Immigration Law

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CBP Illegally Detaining Iranian-Americans at Border
Posted on 5 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CAIR, Jan. 5, 2020 "The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages who were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing... Read More

Tags: cbp , citizens , Iranian , border

ICE Held American Citizen in Custody for 1,273 Days
Posted on 2 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paige St. John, Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 27, 2018 - "Immigration officers in the United States operate under a cardinal rule: Keep your hands off Americans. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents repeatedly target U.S. citizens... Read More

U.S. Citizen Kids' Benefits At Risk By Birth Certificate Denials in Texas
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"One mother's U.S. citizen children were denied entry to Head Start. Another U.S-born child was kicked out of school. A mother stopped by police was interrogated over whether she was truly her U.S. citizen child's parent. These are some... Read More

U.S. Citizen Kids in Immigrant Families Face Barriers to Social Services
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"About 88 percent of children living in immigrant families are U.S citizens, but they are heavily impacted by immigration laws and policies that restrict social services to immigrants. Even if the children qualify for government services such... Read More

ICE Continues to Detain and Deport American Citizens
Posted on 28 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eyder Peralta, NPR, Dec. 22, 2016 - "It's illegal for U.S. immigration authorities to hold Americans in detention. However, an NPR analysis of data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request shows that hundreds of American citizens... Read More

Deporting citizens
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Professor/blogger Jacqueline Stevens continues to educate us all concerning the Anthony Clarke, Mark Lyttle and Esteban Tiznado cases. See here (Dec. 7, 2011) and here (Dec. 9, 2011.) Read More

American citizens snared in ICE's deportation dragnet
Posted on 14 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A growing number of United States citizens have been detained under Obama administration programs intended to detect [unauthorized] immigrants who are arrested by local police officers." - New York Times, Dec. 14, 2011 . Read More

Tags: citizens , arrest , ICE

No Papers? It's the Kids Who Suffer (Op-Ed)
Posted on 27 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At least one of every 15 children living in the United States has an unauthorized parent, and nearly all of those children are native-born United States citizens. Think of that statistic, one in 15, the next time you drive by a school or a playground... Read More

Another U.S. citizen arrested, jailed, almost deported by ICE
Posted on 21 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Emilio René Pincheira Dennett was still asleep at about 6 a.m. one morning in September when agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, armed with guns and rifles, knocked on the door of the Santa Fe house he shares with his parents... Read More

Tags: citizens , arrest , ICE

Lawsuit: U.S. Citizen Children Denied Birth Certificates in Texas
Posted on 29 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A lawsuit contends the state of Texas is routinely discriminating against the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents by denying them birth certificates. According to the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Austin... Read More

E-Verify's Getting Better for Citizens, Worse for Immigrants, Asylees
Posted on 10 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A government report released this week found that E-Verify, a federal program that checks whether someone can legally work in the U.S., is growing more accurate. But not for immigrants. The report, commissioned by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration... Read More

The U.S. Keeps Deporting American Citizens
Posted on 8 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Meredith Hoffman, Mar. 8, 2016 - "The story is strikingly common: thousands of citizens have been unlawfully deported or detained by ICE in recent years, according to extensive research undertaken by Jacqueline Stevens, a political science professor... Read More

ICE Locking Up Hundreds of US Citizens in Recent Years; Chicago Case Suggests ICE Obstruction of Justice
Posted on 18 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Data recently released by the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) responsive to my FOIA request shows ICE today still is holding US citizens from days to years prior to their cases being terminated or closed. Preliminary analysis of a... Read More

Tags: stevens , citizens , joseph , ICE

Report: Thousands Of U.S. Citizens Arrested By ICE
Posted on 20 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"One of the most disturbing findings in our research is that 1.6% of cases we analyzed were U.S. citizens and all were apprehended by ICE. If we extrapolate that number to the 226,694 cumulative administrative arrests and/or bookings into ICE custody... Read More

U.S. citizen stuck in Mexico after allegedly being coerced to deny citizenship
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Brenda Vázquez was born in Texas. On her way back from Mexico, though, she told border patrol agents she was in fact born in Mexico. Now she is not allowed to return to the U.S. Her attorney, however, says the young woman only said... Read More