Immigration Law

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Amnesty International Report: Illegal Pushbacks, Arbitrary Detention & Ill-Treatment of Asylum-Seekers in the United States
Posted on 16 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amnesty International, Oct. 11, 2018 - "The US government has deliberately adopted immigration policies and practices that caused catastrophic harm to thousands of people seeking safety in the United States, including the separation of over 6,000... Read More

AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption
Posted on 10 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2018 - "Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and... Read More

Checkpoint Nation
Posted on 9 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Melissa del Bosque , Sept. 13, 2018 - "“ICE is terrorizing American communities right now,” Angel Padilla, policy director of the Indivisible Project, told The Nation. “They’re going into schools, entering hospitals, conducting... Read More

A Judge Just Reminded CBP That the Border Isn’t a Rights-Free Zone
Posted on 2 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hugh Handeyside, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project, Oct. 1, 2018 - "An American family that underwent a harrowing detention at the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection can now seek some measure of justice. That’s... Read More

Zero Tolerance Lives On - Julia Preston
Posted on 17 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project, Sept. 14, 2018 - "... At an office in McAllen that buzzes 24 hours a day, Border Patrol agents and lawyers labor through the night churning out stacks of documents to charge dozens of migrants, who often are taken... Read More

Separated Families and the 'Due Process Army'
Posted on 10 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic, Sept. 7, 2018 - "On June 13, 2018, Honduran asylum-seeker Anita and her five-year-old son, Jenri, were forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Thanks to a pro bono lawyer, Jodi Goodwin, who aggressively advocates... Read More

Americans Stripped of Passports by State Department
Posted on 30 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kevin Seiff, Washington Post, Aug. 29, 2018 - "The Trump administration is accusing hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hispanics along the border of using fraudulent birth certificates since they were babies, and it is undertaking a widespread... Read More

Federal Judge Rules Suit Challenging CBP’s Turnaways of Asylum Seekers at the Border Can Proceed
Posted on 27 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CCR, Aug. 24, 2018 - "A federal judge ruled this week that a lawsuit challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) practice of turning away asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border can proceed. The lawsuit was brought by the Los Angeles... Read More

Tags: cbp , lawsuit , asylum , border

The Use of Coercion by U.S. DHS Officials Against Parents Who Were Forcibly Separated From Their Children
Posted on 24 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council and AILA | August 23, 2018 - "This complaint contains 13 pseudonymized case examples and original testimony from parents who were separated from their children that show a pervasive, illegal practice by DHS officials... Read More

'Shocked and Humiliated': Lawsuits Accuse Border Guards of Invasive Searches of Minors, Women
Posted on 20 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity, Aug. 19, 2018 - "Lovell’s lawsuit — and 10 others since 2011 reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity — raise timely and unsettling questions about how far border and other immigration... Read More

Tags: lawsuits , cbp , border , search

ICE Withheld Deported Parents’ Phone Numbers From Lawyers, ACLU Says
Posted on 14 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelina Chapin, Huffington Post, Aug. 9, 2018 - "The American Civil Liberties Union told HuffPost that the government finally handed over phone numbers this week for the more than 400 migrant parents who were separated from their children and... Read More

Tags: ACLU , Children , ICE , border

CA9 on Border Shooting, Bivens, 4th Amendment: Rodriguez v. Swartz
Posted on 7 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rodriguez v. Swartz - "A U.S. Border Patrol agent standing on American soil shot and killed a teenage Mexican citizen who was walking down a street in Mexico. We address whether that agent has qualified immunity and whether he can be sued for violating... Read More

Doctors Blow Whistle on Dangers Migrant Children Face in Detention
Posted on 19 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, NYT, July 18, 2018 - "The Trump administration, faced with a public outcry over the separation of migrant families at the Southwest border, has said it is exploring a major expansion of family detention centers. But two of the government’s... Read More

Expert: Court Sanctions Against Feds Over Family Separations Would Be Difficult To Enforce
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alan Gomez, USA Today, July 11, 2018 - "A federal judge may decide this week to impose some kind of punishment against the Trump administration if he determines that it failed to meet his deadlines to reunite immigrant children separated from their... Read More

Family Separation Update - 4 Things You Need to Know (July 10, 2018)
Posted on 11 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, July 10, 2018 - "On June 26, a federal judge issued a national injunction in the ACLU’s class action lawsuit against the Trump administration’s policy of separating children and parents at the border. He ordered the government to... Read More