Immigration Law

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Lawsuit Challenges Lack of Medical Care in ICE Jails
Posted on 20 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CREEC, Aug. 19, 2019 "A nationwide class action lawsuit was filed today against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and others acting in their official capacities. The lawsuit challenges... Read More

Tags: detention , lawsuit , ICE

Detained Children Must Have Adequate Food, Hygiene Items: Court
Posted on 16 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15, 2019 "In a case that dramatized the plight of children detained at the border, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld an order requiring immigration authorities to provide minors with adequate food, water... Read More

ICE Jail in Colorado Uses Solitary Confinement
Posted on 6 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Susan Greene, Colorado Independent, Aug. 6, 2019 "ICE has a long, yet little-known record of holding detainees in solitary confinement – a term the agency forcefully rejects, preferring “segregation” in “Restricted Housing... Read More

American Citizen Imprisoned by ICE for Three Weeks in Texas
Posted on 23 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Obed Manuel, Dallas Morning News, July 22, 2019 "An 18-year-old Dallas-born U.S. citizen has been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more than three weeks, his attorney says. Now his... Read More

Tags: citizen , detention , ICE

ICE Just Quietly Opened Three New Detention Centers, Flouting Congress’ Limits
Posted on 10 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Noah Lanard, Mother Jones, July 9, 2019 "When members of Congress reached a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown in February, they gave Immigration and Customs Enforcement a simple instruction: Stop detaining so many people. Instead,... Read More

What a Pediatrician Saw Inside a Border Patrol Warehouse
Posted on 9 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic, July 3, 2019 "Dolly Lucio Sevier evaluated dozens of sick children at a facility in South Texas. She found evidence of infection, malnutrition, and psychological trauma." Read More

DHS Inspector General Management Alert: DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley
Posted on 3 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Inspector General, July 2, 2019 "... During our visits to five Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley, we observed serious overcrowding of UACs and families, populations defined as “at-risk” in TEDS standards (see figures... Read More

Court Blocks Matter of M-S-; Detained Asylum Applicants May Seek Bond
Posted on 3 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In Matter of M-S- (slated to take effect in mid-July) Attorney General Barr stated: "I read [INA] section 235(b)(1)(B)(ii) to mandate detention (i) for the purpose of ensuring additional review of an asylum claim, and (ii) for so long as that review... Read More

Tags: bond , detention , barr , asylum

"Why Detain at All?"
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, June 29, 2019 "A federal judge has ordered a mediator to move swiftly to improve health and sanitation at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, where observers reported migrant children were subject to filthy conditions... Read More

Judge Orders Feds to Fix Kids' Border Detention Conditions Fast (Law360)
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dave Simpson, Law360, June 28, 2019 "A California federal judge Friday gave the Trump administration two weeks to get living conditions for children being detained at border facilities up to snuff, following reports that kids there are malnourished... Read More

ICE Focus Shifts Away from Detaining Serious Criminals - TRAC
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 25, 2019 "Much in the news has been the increasing number of immigrants being held in custody. This report profiles those individuals Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained. Based on case-by-case records recently obtained... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

Gov. Pritzker Signs Package of Legislation Enhancing Protections for Illinois' Immigrant Families
Posted on 25 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Office of the Governor, June 21, 2019 "Making good on his promise to make Illinois a welcoming state for all, Governor JB Pritzker signed three pieces of legislation Friday to protect Illinois' immigrant community amid growing attacks from... Read More

Attorneys: Texas Border Facility is Neglecting Migrant Kids
Posted on 24 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cedar Attanasio, Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, June 21, 2019 "A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy... Read More

Habeas Victory in SDNY: Martinez v. McAleenan
Posted on 17 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martinez v. McAleenan "Luis Martinez ("Petitioner"), a native and citizen of Mexico, has been living in the U.S. since 1990, when he was 12 or 13 years old. Petitioner has been detained in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE"... Read More

DHS OIG Finds 'Egregious Violations' of Immigration Detention Standards
Posted on 6 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, June 3, 2019 "Overall, our inspections of four detention facilities revealed violations of ICE’s 2011 Performance-Based National Detention Standards, which set requirements for facilities housing detainees. This report summarizes... Read More

Tags: detention , dhs oig , ICE