Immigration Law

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My Great FOIA Adventure and Discoveries of Deferred Action Cases at ICE
Posted on 5 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This Article describes my adventures in FOIA litigation and analyzes deferred action data collected informally by 24 ICE field offices between October 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. This Article also offers recommendations for the agency on data collection... Read More

Not Quite the DREAM Act for Military DREAMers
Posted on 19 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Unauthorized immigrants are not currently allowed to enlist in the US Armed Forces voluntarily (although they may be drafted, if there is a military draft) . People with work permits or “deferred action” are likewise currently ineligible... Read More

DACA: The F.A.Q.
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Over the past three years, this Administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to transform the immigration enforcement system into one that focuses on public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system. As the... Read More

DHS Outlines Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 3, 2012 : "DHS Outlines Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process - USCIS to begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action on August 15, 2012 WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today provided... Read More

Why 'Deferred Action' Isn't Enough
Posted on 25 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Deferred action is a vague and confusing process—and it will probably lead to unscrupulous notarios entering the picture. Under current regulations, individuals whose case has been deferred are eligible to receive employment authorization... Read More

Do DREAMers Really Need Lawyers?
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Even though the requirements look simple, you don’t need a law degree to know that looks can be deceiving. So when do you really need a lawyer? And just as importantly, what can (and should) a lawyer do for you? ... Some of the red flags are... Read More

Preparing for Deferred Action: Free Webinar, July 19th
Posted on 12 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This webinar will cover what we know about the new deferred action policy for undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children, including basic eligibility requirements, how to document eligibility, "red flags" for applicants,... Read More

Community Pressure, Media Coverage Shame DHS into Granting Reprieve for Florida Valedictorian
Posted on 7 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The valedictorian of a Florida high school who was close to being deported has won a reprieve from the Department of Homeland Security, which is deferring action for two years. Attorney Nera Shefer's office received notification from the... Read More

Immigration Reprieve Could Bring Thousands of New Workers to Payrolls
Posted on 21 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As thousands of young [unauthorized] immigrants consider openly applying for work permits under a new Obama administration directive, they dream of jobs they could never find in the shadows. Eduardo Ruiz, of San Jose, has worked in a South Bay market... Read More

A lawful step for the immigration system
Posted on 30 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" P resident Obama recently announced a policy to stop deportation of most undocumented immigrants who came here as children and to give them a quasi-status, called deferred action, that can let them work legally. Perhaps 800,000 Dreamers (as these... Read More

Free DACA Webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012
Posted on 19 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Hear from leading practitioners on what their filing experience so far. You hear about documentation trends and issues encountered by foreign nationals. How should you explain the program benefits to foreign national (DREAMer) clients who inquire... Read More

Dreams Deferred: Deferred Action, Prosecutorial Discretion, and the Vexing Case(s) of DREAM Act Students
Posted on 29 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In June 2011, with the release of what came to be known as the “Morton Memo,” there were developments in the issue of Deferred Action (DA) and the extent to which President Obama’s Administration would extend a form of prosecutorial... Read More

Deferred Action for Immigrant Youth: A Q&A Guide
Posted on 22 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Below is a Q&A guide outlining basic facts on deferred action, who is eligible, and important information on process and timing. NOTE: If you believe you are eligible for deferred action, DO NOT turn yourself in and DO NOT give money to anyone... Read More

For Young Immigrants With a Past, A Fear of Falling Into Policy's Grey Area
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Cecilio, 24, came to the United States from Mexico 11 years ago. He’s expecting to graduate from Borough of Manhattan Community College next year with an Associate’s Degree in liberal arts. Cecilio satisfies the age, residence and education... Read More

Celebrating the Victories: Deferred Action for DREAMers
Posted on 17 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" This past week, the Director of our Detention and Asylum program, Michelle Brané, was awarded the Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law , which honors her dedication to improving and protecting the lives... Read More