Immigration Law

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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

Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... Read More

At Senate Hearing, Feds Double Down on 'Summer Camp' Baby Jails for Refugee Kids
Posted on 19 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, CNN, Sept. 18, 2018 - "A senior Trump administration official on Tuesday stood by his controversial comments comparing the detention centers for immigrant families to "summer camp," but declined to answer whether he'd send... 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

Migrant Child Prisoners Clean Toilets, Can't Hug Siblings
Posted on 15 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dan Barry, Miriam Jordan, Annie Correal and Manny Fernandez, New York Times, July 15, 2018 - "Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case. Lights... Read More

Class Action Challenges Trump, Sessions Attack on Refugee Children
Posted on 21 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYCLU, Feb. 20, 2018 - "The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced a class action lawsuit against the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for trapping immigrant children in prolonged detention. Though the agency is obligated to promptly... Read More

Texas Mulls Licensure of Immigration Jails for Refugee Kids, Moms
Posted on 31 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 29, 2016 - "The speakers trekked to the podium one after another, simultaneously lambasting and pleading with a panel of child protection officials weighing the fate of thousands of immigrant mothers and... Read More

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers
Posted on 15 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous... Read More

ABA President: Detention of Refugee Moms, Kids "Inconsistent with Fundamental Principles of Liberty"
Posted on 28 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"... Detention is neither effective nor justifiable as deterrence to migration of families and individuals fleeing violence. Such detention violates basic principles requiring that any deprivation of liberty be justified based on individual circumstances... Read More

Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling
Posted on 29 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, CLINIC, AIC, HRF, RAICES, Dec. 24, 2015 - "Attorneys and advocates called the government to account for rushing detained children and mothers through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger; glaring due process violations have... Read More

The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps
Posted on 4 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Over the next year, most of the families who are currently in detention will wend their way through the refugee system. Some will be released on bond to await their asylum hearing; others will remain in custody until their hearings are complete... Read More