Immigration Law

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Border Land, Seized by Trump for Wall, Returned to Family
Posted on 8 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, Dec. 7, 2021 "The Biden administration will return the land of a Texas family after seizing the property earlier this year for border wall construction, according to a Tuesday court filing. Since 2018, the Cavazos family... Read More

Tags: wall , Trump , border

CA9: Trump Can't Use DoD Money for Border Wall
Posted on 26 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sierra Club v. Trump "We consider in this appeal challenges by the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (“SBCC”)1 to the Department of Defense’s budgetary transfers to fund construction of the wall on the... Read More

More Pentagon Funds Diverted to Border Wall
Posted on 15 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katelyn Burns, Vox, Jan. 14, 2020 "The Pentagon — not Mexico — will again be paying for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall on the US’s southern border, to the tune of $7.2 billion in 2020. According to a... Read More

Tags: wall , Pentagon , Trump , border

Supreme Court Grants Stay in Border Wall Litigation
Posted on 29 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sierra Club, July 26, 2019 "The American Civil Liberties Union today announced that it will seek to expedite proceedings before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in order to restore a permanent block on border wall construction using unauthorized... Read More

CA9: No Military Funds for Border Wall
Posted on 4 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sierra Club v. Trump "Because section 8005 did not authorize DoD to reprogram the funds—and Defendants do not and cannot argue that any other statutory or constitutional provision authorized the reprogramming—the use of those funds... Read More

Tags: wall , Trump , border

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

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

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

If Trump’s Border Wall Becomes Reality, Here’s How He Could Easily Get Private Land for It
Posted on 25 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, Mar. 25, 2019 "A law is supposed to protect property owners from lowball offers by the government when it takes land through eminent domain. But a letter shows how simple it is for officials to eviscerate what is... Read More

Executive Power Showdown: Congress and White House Quarrel over Immigration Spending - MPI
Posted on 1 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Randy Capps, Migration Policy Institute, Feb. 28, 2019 "Despite a breakthrough bipartisan agreement to fund the federal government and avert another shutdown, a faceoff between the Trump administration and Congress... Read More

3 More Lawsuits And Counting Over Border 'Emergency'
Posted on 20 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In addition to the lawsuit filed on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 by 16 states , at least three more lawsuits have been filed against the Trump administration's national emergency proclamation . Public Citizen Sues Trump on Behalf of Affected Texas Landowners... Read More

16 States Sue Trump Over Border Emergency
Posted on 19 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

California Attorney General, Feb. 18, 2019 "California Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a 16-state coalition, today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California challenging... Read More

South Texas Wildlife Refuge Files Restraining Order Against Feds Over Border Wall Construction
Posted on 12 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gus Bova, The Texas Observer, Feb. 1, 2019 " Late Monday evening, attorneys for the National Butterfly Center asked a federal judge to block the Trump administration from building a border wall at the refuge or using the center’s property... Read More

National Guard Posting on Mexico Border 'May Be Indefinite' - MPI Policy Beat (Apr. 25, 2018)
Posted on 26 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Austin Rose, Apr. 25, 2018 - "Opening a new front in his campaign to crack down on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump in early April 2018 called for the deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard troops... Read More

DHS: Not Enough Cash On Hand For Trump's Border Wall...Just "Prototypes"
Posted on 2 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Mar. 2, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock, according to a document seen by Reuters... Read More

Tags: wall , fence , Trump , DHS , border