Immigration Law

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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

Child Detention Lawsuit Moves Forward
Posted on 21 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Legal Aid Justice Center, Nov. 16, 2018 - "Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied the U.S. government’s motion to dismiss Legal Aid Justice Center’s lawsuit on behalf of detained immigrant children... Read More

Trump Administration’s New Indefinite Family Detention Policy: Deterrence Not Guaranteed
Posted on 27 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Sarah Pierce, Migration Policy Institute, Sept. 26, 2018 - "Having shelved a controversial family-separation practice that drew massive protest—and did not slow the arrival of Central American families at the U.S.-Mexico... Read More

A National Shame: The Trump Administration’s Separation and Detention of Migrant Families - Report
Posted on 29 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adam Isacson, Maureen Meyer and Adeline Hite, Aug. 28, 2018 - "The zero tolerance policy’s most visible outcome was the mass separation of asylum-seeking parents and children. The Trump administration’s ham-fisted effort to implement... Read More

Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention
Posted on 17 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ingrid Eagly, Esq., Steven Shafer, Esq. and Jana Whalley, Esq., American Immigration Council, August 16, 2018 - "The United States currently detains more protection-seeking families than any nation in the world. Since 2001, parents and their children... Read More

Family Separation Update - 4 Things You Need to Know (July 10, 2018)
Posted on 11 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, July 10, 2018 - "On June 26, a federal judge issued a national injunction in the ACLU’s class action lawsuit against the Trump administration’s policy of separating children and parents at the border. He ordered the government to... Read More

Fact: Mass Detention of Migrant Families is Unnecessary, Inefficient
Posted on 6 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eleanor Acer, Just Security, July 5, 2018 - "The administration’s turn toward mass detention of asylum seekers and migrants flies in the face of numerous empirical studies, including the government’s own statistics, that show such policies... Read More

Family Separation Update - 4 Things You Need to Know (July 10, 2018)
Posted on 11 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, July 10, 2018 - "On June 26, a federal judge issued a national injunction in the ACLU’s class action lawsuit against the Trump administration’s policy of separating children and parents at the border. He ordered the government to... Read More

Free Webinar on Family Separation and Family Detention at the Border (1pm Eastern, Wed., June 27, 2017)
Posted on 26 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PLI - "In the past several weeks, the administration has escalated its efforts to detain, deport, and deter asylum seekers, particularly those from Central America. The administration has used a “zero-tolerance” policy of prosecuting... Read More

PA Revokes License of Berks County Immigration Lockup
Posted on 1 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AP, Jan. 30, 2016 - "the state decided to revoke the operating license of a residential facility used by the federal government to house asylum-seeking immigrant families. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services said it won't renew the... Read More

ABA Releases Report on Family Immigration Detention
Posted on 20 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, Aug. 20, 2015 - "A new report on the expansion of immigration detention released by the American Bar Association concludes that the federal government’s use of family detention violates applicable laws and human rights norms. ... Read More

ICE Seeks to Increase Family Immigration Detention Bed Space
Posted on 3 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, Nov. 2, 2016 - "Months before the Obama presidency ends, opponents of family detention are concerned his administration is expanding the controversial policy centered on two immigration holding facilities south... Read More

ABA Commission on Immigration report excoriates federal detention policy for immigrant families
Posted on 21 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A report released Aug. 19 by the ABA Commission on Immigration with the assistance of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers takes the federal government to task for its policy of detaining immigrant mothers with young children. “... Read More

ICE Announces Changes at Immigration Jails for Refugee Moms, Kids; 'General Deterrence' No Longer a Factor on Bond
Posted on 14 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From ICE, May 13, 2015 , emphasis added: "ICE announces enhanced oversight for family residential centers WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a series of actions to enhance oversight and accountability... Read More

ICE Memo: Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities
Posted on 24 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This Directive establishes ICE policy and procedures to address the placement, monitoring, accommodation, and removal of certain alien parents. The Directive is particularly concerned with the placement, monitoring, accommodation, and removal of... Read More