Immigration Law

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Settlement Places Strict Limits on ICE Detention at ICA-Farmville
Posted on 7 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, July 6, 2022 "Today, a settlement agreement on claims for injunctive relief was reached in Santos Garcia et al. v. Wolf et al. , a case filed by the National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), and Gibson, Dunn... Read More

Groundbreaking COVID-19 Settlement to Yield Protections for Immigrants Detained by ICE, Limit Re-detention for People Released
Posted on 1 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LCCRSF, Jan. 27, 2022 "Immigrants detained by ICE during the COVID-19 pandemic in two California detention facilities have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement to resolve a long-running class action lawsuit against ICE and GEO, a private... Read More

ICE, Detention, COVID & GEO: Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings
Posted on 21 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CA9, Feb. 18, 2021, Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings "Plaintiffs, civil immigration detainees housed at Mesa Verde Detention Facility and Yuba County Jail (collectively, the Facilities), filed a class petition for writ of habeas corpus, and a class complaint... Read More

Tags: detention , geo , COVID-19 , ICE

COVID-19 and Immigration Detention
Posted on 17 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caitlin Patler, PhD, Jackie Gonzalez, JD, Hamid Yazdan Panah, JD, Immigration Initiative at Harvard, Feb. 2021 "The COVID-19 pandemic exposes a federal immigration detention system of imprisonment without trial that has long failed to properly... Read More

ICE Detention COVID-19 Practices Violate Law: Report
Posted on 12 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Physicians for Human Rights, Jan. 12, 2021 - Praying for Hand Soap and Masks "The harsh and punitive conditions reported in this study show that ICE practices did not comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance or with ICE’s... Read More

ICE Detention Contributed 245K COVID-19 Cases
Posted on 10 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Detention Watch Network, Dec. 2020 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) failed pandemic response substantially increased the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to Hotbeds of Infection: How ICE Detention Contributed to... Read More

"Straight Up Dishonesty" - Judge Orders ICE to Depopulate Adelanto
Posted on 16 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Read Judge Hatter's Oct. 15, 2020 Order here , especially pages 2-3: "The Court has been concerned for some time with the lack of candor exhibited by the Government and its counsel in this case. Counsel for Petitioners-Plaintiffs have, also,... Read More

Order on Motion to Enforce in Fraihat COVID PI
Posted on 8 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Jordan writes: "I am pleased to report that we, along with co-counsel SPLC, DRA, Orrick, and Willkie, just got the attached order on our motion to enforce our Fraihat COVID preliminary injunction . We are working on developing guidance... Read More

Immigrant Detention and COVID-19: How a Pandemic Exploited and Spread through the US Immigrant Detention System
Posted on 14 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Donald Kerwin, Center for Migration Studies of New York, Aug. 2020 "This report reviews US detention developments from March 1 to August 1, 2020, a period when COVID-19 established itself and spread through the sprawling US detention system and... Read More

ICE COVID-19 Prisoner Protocol (Aug. 12, 2020)
Posted on 13 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Aug. 12,2020 "How does ICE screen new detainees for COVID-19? Effective June 4, 2020, ICE tests all new detainees who arrive at ICE-owned facilities for COVID-19 during the intake screening process. ICE houses all new arrivals separately ... Read More

Judge Orders ICE To Free Detained Immigrant Children Because Of COVID-19
Posted on 29 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Vanessa Romo, NPR, June 26, 2020 "Citing the unrelenting spread of the coronavirus, a federal judge has ordered that all children currently held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for more than 20 days must be released by July... Read More

Immigration Detention and Release Policies Fatally Flawed
Posted on 5 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Donald Kerwin, May 2, 2020 "In late March, I argued in an earlier version of this paper that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should immediately embark on an aggressive program of release, supervised release and alternative-to-detention... Read More

ICE Detention in Fla. Violates 5th, 8th Amendments: Gayle v. Meade
Posted on 1 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gayle v. Meade "The Petitioners in this case are 34 immigrant detainees. Petitioners claim that they are housed at one of three immigration detention centers in Florida: the Krome Detention Center in Miami (“Krome”), the Broward Transitional... Read More

Immigrant Detention, COVID-19, and Opportunities for Action
Posted on 28 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caitlin Patler, PhD, University of California, Davis; Altaf Saadi, MD MSc, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Hamid Yazdan Panah, JD, Immigrant Defense Advocates, April 2020 "Conditions of confinement in immigrant detention... Read More

A Long Time Coming: How the Immigration Bond and Detention System Created Today’s COVID-19 Tinderbox
Posted on 24 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hafsa S. Mansoor (J.D. ’20) & Katherine Comly (J.D. ’20), Under Supervision of Professor Lori A. Nessel, Seton Hall University School of Law | Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, Apr. 20, 2020 "Immigrants... Read More