Immigration Law

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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

Monitoring Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 9 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHRCL, Nov. 8, 2017 - "Pursuant to Paragraph 33 of the nationwide class action settlement in Flores v. Johnson, 85-cv- 04544-DMG-AGR, Central District of California, class counsel and attorneys and paralegals they designate have the right of "access"... Read More

Who Profits From Plans to Lock Up More Immigrant Families? Private Prison Companies
Posted on 4 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Last week, the federal government announced that it will detain as many as 2,400 women and children on property in Dilley, Texas, that is currently used as a “man camp” for oilfield workers. The new facility will be the largest family... Read More

DHS Statement on Jailing Refugee Moms, Kids
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"ICE Director Saldaña and I understand the sensitive and unique nature of detaining families, and we are committed to continually evaluating it. We have concluded that we must make substantial changes to our detention practices when it comes... Read More

Private Prison CEOs ‘Pleased’ Their Earnings Soared From Keeping Immigrant Kids In Detention
Posted on 11 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, May 10, 2016 - "During separate conference calls to talk about earnings reports, two of the country’s largest for-profit private prisons indicated that they saw their profits soar from holding immigrant mothers and children... Read More

Immigrant Detention Centers Through the Eyes of a Therapist - 'What Happened in World War II is Happening Again'
Posted on 11 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 11, 2016 - "Unlike the internment camps, which were filled with people singled out for their ancestry, the nation's three family detention centers hold hundreds of adults and children... Read More

CCA Pick for Texas Immigration Jail Draws Ire
Posted on 14 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Five years after claims of scathing human rights abuses ended the detention of immigrant families at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, federal officials this week have unveiled plans to build another detention center in South Texas to house parents... Read More

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project Files Complaint with DHS
Posted on 31 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, Mar. 28, 2016 - "We submit this complaint to register our ongoing concern regarding the detention of traumatized mothers and children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) family detention centers... Read More

The Refugee Jail Deep in the Heart of Texas
Posted on 18 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aseem Mehta, Dec. 2015 - "While families fleeing the Middle East continue to dominate the news, the U.S. government has quietly built a gargantuan detention center for Central American migrants." Read More

Foursome in Sweetheart Deal: ICE, CCA, Eloy, Dilley
Posted on 28 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The largest immigrant detention facility in the country is under construction in the brush country of South Texas, about 85 miles from Mexico. What's unusual is how the government bypassed the normal bidding process, using a small town in Arizona... Read More

Tags: eloy , npr , detention , CCA , ICE , dilley

ICE, CCA Funnel Immigration Detention Dollars from Texas to Arizona
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When the immigration detention center in Dilley fills up next year, the city of Eloy, Arizona, population 16,600, stands to make $436,000. Eloy will benefit because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tapped the town as a pass-through to funnel... Read More

Tags: eloy , detention , Arizona , buch , CCA , ICE , Texas , dilley

ICE Releases a Handful of Refugees from Texas Lockups
Posted on 12 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With pressure building on the Obama administration to improve or abolish the detention of immigrant families, officials have agreed to release on bond at least half a dozen immigrant mothers, some of whom had sued the federal government for relief... Read More

NYC Bar Association’s Opposition to Expansion of Detention for Immigrant Mothers and Children - Letter to White House
Posted on 7 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he Administration’s plan to jail unprecedented numbers of families and young children while expediting their removal proceedings will lead to large-scale due process violations and the erroneous removals of legitimate refugees and others... Read More

Texas Court Issues Temporary Injunction Prohibiting Licensing of Dilley Family Detention Camp
Posted on 2 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, June 1, 2016 - " In a major victory for advocates, an Austin judge has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a child care license under lowered... Read More

Texas Family Detention Center Now Licensed for Child Care; Expert Details Trauma of Detention
Posted on 13 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A corrections corporation that manages a family detention center for Immigration and Customs Enforcement received a child care license from the state of Texas in May, raising questions among attorneys and activists as to whether the company is trying... Read More