Immigration Law

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U.S. Citizen Sues Pierce County for Unlawfully Detaining Him and Violating Constitutional Rights and State Law
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Jan. 12, 2022 "Carlos Rios, a United States citizen, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington today against Pierce County and Pierce County Jail deputies, seeking declaratory relief and damages... Read More

Tags: citizen

American Citizen Sues ICE for Unlawful Detention
Posted on 11 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, June 11, 2021 "Today, Carlos Rios, a citizen of the United States since 2000, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeking compensation for... Read More

Tags: citizen , detention , ICE

Partial Victory for Illegally Detained US Citizen: Hernandez v. US
Posted on 18 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hernandez v. US "In defending this appeal, the Government and the City point fingers at each other. The Government argues that the City was responsible for Hernandezʹs confinement and the City argues that it continued to detain Hernandez only because... Read More

American Citizen Imprisoned by ICE for Three Weeks in Texas
Posted on 23 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Obed Manuel, Dallas Morning News, July 22, 2019 "An 18-year-old Dallas-born U.S. citizen has been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more than three weeks, his attorney says. Now his... Read More

Tags: citizen , detention , ICE

The Deported Americans
Posted on 5 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brooke Jarvis, California Sunday Magazine, Jan. 31, 2019 "More than 600,000 U.S.-born children of undocumented parents live in Mexico. What happens when you return to a country you’ve never known?" Read More

Remarkable Pro Se CA5 Victory: Okpala v. Whitaker (denaturalization; relation-back)
Posted on 16 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Okpala v. Whitaker - "Petitioner Okey Garry Okpala [ pro se ]requests review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) affirming the immigration judge’s (“IJ”) deportation order. Because the BIA erred... Read More

American Citizen Sues Over Immigration Arrest
Posted on 7 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, July 5, 2017 - "Immigration lawyers in Miami-Dade County are challenging its practice of jailing people on behalf of federal immigration authorities, in a case that could test the Trump administration’s attempts... Read More

ICE Targets Another American Citizen for Deportation
Posted on 30 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joel Rubin and Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 29, 2017 - "Sergio Carrillo had already been handcuffed in the Home Depot parking lot when an officer wearing a Homeland Security uniform appeared. “Homeland Security?” Carrillo asked... Read More

American Citizen Sues DHS After Being Locked Up in Immigration Jail for 3.5 Years
Posted on 1 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A New York man is suing the Department of Homeland Security for detaining and seeking his deportation for three and a half years as immigration officers ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship. Davino Watson derived citizenship from his father... Read More

Lengthy Detention of American Citizen by ICE Yields Small Award: Watson v. USA
Posted on 29 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Watson v. USA, Feb. 25, 2016 - "This arcane case involves a combination of critical negligent factual errors by government officials and rare reversals in the interpretation of applicable substantive citizenship law. An American citizen was wrongly... Read More

Baseball Superstar Fernando Valenzuela Becomes American Citizen
Posted on 2 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jill Painter Lopez, New York Times, Aug. 31, 2015 - "Fernando Valenzuela recently held his right hand over his heart and clutched an American flag in his left hand, the same one that used to fire screwballs past major league batters. The photograph... Read More

No Apologies, But Feds Pay $350K to Deported American Citizen
Posted on 2 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Professor/blogger Jacqueline Stevens writes : " Andres Robles was 19 years old in 2008 when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Louisiana ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship, as well as their own files that readily affirm this... Read More

Man with U.S. Birth Certificate Deported to Mexico
Posted on 8 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A birth certificate is a basic document used to determine citizenship but it was not enough to keep Luis Jaquez in the United States. "They deported me," said Jaquez, 24 who is now living in a small house on a dirt street with his mother... Read More

ICE Locks Up U.S. Citizen for Seven Months; She Sues
Posted on 23 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration officials imprisoned a U.S. citizen for seven months and when she sued for the abuse tried to revoke her citizenship in retaliation, the woman claims in court. Sharon Arlanza Yost sued the United States in Federal Court . ... Yost seeks... Read More

After Forming Deep Roots in U.S., Man Discovers He Isn’t a Citizen
Posted on 13 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After living nearly a half century in the United States — marrying and raising a family here, paying taxes and working for decades for the federal government — Mario Hernandez made a discovery recently that rattled him to his core: He... Read More