idea. Yet the governments of the United States and Mexico somehow find advocacy for the codified rights of asylum seekers reprehensible. I travelled to Tijuana in mid-January... Read More

Immigrant Rights Attorneys and Journalists Denied Entry into Mexico
Posted on 2 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

KATE LINTHICUM, CINDY CARCAMO and MOLLY O'TOOLE, Los Angeles Times, FEB 01, 2019 "Two U.S. immigrant rights attorneys and two journalists who have worked closely with members of a migrant caravan in Tijuana said they had been denied entry into... Read More

Migrant Protection Protocols: DHS and CBP Documents
Posted on 29 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jan. 25, 2019 DHS Policy Guidance for Implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols Jan. 28, 2019 CBP Guidance on Migrant Protection Protocols Jan. 28, 2019 CBP Implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols Jan. 28, 2019 CBP Guiding Principles... Read More

USCIS Issues 'Migrant Protection Protocols' Guidance Policy Memo (Jan. 28, 2019)
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Jan. 28, 2019 "SUBJECT: Guidance for Implementing Section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Migrant Protection Protocols Purpose This memorandum provides guidance to immigration officers in U.S. Citizenship and... Read More

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman: How Trump Era Immigration Enforcement Violates the Law
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Jan. 25, 2019 "Since the Trump era began more than two years ago with the election of 2016, the administration has put into place an increasingly draconian legal regime of restrictions against immigrants. Navigating these... Read More

DHS to Launch 'Migrant Protection Protocols' on Southern Border
Posted on 25 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Jan. 24, 2019 " What Are the Migrant Protection Protocols? The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) are a U.S. Government action whereby certain foreign individuals entering or seeking admission to the U.S. from Mexico – illegally or... Read More

CA9 on Asylum, Internal Relocation: Singh v. Whitaker
Posted on 24 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Singh v. Whitaker "We hold that the BIA erred in failing to conduct a reasoned analysis with respect to Singh’s situation to determine whether, in light of the specific persons or entities that caused his past persecution, and the nature... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase: IJs Grant Gender-Based Asylum Claims
Posted on 21 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Jan. 20, 2019 "As my friend Paul Schmidt announced on his excellent blog immigrationcourtside.com, immigration judges in San Francisco and Arlington, VA recently issued written decisions granting asylum to victims of domestic... Read More

Post-Matter of A-B- Victories
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Immigration Courtside, Jan. 17, 2019 The Hon. Paul W. Schmidt writes: "Here are two redacted “post- Matter of A-B- ” decisions from U.S.Immigration Judges correctly interpreting the law to grant relief to refugee women from Central... Read More