Immigration Law

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Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention
Posted on 17 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ingrid Eagly, Esq., Steven Shafer, Esq. and Jana Whalley, Esq., American Immigration Council, August 16, 2018 - "The United States currently detains more protection-seeking families than any nation in the world. Since 2001, parents and their children... Read More

Class Action Certified in Cambodian Detention Suit: Chhoeun v. Marin
Posted on 16 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chhoeun v. Marin - "This action challenges the Government’s policy of arbitrarily rounding up and placing in immigration detention individuals who have been living peaceably in our communities for years.1 Petitioners Nak Kim Chhoeun and Mony... Read More

The Case Against Indefinite Detention - Hon. Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 6 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Jeffrey S. Chase, Aug. 5, 2018 - "An amicus brief was recently filed on behalf of a group of 20 former Immigration Judges and BIA Members (including myself) in the case of Rodriguez et. al. v. Robbins . The case, which was remanded back to the... Read More

Doctors Blow Whistle on Dangers Migrant Children Face in Detention
Posted on 19 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, NYT, July 18, 2018 - "The Trump administration, faced with a public outcry over the separation of migrant families at the Southwest border, has said it is exploring a major expansion of family detention centers. But two of the government’s... Read More

How Your Neighborhood Private Immigrant Prison Influences Its Members of Congress
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tanvi Misra, CityLab, July 11, 2018 - "Did the ICE facilities locate in districts where the congressperson was already quite conservative, and therefore already likely to sponsor such bills? Or, did the legislator introduce these bills because of... Read More

Where Cities Help Detain Immigrants
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tanvi Misra, CityLab, July 10, 2018 - "In the last few weeks, a handful of localities have taken action to end contracts with federal immigration authorities to jail immigrants, as anti-detention activists have long been pushing them to do, including... Read More

Tags: detention , cities , ICE

Family Separation Update - 4 Things You Need to Know (July 10, 2018)
Posted on 11 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, July 10, 2018 - "On June 26, a federal judge issued a national injunction in the ACLU’s class action lawsuit against the Trump administration’s policy of separating children and parents at the border. He ordered the government to... Read More

Defense Contractor Detained Migrant Children in Vacant Phoenix Office Building
Posted on 9 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aura Bogado, Ziva Branstetter and Vanessa Swales, Reveal, CIR, July 6, 2018 - "A major U.S. defense contractor quietly detained dozens of immigrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets... Read More

Fact: Mass Detention of Migrant Families is Unnecessary, Inefficient
Posted on 6 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eleanor Acer, Just Security, July 5, 2018 - "The administration’s turn toward mass detention of asylum seekers and migrants flies in the face of numerous empirical studies, including the government’s own statistics, that show such policies... Read More

Teen Taken at U.S. Border Tells of ‘Icebox’ Cages With 60 Girls
Posted on 5 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Erik Larson, Bloomberg, July 3, 2018 - "A 15-year-old girl who was forcibly separated from her mother after fleeing to the U.S. from El Salvador described to a Washington State investigator how she was crammed into a windowless room with 60 other... Read More

DHS OIG Faults ICE Detention Facility Inspections
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 26, 2018 - "ICE uses two inspection types to examine detention conditions in more than 200 detention facilities. ICE contracts with a private company and also relies on its Office of Detention Oversight for inspections. ICE also uses... Read More

Trump Executive Order Keeps Families Together...Behind Bars
Posted on 21 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, June 20, 2018 - "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq ., it is hereby ordered as follows... Read More

Babies Behind Bars: Child Abuse Now Government Policy Under Trump, Sessions, Nielsen
Posted on 20 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Steve Turnham, ABC News, June 18, 2018 - "There’s a vivid term mental health experts use to describe the destruction of the love of life in another human being, especially in a child: It's called “soul murder.” It can happen... Read More

Doctors Blow Whistle on Dangers Migrant Children Face in Detention
Posted on 19 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, NYT, July 18, 2018 - "The Trump administration, faced with a public outcry over the separation of migrant families at the Southwest border, has said it is exploring a major expansion of family detention centers. But two of the government’s... Read More

Judge: Feds Must Treat Separated Migrant Kids for PTSD
Posted on 18 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rosa Ferneuax, Mother Jones, July 17, 2018 - "Two immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the southern border have had their constitutional rights violated, a federal judge in Connecticut ruled late last week in yet another blow... Read More