Immigration Law

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Colo. Gov. Polis Signs Pro-Immigrant Bills
Posted on 29 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 1124, Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach : " BILL SUMMARY The bill allows a law enforcement officer or employee to cooperate or... Read More

Guilty Plea in Ohio Egg Farm Slavery Case
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two defendants plead guilty to forced labor scheme that exploited Guatemalan migrants at egg farms "A leader of a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to charges that he lured Guatemalan minors and adults into the United... Read More

Colo. Ct. App. on Withdrawal of Plea: People v. Corrales-Castro
Posted on 29 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[W]e hold that, when, as here, a defendant shows that his or her guilty plea may have serious legal consequences under federal immigration law notwithstanding its withdrawal pursuant to section 18-1.3-102(2), the defendant may challenge the constitutionality... Read More

Guilty plea in H-2B fraud scheme
Posted on 21 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Voisine knowingly submitted H2B application forms containing falsifications or misrepresentations to the U.S. Department of Labor in October 2007. The forms said Santa Cruz Management would employ 306 workers from the Philippines in the housekeeping... Read More

Guilty Verdict in Human Trafficking, H-1B Visa Fraud Case
Posted on 16 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Kizzy Kalu, age 49, of Highlands Ranch, [Colorado,] was found guilty today of 89 counts of mail fraud, visa fraud, human trafficking and money laundering by a federal jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced... Read More

Refugee Status is a 'Special' Special Circumstance re Withdrawal of Guilty Plea: Commonwealth v. Lavrinenko
Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The issue on appeal is whether a noncitizen defendant, admitted into the United States as a refugee, is entitled to withdraw his guilty plea to a complaint charging assault by means of a dangerous weapon, where his attorney did not make a reasonable... Read More

Malecot avoids prison, takes $400K hit for illegal hires
Posted on 23 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SAN DIEGO — "A judge fined the owner of a popular restaurant and bakery nearly $400,000 Thursday for employing [unauthorized] immigrants in a rare case of federal prosecutors charging an employer with illegal hiring. Michel Malecot, 59... Read More

Guilty Plea in Massive Immigration Fraud Case
Posted on 3 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"EARL SETH DAVID, a/k/a "Rabbi Avraham David,” pled guilty today to operating a massive immigration fraud mill through his Manhattan-based law practice. ... From 1996 until early 2009, DAVID operated a Manhattan-based immigration law firm... Read More

Fancy SoCal Bistro Hit By I-9 ICEberg; Owner Pleads Guilty, Faces Sentencing In December
Posted on 17 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The owner of one of San Diego’s most established dining rooms and high-end bakeries, The French Gourmet, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to the longtime practice of hiring undocumented workers." San Diego Union-Tribune... Read More

Arizona contractor pleads guilty to unlawful hiring
Posted on 29 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A southern Arizona contractor pleaded guilty in Tucson on Friday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, the first case in the state in which authorities pursued criminal charges instead of just fines." - Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2011... Read More

La. Mushroom Farm Forfeits $1M in Harboring Guilty Plea, Post-I-9 Audit: USA v. M.D. Basciani & Sons, Inc.
Posted on 15 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

After an I-9 inspection resulting in the firing of many unauthorized workers, the company rehired workers under different names and/or using false documents. DOJ July 14, 2015 press release here . Factual Basis, Case 2:15-cr-00156-JCZ-JCW Document... Read More