Immigration Law

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Former ICE lawyer switches sides: I want to protect immigrant children, not prosecute them
Posted on 27 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Peña, June 27, 2018 - "My face turned beet red when the immigration judge demanded I explain why a six-month old baby was being called to appear separately from his mother in a removal hearing. Though the mother was physically in the... Read More

Federal Courts Block Trump Muslim/Travel Ban 2.0
Posted on 16 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hawaii TRO here . Maryland TRO here . Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, Mar. 16, 2017 - "A second federal judge issued an injunction Thursday blocking enforcement of one of the critical sections of President Trump’s revised travel ban... Read More

DOJ to Surge Immigration Judges to Detention Courts in Double Shifts
Posted on 10 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Mar. 9, 2017 - "The Department of Justice is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention facilities across the United States, according to two sources and a letter seen by Reuters and sent to judges on Thursday. The... Read More

San Antonio Immigration Court Non-Detained Cases Pushed to November 2019
Posted on 28 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We have been having communications with EOIR for months about setting a date for the non-detained cases that have been going off calendar. EOIR has now said that the system will show November 29, 2019 as the reset date for all of the non-detained... Read More

Removal of 190,000 Sought in US Immigration Courts in FY 2013: TRAC
Posted on 12 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" TRAC projects that in fiscal year 2013 the U.S. government will file actions in Immigration Court seeking to remove over 190,000 individuals from the country, according to the latest data extending through the end of August 2013. The estimated... Read More

Tags: courts , removal , TRAC

The State of Immigration Courts: A View from the Inside
Posted on 19 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The problems plaguing the Immigration Court system have been documented for years. ln 1983, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) was created to provide independence and insulation for the immigration courts from the enforcement functions... Read More

Holder: Lawyers for Refugee Kids a 'Moral Obligation'
Posted on 14 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border — even as his department takes the opposite position in court. Holder said Friday in a speech to the... Read More

Expert: Courts Will Be Very Busy With Immigration Cases
Posted on 31 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ben Remaly, NBC News, May 30, 2017 - "The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is criticizing the appointment of a Citizenship and Immigration Services ombudsman who previously worked for a group that supports immigration restrictions as "offensive... Read More

NYC Sets Up a Help Desk for Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court
Posted on 17 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"New York City has set up a help desk in federal immigration court to put unaccompanied children in touch with educational and health services. Three workers from the departments of Education and Health were sitting at a desk in the hallway of Immigration... Read More

Trump Travel Ban Faces Court Hearings By Challengers Today, Mar. 15, 2017
Posted on 15 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joel Rose, NPR, Mar. 15, 2017 - "At least three judges will hear last-minute challenges today to President Trump's revised executive order on immigration, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday. The order temporarily halts the U... Read More

U.S. Refugee Crisis Shifts From Border To Courts
Posted on 24 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he number of children arriving at the border has sharply decreased, in part because Mexico has been returning children to their home countries before they can reach the United States. But the crisis has not ended. It has simply shifted. It... Read More

Migrant Cases' Fast Track Stirs Alarm
Posted on 29 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Justice Department push for immigration courts to prioritize cases involving unaccompanied minors has raised concern among lawyers and judges that the move could undermine children's rights and lead to an even greater backlog of cases. On... Read More

ICE Raids at California Courthouses
Posted on 1 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Sergio Villatoro was waiting to pay a traffic ticket at the Kern County courthouse in Lamont, California, when the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid began. ICE agents blocked all of the exits. Although ICE agents made no attempt to... Read More

TRAC Report: Ballooning Wait Times for Hearing Dates in Overworked Immigration Courts
Posted on 22 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 21, 2015 - "There were nearly a half million individual deportation cases (456,644) pending before the judges in the nation's clearly overwhelmed Immigration Courts at the end of August, according to the very latest information obtained... Read More

Tags: courts , backlog , TRAC

Mixed Reaction to New Wa. Evidence Rule re Immigration Status in Civil, Criminal Trials
Posted on 15 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Evan Bush, Seattle Times, Nov. 15, 2017 - "Last Wednesday, the state Supreme Court ... approved a rule that makes evidence about a person’s immigration status “generally inadmissible” in civil and criminal courts statewide unless... Read More