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

The Use of Coercion by U.S. DHS Officials Against Parents Who Were Forcibly Separated From Their Children
Posted on 24 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Immigration Council and AILA | August 23, 2018 - "This complaint contains 13 pseudonymized case examples and original testimony from parents who were separated from their children that show a pervasive, illegal practice by DHS officials... 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

Expert: Court Sanctions Against Feds Over Family Separations Would Be Difficult To Enforce
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alan Gomez, USA Today, July 11, 2018 - "A federal judge may decide this week to impose some kind of punishment against the Trump administration if he determines that it failed to meet his deadlines to reunite immigrant children separated from their... 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

ICON Seeks Family Reunification, Due Process
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Immigrant Connection Project (ICON) "Are you an immigrant parent who has been separated from your child(ren) and is trying to reconnect? Are you a legal services provider who knows a parent looking for their child? The Immigrant Connection... Read More

Expert: Trump Executive Order Narrower Than Anticipated
Posted on 21 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, CNN, June 20, 2018 - "President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed course after days of digging in on a policy that resulted in immigrant family separations at the border, signing an executive order that will keep far more families together... Read More

Couple raises record $4 million on Facebook to reunite immigrant families
Posted on 19 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jessica Guynn, USA Today, June 19, 2018 - "In what is the largest single fundraiser ever on Facebook, a Silicon Valley couple has drummed up millions of dollars from tens of thousands of people to reunite immigrant parents with their children. As... Read More

Kids in Cages, Laura Bush Pushes Back, and S.3036
Posted on 18 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Begin your Monday, June 18, 2018 with these three stories: 1) "Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside." 2) "I appreciate the need... Read More

We Are Better Than This
Posted on 18 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Claire Thomas-Duckwitz, M.A., Ph.D., L.P., June 18, 2018 - "I visited Dilley, Texas in 2015 as part of a research team investigating practices at detention centers that housed migrants from Central America. Our study was commissioned by the Unitarian... Read More

Expert: Court Sanctions Against Feds Over Family Separations Would Be Difficult To Enforce
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alan Gomez, USA Today, July 11, 2018 - "A federal judge may decide this week to impose some kind of punishment against the Trump administration if he determines that it failed to meet his deadlines to reunite immigrant children separated from their... Read More