Immigration Law

Recent Posts

CA9 Denies DHS Stay Request in Flores
Posted on 5 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores v. Barr, Oct. 4, 2020 "The government has not satisfactorily explained why ORR’s largely empty shelters are not capable of absorbing even as many as 140 additional minors a week for short-term stays before those minors are expelled... Read More

Judge Gee Orders ICE to Release More Kids
Posted on 27 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Macias Jr., CNS, Apr. 24, 2020 "A federal judge in Los Angeles said Friday the risk of Covid-19 spreading in immigrant detention facilities requires the government to adhere to a longstanding settlement requiring prompt release of immigrant... Read More

Aug. 23, 2019 Flores Regulation Permanently Enjoined
Posted on 30 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores v. Barr, Sept. 27, 2019 "On September 27, 2019, the Court entered an Order granting Plaintiffs’ Motion to Enforce and denied Defendants’ Motion to Terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. [Doc. # 688.] Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY... Read More

Flores Final Rule, Official Version (Federal Register, Aug. 23, 2019)
Posted on 23 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 164 / Friday, August 23, 2019 "This final rule amends regulations relating to the apprehension, processing, care, custody, and release of alien juveniles. The rule replaces regulations that were promulgated in 1988... Read More

Advance Copy of Flores Final Rule
Posted on 22 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 08/23/2019. "This final rule amends regulations relating to the apprehension, processing, care, custody, and release of alien juveniles. The rule replaces regulations that were... Read More

Where's the Rule? (Flores)
Posted on 21 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, DHS and HHS announced that they "published" and "issued" a final rule regarding the Flores Settlement Agreement. But as of 11:00 a.m. Eastern, there's no link to the rule on the web, including the... Read More

CA9 Upholds Flores
Posted on 16 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores v. Barr "In 1997, the United States entered into a settlement with a class of minors subject to detention by U.S. immigration authorities (“Plaintiffs”). The settlement agreement, incorporated into a consent decree, requires... Read More

Flores Plaintiffs Seek TRO
Posted on 28 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHRCL, June 26, 2019 "The Flores Settlement agreement we reached in 1997 with the Government sets the national standards for the humane treatment and prompt release of children in immigration custody nationwide. The case is now captioned Flores... Read More

ICE Final Rule on Flores to be Published in September 2019?
Posted on 21 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 06/24/2019. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—Final Rule Stage Apprehension, Processing, Care and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children Regulation... Read More

Flores Motion Challenges 'Prison-Like' Detention Camp for Unaccompanied Minors in Florida
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHRCL, May 31, 2019 - "Today we filed a motion to enforce the Flores settlement challenging the lengthy detention of children at the prison-like detention camp for unaccompanied minors located at Homestead, Florida. The motion details the long-term... Read More

Judge Gee Rejects ORR Effort to Push Back Against Flores Monitor (Nov. 5, 2018)
Posted on 7 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores v. Sessions, Nov. 5, 2018 - IN CHAMBERS - ORDER RE DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR PARTIAL RECONSIDERATION OF ORDER APPOINTING SPECIAL MASTER/INDEPENDENT MONITOR Read More

DHS/HHS Proposed Rule to Gut Flores Settlement Agreement
Posted on 7 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 174 / Friday, September 7, 2018 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (‘‘the Departments’’) propose to amend regulations relating... 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

Feds Employ Cruel Tactic in Attempt to Skirt Flores Settlement
Posted on 30 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Dec. 29, 2017 - "Thirteen-year-old Luis was crying as federal agents ordered him into the government vehicle. Tell your mother goodbye, they said. It was late October, and Blanca Vasquez and her son had only been... Read More