Immigration Law

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Court: DOJ Attempt to Avoid Flores Agreement 'Wholly Without Merit'
Posted on 10 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores v. Sessions, July 9, 2018 - "Defendants’ Ex Parte Application is a thinly veiled motion for reconsideration without any meaningful effort to comply with the requirements of Local Rule 7-18. ... Defendants now seek to hold minors in indefinite... Read More

Where Family Separation Began: A Case in El Paso Shows Flores is the Solution, Not the Problem
Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katherine Hawkins, Just Security, June 22, 2018 - " ... The Trump administration has denounced Flores as a “loophole,” and demanded that Congress override it so that it can start detaining families for longer periods of time. The executive... Read More

Expert: Trump's Effort to Modify Flores Agreement Likely Doomed
Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Erik Larson, Bloomberg, June 21, 2018 - "President Donald Trump may have a hard time reversing his policy of separating undocumented children from their parents at the U.S. border because his alternative may get shot down in court. Implementing the... Read More

A Backgrounder on the Flores Agreement
Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Women's Refugee Commission, June 15, 2018 - The Flores Settlement & Family Separation at the Border Read More

CA9 on Flores Settlement, Bond Hearings: Flores v. Sessions (July 5, 2017)
Posted on 6 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores v. Sessions - "On January 28, 1997, the district court approved a settlement between the plaintiff class and the federal government establishing a “nationwide policy for the detention, release, and treatment of minors in the custody... Read More

Meet Carlos Holguín, Father of the Flores Case
Posted on 1 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lorelei Laird, ABA Journal, Feb. 2016 - "At first, Carlos Holguín was skeptical. A well-known actor in Hollywood called seeking help for his housekeeper’s daughter after immigration authorities arrested and detained the girl for being... Read More

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Expert: Judge's Order to Release Detained Moms, Kids 'Historic'
Posted on 22 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge ruled late Friday night that the Obama administration has just over two months to begin releasing hundreds of migrant mothers and children who have been locked up in government family detention centers as they await their asylum... Read More

Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years in Immigration Jail
Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katie Shepherd, Aug. 9, 2017 - "An immigration judge ordered the immediate release of a three-year-old immigrant child and his mother from a detention center in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, stating that it was one of the most sympathetic cases for... Read More

ICE Seeks Return of Children to Immigration Jail
Posted on 22 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Benshoff, WHYY, Newsworks, Aug. 21, 2017 - "On a video-conferencing screen at an immigration court in York County Prison, a 4-year-old boy appears, sitting in a white plastic chair next to his mother. Wearing a suit, he colors a piece of... Read More

Bond Hearings Ordered for Detained Refugee Kids: Flores v. Lynch
Posted on 22 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHR, Jan. 20, 2017 - "The Center for Human Rights, U.C. Davis Law School Legal Clinic, and the Youth Law Center today won a class-wide order compelling the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ORR) to... Read More

Posted on 19 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHRCL, May 19, 2016 - "Claiming that the conditions of their detention are "deplorable" and "inhumane," and that they are being illegally held in remote detention centers commingled with hundreds of unrelated adults, children... Read More

Negotiations on Detention of Refugee Moms, Kids Divide Advocacy Groups
Posted on 27 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Obama administration has conceded that it must curtail long-term detention of migrant mothers and children. But officials may have to go even further if government lawyers agree to a confidential proposal that would limit the detention of most... Read More

The Price For Deporting an American Child? $32K (Ruiz v. USA)
Posted on 5 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC writes - "Some say the wheels of justice turn slowly; however, when justice is finally delivered it is sweet. After more than two years of litigation, the U.S. government has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Leonel Ruiz on behalf of his minor... Read More

Are Feds Stalling Detention Deal to Keep Refugee Moms, Kids Behind Bars?
Posted on 11 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Secret talks over the fate of the Obama administration’s family detention program may be breaking down, meaning many migrant mothers and children could remain locked up for the foreseeable future. A critical opinion by a federal judge –... Read More

Judge: ICE Violated Landmark Settlement Agreement, Must Release Refugee Moms, Kids
Posted on 25 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Defendants do not satisfactorily explain why the Agreement, after being in effect since 1997, should only now encourage others to enter the United States without authorization. Nor do Defendants proffer any competent evidence that ICE’s detention... Read More