Immigration Law

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N.J. A.G. Issues Statewide Directive Curtailing State and Local Police Participation in Federal Civil Immigration Enforcement
Posted on 30 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NJ Attorney General, Nov. 29, 2018 - "Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today issued a directive to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Jersey limiting the types of voluntary assistance that their officers may provide to federal... Read More

Aug. 15, 2017 Memo from ICE Legal on Enforcement Priorities, Prosecutorial Discretion (BuzzFeed)
Posted on 8 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Oct. 8, 2018 - "Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement were restricted from granting reprieves for certain immigrants facing deportation, ordered to review and potentially reopen previously closed cases, and... Read More

Feds to Step Up Immigration Enforcement at Job Sites in 2018
Posted on 28 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel Connolly, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 27, 2017 - "The federal government plans to increase job site immigration enforcement actions across Tennessee in 2018, said Robert Hammer, a high-ranking enforcement official. Workplace immigration investigations... Read More

Promoting Access to Justice for Immigrant and LEP Crime Victims in an Age of Increased Immigration Enforcement – Report
Posted on 4 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIWAP, American University, Washington College of Law, May 3, 2018 - "This report presents the results of a national survey conducted during October and November 2017 among judges, police, prosecutors, advocates and attorneys documenting whether... Read More

Expert: The 'Tale of the Tape' on Trump's Immigration Enforcement
Posted on 6 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr & Emmie Smith, Feb. 5, 2018 - "Now that President Trump has been in office a year, it's appropriate to assess how much his administration has changed immigration law. Trump's State of the Union address a few... Read More

ICE Policy on Arrests at Courthouses, FAQ on Enforcement at 'Sensitive Locations'
Posted on 1 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Jan. 10, 2018 - Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions Inside Courthouses ICE, Jan. 31, 2018 - FAQ on Sensitive Locations and Courthouse Arrests Read More

Expert: Trump Misleads on MS-13, Immigration
Posted on 26 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Louis Jacobson, Politifact, Feb. 26, 2018 - "Speaking at the conservative CPAC conference in Washington, President Donald Trump took a hard line on immigration and again used the deadly Central American gang MS-13 as an example. MS-13 members, he... Read More

White House Sets Immigration Reform Markers (Updated; Annotated)
Posted on 9 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On October 8, 2017 the White House released several documents related to immigration, including: Immigration Principles and Policies Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities, Executive Summary Securing the Border by Deterring and Swiftly... Read More

A Washington County That Went for Trump is Shaken as Immigrant Neighbors Start Disappearing
Posted on 10 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nina Shapiro, Seattle Times, Nov. 9, 2017 - "Named after a character in a cowboy book, Police Chief Flint Wright describes himself as pretty conservative. A portrait of Ronald Reagan hangs in his office, along with photos of John Wayne, and his... Read More

Shifting Gears, Trump Administration Launches High-Profile Worksite Immigration Enforcement Operations - MPI
Posted on 25 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MPI, Jan. 24, 2018 - "In January 2018, the Trump administration carried out its largest immigration action yet against a U.S. employer, with hundreds of federal immigration agents descending upon 98 stores in the 7-Eleven chain in 17 states and the... Read More

DHS Sec. Johnson to Congress: DACA Info Should Not Be Used for Enforcement (with exceptions) - Letter
Posted on 5 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson, Dec. 30, 2016 - "Dear Representative Chu: On behalf of the Administration, I write in response to the letter you and 110 other members of Congress sent the President on December 5. In your letter, you ask us "to do everything... Read More

Sessions Issues Criminal Immigration Enforcement Memo to Federal Prosecutors
Posted on 11 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

April 11, 2017, MEMORANDUM FOR ALL FEDERAL PROSECUTORS, Renewed Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement Read More

Can Sessions Force 'Sanctuary' States, Cities to Kowtow?
Posted on 31 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Monday, March 27, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold - and even "claw back" - federal grants to so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions. Legal experts dispute Sessions' authority to do that. Two... Read More

DHS Immigration Memos Ratchet Up Border, Interior Enforcement (Feb. 20, 2017; Fact Sheets; Q&As)
Posted on 19 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two memos, both dated Feb. 20, 2017 and signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, authorize CBP, ICE and USCIS to significantly increase interior and border enforcement efforts: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement... Read More

ICE Immigration Enforcement Efforts Reach Less Than 0.02% of U.S. Employers - CRS Report
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Despite the increases in recent years ... the number of Final Orders for civil money penalties remains very low relative to the number of U.S. employers. Employers receiving Final Orders in FY2014, as shown in Table 1, represent less than .02% of... Read More