Immigration Law

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ACLU Letter to DHS: Do Not Collaborate With TX State Cops
Posted on 8 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Aug. 8, 2022 "On July 7, 2022, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order purporting to “authorize and empower the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to . . . apprehend[] immigrants who cross the... Read More

Tags: ACLU , DHS , border , Texas , abbott

Title 42 Expulsion Lawsuit Update (P.J.E.S. v. Pekoske)
Posted on 1 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is the govt. brief in the P.J.E.S. v. Pekoske lawsuit, and here is the public Appendix. The Appellees brief is due March 11th . Here is the ACLU case page. Read More

Tags: ACLU , COVID-19 , CDC , border

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

Judge Shuts Down Trump’s Diversion of Military Funds to Build Border Wall
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Parton, CNS, June 28, 2019 "A federal judge in California ruled Friday against the Trump administration in two different lawsuits over the use of $2.5 billion in military funding to build part of a southern border wall. Last month, U.S. District... Read More

Lawsuit: American Citizens Unlawfully Detained by CBP in Montana...for Speaking Spanish
Posted on 16 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Feb. 14, 2019 "The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana, and law firm Crowley Fleck PLLP filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of two American citizens detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for speaking Spanish while... Read More

Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Policy Forcibly Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CGRS, Feb. 14, 2019 "The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s new policy forcing asylum seekers to return... 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

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

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

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

Court Orders Reunification of Families Separated at Border, Certifies Nationwide Class (Ms. L. v. ICE)
Posted on 27 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR CLASSWIDE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION - "Unless there is a determination that the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child, or the parent affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily declines to be reunited... Read More

CBP Pays $475K to Settle Suit Over Illegal Cavity Search of American Citizen at Border
Posted on 22 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, July 21, 2016 - "Today, the ACLU of Texas and the ACLU of New Mexico announced a record settlement in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) paid a New Mexico woman $475,000 for illegally subjecting her to vaginal and anal searches... Read More

American Citizen Sues Feds, Hospital for Invasive Body Cavity Searches at Border
Posted on 19 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The facts are appalling : A slight, 54-year-old American woman was strip-searched, then subjected to repeated X-rays, rectal and vaginal probes by CBP and the University Medical Center in El Paso for six hours. Finding nothing, CBP released her without... Read More

Lawsuit: American Family Abused by CBP at Border: Wilwal v. Kelly
Posted on 17 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, July 13, 2017 - "The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a family of U.S. citizens — including four young children — who were detained for over 10 hours at the U.S.-Canada border while coming home from a trip to visit relatives... Read More

Tags: ACLU , cbp , wilwal , lawsuit , border

ACLU Charges Border Abuse by CBP
Posted on 15 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded a federal investigation into allegations of rampant abuse of individuals, including U.S. citizens and legal residents, by Customs and Border Protection agents at ports of entry along the U... Read More

Tags: ACLU , cbp , abuse , border