Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Texas Supreme Court on Immigration Detention, Licensure, Standing: Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS
Posted on 17 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS "In this suit, we determine whether the plaintiffs have standing to challenge a Department of Family and Protective Services licensing rule governing immigration detention centers. The court of appeals concluded that... Read More

No Place for a Child
Posted on 16 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Anna Flagg, Julia Preston, June 16, 2022 "In cells built for adults, one-third are child migrants. Border authorities have resisted improving conditions for minors in crowded, freezing facilities." Read More

COURT STRENGTHENS PROTECTIONS FOR CHILDREN IN IMMIGRATION CUSTODY
Posted on 14 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

National Center for Youth Law, Mar. 14, 2022 "On Friday, March 11, 2022, a federal judge held that unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody are entitled to greater constitutional protections than they are currently afforded when they... Read More

TVPRA Victory - Ramirez v. ICE
Posted on 3 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, July 2, 2020 "A federal court has ruled that the failure of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to consider less restrictive settings before transferring unaccompanied immigrant youth to ICE detention on their 18th birthdays... 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

MALDEF OK'd to Intervene in TX Baby Jail Litigation
Posted on 18 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Apr. 18, 2020 "A federal court on Friday allowed two San Antonio residents, who are seeking to block a for-profit company from opening a controversial detention center for migrant children, to intervene in a lawsuit. In February, MALDEF... Read More

Legal Scholars & UN Experts: Flores Regulations Violate International Law
Posted on 30 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cornell Law Prof. Ian M. Kysel writes: "As the amicus briefs in the 9th circuit appeal in Flores rolled in, I wanted to flag one in particular on which I am co-counsel: an amicus brief by more than 125 legal scholars and non-governmental organizations... Read More

New Book - Baby Jails: The Fight to End Incarceration of Refugee Children
Posted on 13 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

University of California Press "Baby Jails: The Fight to End the Incarceration of Refugee Children in America, by Philip G. Schrag About the Book “I worked in a trailer that ICE had set aside for conversations between the women and the... Read More

Private Sector Seeks to Profit by Detaining Migrant Kids
Posted on 4 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2019 "[A] joint investigation by The Associated Press and FRONTLINE has found that the Trump administration has started shifting some of the caretaking of migrant children toward the private... Read More

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

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

"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

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