Immigration Law

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Over $25 Million Dollars per Mile - Trump's Border Wall
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gus Bova, Texas Observer, May 28, 2019 "When the federal government builds a border wall, the taxpayer foots two bills. First, there’s the cost to get the thing built, a figure proclaimed in presidential budget requests and press accounts... Read More

Tags: wall , Trump , border

Trump Proposes Steep Tariffs on Mexican Imports to Control Southern Border
Posted on 31 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYT, May 30, 2019 - "President Trump said Thursday that he planned to impose a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods from Mexico beginning June 10, a tax that he said would “gradually increase” until Mexico stopped the flow of undocumented... Read More

Tags: Mexico , tariffs , Trump , border

Sierra Club v. Trump: Court Partially Blocks Border Wall
Posted on 28 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Parton, Courthouse News Service, May 24, 2019 "A federal judge Friday has partially blocked the Trump administration from building parts of a wall along the southern border and blocks the transfer of nearly $1 billion in funds from the Defense... Read More

Remembering Esequiel Hernández, Jr. - 22 Years Ago, U.S. Marines Shot and Killed This U.S. Citizen on American Soil
Posted on 28 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Every year around this time I remind readers: "In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexican border as part of the war on drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández, Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18 year old was, in fact, a U.S. citizen... Read More

More Border Waivers (Federal Register, May 15, 2019)
Posted on 14 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, DHS will publish three notices in the Federal Register waiving a plethora of laws "in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border near Tecate and... Read More

Tags: waivers , iiraira , DHS , border

The Facts Behind the Guatemalan Exodus
Posted on 13 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roger Cohen, New York Times, May 10, 2019 "... Pablo told me about the hunger and fear on the weeklong road to the border. Meager rice and beans offered once a day. Being herded this way and that by coyotes — the smugglers he’d paid... Read More

Pres. Proc. 9880 on Migration, Southern Border (May 8, 2019)
Posted on 13 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 92 / Monday, May 13, 2019 "... I have determined to extend the suspension and limitation, as set forth below, on entry into the United States through the southern border established by Proclamation 9822 and extended... Read More

The Ninth Circuit, Asylum and 'Return to Mexico' - What Next?
Posted on 8 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On May 7, 2019 a motions panel of the Ninth Circuit granted a stay pending appeal of the preliminary injunction that had blocked the 'return to Mexico' policy under the new DHS Migrant Protection Protocols for southern border asylum claimants... Read More

The Economic Cost of the US-Mexico Border Slowdown
Posted on 7 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Perryman Group, April 2019 "The current slowdown at the US-Mexico border is causing substantial economic harms. Trade volume has grown substantially, more than doubling over the past 20 years and up 55% between 2010 and 2018. During 2018, total... Read More

Asylum Officers Mere Pawns in Trump's Deadly Border Game - Vox Exclusive
Posted on 3 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, May 2, 2019 "The first time that one immigration officer interviewed an asylum seeker under new Trump administration protocols, the officer went back to their hotel room, turned up the shower as hot as it would go, and tried to... 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

In Today's Federal Register, 3 DHS Notices, 2 DOS Notices
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

April 24, 2019 DHS on waiving laws to build border barriers, roads: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-24/pdf/2019-08289.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-24/pdf/2019-08290.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg... Read More

Dara Lind: 9 Questions About the Border Crisis You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, Apr. 11, 2019 "...What’s happening at the border is the result of a regional crisis in which — if current rates continue — close to 1 percent of the entire population of Guatemala and Honduras will attempt to immigrate... Read More

Tags: vox.com , lind , Trump , border

Expert: Trump's Immigration Efforts 'Backfiring'...No 'Coherent Policy'
Posted on 10 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matt Kwong, CBC News, Apr. 9, 2019 "[F]or Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration-law professor at Cornell University , Nielsen was far from soft on immigration. "Secretary Nielsen will be perceived as the most hardline [Homeland Security] secretary... Read More

Expert: Closing Border Would Be "Shooting Ourselves in the Foot"
Posted on 4 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

John Fritze, USA Today, Apr. 3, 2019 "In the chaotic hours after President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, U.S. officials took an extraordinary step that would be considered only a handful of times in the decades that followed: They... Read More