Immigration Law

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Nov. 18, 2015 Policy Memo: Approval of a Spousal Immediate Relative Visa Petition under INA Sec. 204(l) after the Death of a U.S. Citizen Petitioner
Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 18, 2015 - "The Policy Memorandum (PM) revises chapter 10.21(a), (b), (c)(2) and the last paragraph of (c)(5) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to implement the decision in Williams v. DHS Secretary, 741 F.3d 1228 (11th Cir... Read More

Immigration Judge: Death Penalty Cases in a Traffic Court Setting
Posted on 29 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"What many Americans are just beginning to realize is that a high-stakes drama is being played out in a courtroom near them right now. Not only is this storyline nonfiction, but it often involves life and death consequences. The courtrooms are located... Read More

Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Cross-Border Shooting Death of Mexican Teen
Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tucson Sentinel, Sept. 24, 2015 - "Nearly three years after a 2012 shooting in Nogales, the U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired through the border fence and killed 16-year old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand... Read More

Another Cross-Border Shooting Death on Arizona - Mexico Border
Posted on 12 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a teenager in Nogales, Sonora, late Wednesday night after being shelled with rocks near the border fence. The Sonora State Investigative Police identified the fallen suspect as 16-year-old José Antonio... Read More

Another Immigrant Dies in ICE Jail; 6th in FY12
Posted on 6 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — "A Mexican national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) passed away Sunday morning at Victor Valley Community Hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for pneumonia. Fernando... Read More

Tags: immigrant , death , ICE

Lawsuit Claims Woman’s Deportation Was a Death Sentence
Posted on 27 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. government deported 387,790 people in 2009, one of them a frightened 22-year-old victim of domestic abuse known, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday [June 5, 2013,] as “Laura S.” Despite having a restraining order against her abusive... Read More

Details Emerge, Questions Remain in Texas 'Rain of Death' Investigation
Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Texas law enforcement agents were close enough to a pickup truck to see it was carrying people, not drugs, before one opened fire, killing two Guatemalan immigrants hiding under a cover in the vehicle's bed, a diplomat said Tuesday. Texas Department... Read More

Mother of Slain Mexican Teen Sues Border Patrol, Seeks Trial in Shooting Death of Her Son
Posted on 29 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Araceli Rodriguez, the mother of slain Mexican teen Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, filed a federal lawsuit today in Arizona to pursue justice for her son, who was killed nearly two years ago by U.S. Border Patrol agents, identified only as John Does... Read More

Crossing Alone: An Untimely Death Without Explanation
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Gloria Jerónimo Sales cried softly in an autumn rain as she gently wiped splatters of mud from her 17-year-old son's tomb. Mario Morales Jerónimo died in the custody of U.S. government officials nearly three years ago, but his... Read More

Border D.A. Asks for Halt to 'Rain of Death'
Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Hidalgo County district attorney has asked the Texas Department of Public safety to temporarily suspend its practice of using airborne sharpshooters to disable vehicles suspected of criminal activity. Last week, two immigrants suspected of being... Read More

FBI to Review Texas 'Rain of Death' Shooting; DPS Chase Stats Appalling
Posted on 3 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Texas DPS chief on Friday asked federal agents to review the deaths of two Guatemalan immigrants, killed last week when a state trooper opened fire on a smuggling vehicle near La Joya. The Texas Rangers will hand over their investigation to... Read More

Father of Five Dies in Arizona Desert after Being Deported
Posted on 23 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Vista man died along the U.S. border with Mexico last month trying to return to his family after being deported. The body of Alfonso Martinez Sanchez, 39, was found on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, his family and authorities said... Read More

Another Cross-Border Shooting Death by U.S. Border Patrol?
Posted on 8 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Guillermo Arévalo Pedroza was on the bank of the Rio Grande with his youngest daughter when the bullets started flying Monday night, his wife said. After he was hit, the 9-year-old girl wrapped her arms around him. Nora Isabel Lam Gallegos... Read More

Mysterious Deaths Sparks Hunger Strike at Arizona Immigration Jail (Eloy)
Posted on 14 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A group of 200 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike at Eloy Detention Center outside Phoenix Saturday morning to protest a detainee's death last month and call attention to conditions at the facility, said immigrant rights activists... Read More

Texas Helicopter Shooting Deaths: Excessive Use of Force
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Was it right for a Texas Department of Public Safety employee to shoot at a pick-up truck [from a helicopter,] resulting in the deaths of two undocumented immigrants? Was it a reasonable use of police force? Under the doctrine of proportionality... Read More