Immigration Law

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New Online Platform Connects Volunteer Lawyers with Children Facing Deportation
Posted on 25 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, July 25, 2019 "A new online platform operated by the American Bar Association and developed by a Florida technology company will match volunteer lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation in several states. The website – Pro... Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Surveillance of Border Lawyers, Activists
Posted on 24 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sam Levin, The Guardian, July 24, 2019 "The US government has interfered with humanitarian aid work at the US-Mexico border by monitoring activists, restricting their travel and detaining them, a new lawsuit alleges. In a complaint filed... Read More

Military Lawyers to be Detailed to Border for Immigration Cases?
Posted on 29 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington Post, Apr. 26, 2019 "Senior Defense Department officials have recommended that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan approve a new request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide military lawyers, cooks and drivers to... Read More

EOIR ANPRM on Limited Representation
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2019 "The Department of Justice (Department) is evaluating the possibility of revising the rules and procedures governing representation and appearance during proceedings before the Executive... Read More

Feds Target Lawyers, Journalists Covering Southern Border
Posted on 8 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tom Jones, Mari Payton and Bill Feather, NBC San Diego, Mar, 6, 2019 "Documents obtained by NBC 7 Investigates show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the migrant caravan... Read More

NYC Immigration Court Erodes Protections for Kids Without Lawyers
Posted on 17 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Brand, CityLimits, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Over the past few months, finding legal representation has become even more challenging for immigrant children in New York City because Manhattan’s federal immigration court has eroded several of the... Read More

Update re 11 LA Attorneys Arrested in March Civil Disobedience Action
Posted on 27 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jennifer Lee Koh, June 24, 2016 - "The Immprof Blog posted last March about 11 Los Angeles-based attorneys who were arrested in a civil disobedience action to protest immigration raids, deportations, access to counsel issues, and failure to... Read More

Attorneys Concerned About Legal Access For Migrant Kids
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"So far the federal government has not allowed volunteer attorneys to visit the Nogales, Ariz. facility housing about 1,000 unaccompanied migrant children. Now, attorneys say upcoming changes could make it even harder for these children to get legal... Read More

Judge Keeps Alive Battle Over Counsel For Refugee Kids
Posted on 15 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Washington federal judge on Monday kept alive a class action seeking lawyers for immigrant children facing removal proceedings, but trimmed the suit of three of nine named plaintiffs and a count of violating the Immigration and Nationality Act... Read More

Free ‘public defender’s office’ would represent immigrants in deportation proceedings
Posted on 26 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald, Mar. 25, 2017 - "A movement is taking shape to create a sort of “public defender’s office” to represent hundreds of thousands of immigrants who may wind up in deportation proceedings and cannot afford... Read More

Kids Without Lawyers, Immigration Courts 'At The Point Of Implosion, Calendars In Complete And Utter Disarray'
Posted on 7 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Newly released government data show an immigration court system under stress as judges face pressure to expedite deportation cases even as thousands of child migrants – many under 14 and with no grasp of English — are still without attorneys... Read More

Seattle Judge Weighs Right to Attorney for Kids in Deportation
Posted on 8 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly heard arguments on the government’s motion to dismiss the case. Zilly’s questions focused on his jurisdiction to decide this broad issue, and how kids are handled in immigration court. Government... Read More

Powdered Wig Immigration with the Lawyer as Potted Plant
Posted on 23 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As a starting point toward ensuring "meaningful participation in requests for immigration benefits," the USCIS should proclaim that lawyers are not potted plants to be carried into interview rooms by their clients. Rather, the agency... Read More

New Data on Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court: TRAC
Posted on 16 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Records just obtained under the Freedom of Information Act offer new insights about government policies governing the handling of the recent surge of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the United States. As of the end of June 2014, the more... Read More

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment: The Role of Private Attorneys and Other Representatives
Posted on 18 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"December 21, 2011 PM-602-0055 Policy Memorandum SUBJECT: The Role of Private Attorneys and Other Representatives; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 12 and 15; AFM Update AD11-42 Purpose - This policy memorandum ... Read More