Immigration Law

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Will Humanitarian Parole Rescue These Afghan Lawyers?
Posted on 17 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Diana Jones, Reuters, Sept. 16, 2021 "The International Academy of Trial Lawyers will sponsor a move to bring four Afghan attorneys and their families, who face danger from the Taliban due to their work, to the United States under a program that... Read More

Another Giant Falls: Dale Schwartz (1942-2021)
Posted on 31 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dale was a mentor, leader and an inspiration to thousands of immigration attorneys, yours truly included. His obituary reads: "Immigration attorney, champion for the underdog, and dedicated family man Dale Marvin Schwartz, 79, of Sandy Springs... Read More

Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border
Posted on 14 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, May 14, 2021 "Taylor Levy couldn’t understand why she’d been held for hours by Customs and Border Protection officials when crossing back into El Paso, Texas, after getting dinner with friends in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in... Read More

EOIR Proposed Rule: Professional Conduct for Practitioners – Rules and Procedures, and Representation and Appearances
Posted on 29 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 190 / Wednesday, September 30, 2020 / Proposed Rules "This proposed rule would amend Department of Justice (“Department” or “DOJ”) regulations to allow practitioners to assist individuals... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Immigration Attorneys on the Frontlines in the COVID-19 Crisis
Posted on 24 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Mar. 24, 2020 "Since USCIS still requires paper submissions by mandated deadlines and the immigration courts in detention centers still function, the COVID-19 crisis has compelled immigration attorneys to take more risks than others... Read More

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