Immigration Law

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Report: False “Gang Allegations” Deny NY Teens’ Access to Immigration Status and Bond Services
Posted on 19 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYIC Feb. 13, 2019 "The New York Civil Liberties Union and the New York Immigration Coalition released a new report today documenting how allegations of gang membership, no matter how vague or flimsy, can lead to the denial of immigration relief... Read More

CA9 on Visa Denials: Cardenas v. U.S.
Posted on 21 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cardenas v. U.S., June 21, 2016 - "A consular officer denied the visa application of Rolando Mora-Huerta, a Mexican national, on the ground that he was a “gang associate” who intended to enter the United States to engage in unlawful conduct... Read More

Gang Asylum (Guatemala, Mara-18) Victory in Hartford Immigration Court
Posted on 25 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jon Bauer writes: "On January 14, 2015, Judge Philip Verrillo of the Hartford, CT Immigration Court issued a written decision granting asylum to a Guatemalan man who was threatened with death, along with his family, by members of the Mara-18... Read More

Unpub. BIA CAT Victory: Mexico; Imputed Gang Affiliation
Posted on 7 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he respondent has presented evidence, undisputed by the DHS, that the Federal Government and at least one local government in the United States have identified him as a member of the Norteño gang and have done so in the presence of rival... Read More

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Gang and Cartel Violence: A Reason To Grant Political Asylum from Mexico and Central America
Posted on 13 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"People fleeing gang violence in Mexico and Central America have been, for the most part, denied asylum in the U.S. Nonetheless, modern interpretations of refugee and international law suggest that there is more merit to these claims for asylum than... Read More

CA9 on Guatemala, Social Group: Pirir-Boc v. Holder
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Court staff summary: "The panel granted a petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture, and remanded for further consideration in light... Read More

CA7 on El Salvador, Former Gang Members - Romero Arrazabal v. Lynch
Posted on 5 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Romero Arrazabal v. Lynch, May 4, 2016 - "Arrazabal fears that if he is returned to El Salvador, he will be persecuted by his gang, a rival gang, or the police. An immigration judge found his testimony incredible and denied all relief; the Board... Read More

American Gangsters Prey on Immigrants in Kansas
Posted on 12 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Nearly two dozen members of an Hispanic gang were arrested in Kansas this week under a federal grand jury indictment accusing them of victimizing [unauthorized] immigrants who do their business in cash and are reluctant to go to law enforcement... Read More