Immigration Law

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Russian Asylum Seekers Admitted to US Via Secret Deal With Mexico
Posted on 6 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Noriega, David Mora, Gabriela Martínez, VICE, Mar. 28, 2022 "A group of Russian citizens who fled their country after the invasion of Ukraine and spent a week camped out at the U.S.-Mexico border was quietly admitted to the U.S. in... Read More

Cruelty as Border Policy: The Biden Administration Keeps in Place CBP’s “Consequence Delivery System”
Posted on 24 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, The Border Chronicle, Mar. 24, 2022 "In June 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a guide to determine the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the punishments meted out to unauthorized border-crossers. According to documents... Read More

Tags: Biden , cbp , Trump , border

Operation Lone Star: A Hard Look
Posted on 22 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Perla Trevizo, Andrew Rodríguez Calderón, Jolie McCullough, The Marshall Project, Mar. 21, 2022 "[T]he state’s claim of success has been based on shifting metrics that included crimes with no connection to the border... Read More

CBP Memo: Title 42 Exceptions for Ukrainian Nationals (Mar. 11, 2022)
Posted on 18 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CBP, Mar. 11, 2022 "... The Department of Homeland Security recognizes that the unjustified Russian war of aggression in Ukraine has created a humanitarian crisis. CBP is authorized, consistent with the Title 42 Order, on a case-by-case basis based... Read More

Tags: cbp , Ukraine , Title 42 , border

Two Years of Suffering: Biden Administration Continues Use of Discredited Title 42 Order to Flout Refugee Law
Posted on 17 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Human Rights First, Mar. 16, 2022 "For two years, the U.S. government has illegally blocked and expelled people seeking refuge at the southern U.S. border despite U.S. laws and treaties created to protect them. Since March 20, 2020 , the U.S. Department... Read More

CDC Terminates Title 42 Expulsions for Unaccompanied Children
Posted on 13 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The 21-page, Mar. 11, 2022 CDC Order is here . The CDC Media Statement is here . Reporting by Camilo Montoya-Galvez is here . Read More

ICUMI: Replay This Free ABA CLE Video on Operation Lone Star
Posted on 11 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Video of free ABA Webinar : Operation Lone Star: Texas’s Costly Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law Read More

Dueling Court Orders May Decide Fate of President Biden’s Title 42 Expulsions
Posted on 10 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Immigration Impact, Mar 8, 2022 "In just under two years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has carried out over 1.5 million rapid “expulsions” of asylum seekers and migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border... Read More

The Everyday Mistreatment of Transfronterizo Commuters on the Mexico-U.S. Border: A Q&A with Borderlands Scholar Estefanía Castañeda Pérez
Posted on 3 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Todd Miller, The Border Chronicle, Mar. 3, 2022 - Crossing the border everyday brings the normalization of surveillance and interrogation, but what happens if you refuse to comply with the CBP facial recognition camera? "The data that I have collected... Read More

Tags: cbp , border

Free ABA Zoom Webinar - Operation Lone Star: Texas’s Costly Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law (Feb. 24, 2022)
Posted on 22 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Operation Lone Star: Texas’s Costly Attempt to Enforce Federal Immigration Law (Feb. 24, 2022) On March 6, 2021, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott announced the creation of ‘Operation Lone Star,’ his self-proclaimed “catch and jail”... Read More

U.S. Marines Made "Major Money" Smuggling Immigrants Across Border
Posted on 16 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Emily Green, Vice, Feb. 15, 2022 "Byron Law knew what he was doing was illegal. But the money was too good to pass up. On the morning of July 3, 2019, the 20-year-old and his friend headed out for another run in Law’s black BMW, eager to... Read More

"Stochastic Terrorism" by QAnon Trumpers Forces Closure of Border Butterfly Sanctuary
Posted on 4 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sneha Dey, Texas Tribune, Feb. 2, 2022 "A South Texas butterfly sanctuary has closed after it was the target of conspiracy theories that escalated into credible threats. The National Butterfly Center, along the U.S.-Mexico border in Mission, has... Read More

Operation Lone Star: "Zero Task or Purpose"
Posted on 2 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Davis Winkie, Military Times, James Barragán, Texas Tribune, Feb. 1, 2022 "Deplorable conditions, unclear mission: Texas National Guard troops call Abbott’s rushed border operation a disaster...The governor has sent waves of troops... Read More

Expert: What to Make of Biden's Defense of Title 42?
Posted on 25 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicole Narea, Vox, Jan. 25, 2022 "President Joe Biden’s administration is defending two of his predecessor’s more inhumane immigration policies in court: pandemic-related border restrictions and family separations. The Department of... Read More

Advance Copies of DHS COVID-Related Travel Restrictions (Eff. Jan. 22, 2022)
Posted on 22 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/24/2022 - "This Notification announces the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (“Secretary”), after consulting with interagency partners, to temporarily... Read More