Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Is USCIS Building a 'Second Wall' to Block Naturalization Applicants?
Posted on 31 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

National Partnership for New Americans, Oct. 27, 2017 -"On October 27, 2017, National Partnership for New Americans released our NPNA Report: Building a Second Wall, USCIS Backlogs Preventing Immigrants from Becoming Citizens detailing the sad and... Read More

Path to What, and When?
Posted on 22 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"House Speaker John Boehner is set to unveil his counter to the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill. The one-page GOP set of principles could be aired just prior to President Obama's State of the Union speech on January 28th. ... Read More

Some Skilled Workers Must Wait for Centuries for Green Cards - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 1 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, July 30, 2016 - " David Bier at the Cato Institute has emerged as a fresh and new scholarly voice on immigration. It has always been known that an individual who got sponsored by an employer today in the India employment-based third... Read More

Deluged Immigration Courts, Where Cases Stall for Years, Begin to Buckle
Posted on 2 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Preston, New York Times, Dec. 1, 2016 - "Weighed down by a backlog of more than 520,000 cases, the United States immigration courts are foundering, increasingly failing to deliver timely, fair decisions to people fighting deportation or asking... Read More

Families Counted Together Stay Together: How to Eliminate Visa Backlogs
Posted on 15 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"There is nothing in the Immigration and Nationality Act that requires each derivative family member to be counted on an individual basis against the worldwide and country caps. That being so, President Obama tomorrow can issue an executive order... Read More

GAO Slams Immigration Court Backlog, Management and Operational Challenges
Posted on 2 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, June 1, 2017 - "GAO's analysis showed that the Executive Office for Immigration Review's (EOIR) case backlog—cases pending from previous years that remain open at the start of a new fiscal year—more than doubled from fiscal... Read More

Senator's Call to Napolitano Saves Immigrant
Posted on 13 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Gray has been trying to get her own visa for nine years, but she still doesn't have one because of the backlogged immigration system. She can now stay another two years. Gray's cause got the attention of a home state senator, Claire McCaskill... Read More

Immigration Court Docket Backlogs, Now Years Out, Will Only Worsen Under Trump
Posted on 24 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Zoe Tillman, BuzzFeed News, Feb. 23, 2017 - "In a small, windowless courtroom on the second floor of an office building, Judge Rodger Harris heard a string of bond requests on Tuesday morning from immigrants held in jail as they faced deportation... Read More

The 7 Percent Problem Makes 'The Line' Impossibly Long
Posted on 18 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]oday’s system now allots 7 percent of each visa category per country. For example, the law allows for 366,000 family- and employer-sponsored visas. That means up to 25,620 such visas (7 percent) are allowed for each country, whether you’re... Read More

Immigration Court Backlogs and Wait Times Reach New Highs
Posted on 19 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From TRAC on July 19, 2012 : The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts keeps rising, along with the average time these pending cases have been waiting. At the end of June 2012 the backlog reached a new all-time high of 314... Read More

Quotas Plus Backlogs Plus 'Age-Out' Equals Self-Deportation for Dancer
Posted on 30 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lauren Gray has lived in the U.S. legally for the past 17 years on her parents visa. But when she turns 21 in August, her visa expires and because she has not been able to get a green card, she will have to return to England and leave her family... Read More

Free TRAC Webinar Focuses on Shifts in Immigration Court Orders and Backlogs
Posted on 24 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

(24 Apr 2012) During the most recent quarter (January-March 2012), the Immigration Courts issued 2,429 fewer deportation orders than in the previous quarter (October-December 2011). The proportion of cases resulting in an ordered deportation... Read More

Who is Stuck in the Green Card Backlogs? - A Guide for the Perplexed, by Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 31 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Oct. 31, 2016 - "“ In the realm of Nature there is nothing purposeless, trivial, or unnecessary ” ― Maimonides , The Guide for the Perplexed David Bier of the Cato Institute in No One Knows How Long Legal Immigrants Will... Read More

Latest Immigration Court Numbers, August 2012: TRAC
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE Requests for Deportation Orders Down 2.2 Percent; Court Deportation Orders Higher in August; Immigration Court Backlog, Wait Times Keep Rising; Cases Processed Under ICE Prosecutorial Discretion - TRAC, Sept. 13, 2012 . Read More