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

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

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

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

Texas Court Blocks Licensing of Family Detention Camps as 'Childcare' Facilities
Posted on 3 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, Dec. 3, 2016 - "In a major victory for detained asylum seeking mothers and their children, an Austin judge Friday issued a final judgment effectively preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)... 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

Students and Professors Fight for Families at Karnes Detention Center - AILA Leadership Blog
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA Leadership Blog, Mar. 14, 2016 - "Two weeks ago, six law students from the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic visited Karnes Detention Center. The students were Kate Chapman (3L), Ivonne Escobar (2L), Hellieth Pedroza... 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

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

Old Contract With GEO Group May Tie Karnes County's Hands Over Family Immigration Prison Expansion
Posted on 7 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On Thursday afternoon, the Karnes County Commissioners Court, which normally meets before a handful of citizens, moved its meeting to an overflow room. The meeting was unusually well-attended because the county’s residents need to decide —... 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

A 'Golden Cage'...Is Still a Cage
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Award-winning Univision reporter Julio César Ortiz takes us inside the new Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas. - Univision, July 22, 2012 . Read More