Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman: How Trump Era Immigration Enforcement Violates the Law
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Jan. 25, 2019 "Since the Trump era began more than two years ago with the election of 2016, the administration has put into place an increasingly draconian legal regime of restrictions against immigrants. Navigating these... Read More

Pereira v. Sessions and the Right to Seek Voluntary Departure: Another Reason for the Wide Applicability of Pereira without the Need to Decide the Subject-Matter Jurisdiction Issue
Posted on 27 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Aug. 27, 2018 - "Section 240B of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for the right of respondents in removal proceedings to seek voluntary departure “at the conclusion” of removal proceedings... Read More

Hague Convention Victory for UH Law Center Immigration Clinic: Peralta v. Garay
Posted on 24 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman writes: "I wanted to share this recent decision dated 1/12/2018 involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction from the Southern District of Texas. Congrats to our clinic students, Saif... Read More

Prof. Geoffrey Hoffman: Legal Consequences of DACA Rescission
Posted on 24 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Geoffrey Hoffman, Oct. 23, 2017 - "Ending DACA raises a host of legal issues. Beyond the legal consequences are also crucial non-legal issues flowing from President Trump’s decision to end the program. These include, but are not limited to... Read More

Geoffrey Hoffman: EOIR Needs Better Immigration Judges
Posted on 24 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey Hoffman , Nov. 24, 2015 - "It is important, I think, to note the import but also the paradox behind the BIA's latest precedent decision, Matter of Y-S-L-C-, 26 I&N Dec. 688 (BIA 2015) that admonishes IJ's not to bully minors... Read More

Experts Weigh In On Judge Weil Deposition Controversy (Updated Mar. 8, 2016)
Posted on 7 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In the wake of Jerry Markon's March 5, 2016 Washington Post story ( Can a 3-year old represent herself in immigration court? This judge thinks so ), experts have responded. Here are some excerpts: Former Immigration Judge Eliza Klein writes : "No... Read More

The Border Children: They Are Not Criminals and They Need Counsel - Geoffrey A. Hoffman
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Our nation's response to this humanitarian crisis at the border has not been clear or coherent. From the right and left the voices which have defined the debate have been guilty of the same underlying misconception: that these children must... Read More

Students and Professors Fight for Families at Karnes Detention Center - AILA Leadership Blog
Posted on 15 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA Leadership Blog, Mar. 14, 2016 - "Two weeks ago, six law students from the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic visited Karnes Detention Center. The students were Kate Chapman (3L), Ivonne Escobar (2L), Hellieth Pedroza... Read More

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman on ICE Raids and the "Non-Priorities Priorities"
Posted on 14 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Feb. 14, 2017 - "Over the weekend hundreds of immigrants were arrested. Despite statements by some in the administration that the arrests were “routine,” they appear to be an implementation of the Executive... Read More

Texas Helicopter Shooting Deaths: Excessive Use of Force
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Was it right for a Texas Department of Public Safety employee to shoot at a pick-up truck [from a helicopter,] resulting in the deaths of two undocumented immigrants? Was it a reasonable use of police force? Under the doctrine of proportionality... Read More

Immigration Courts a Legal Paradox: Geoffrey Hoffman
Posted on 5 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Many of the paradoxes so ingrained in immigration adjudication can be traced to the central presupposition that removal is a civil versus a criminal proceeding. This largely unquestioned assumption has served to insulate removal proceedings from... Read More

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman: Constitutional Problems with Texas' SB-4
Posted on 9 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, May 9, 2017 - "The anti-sanctuary cities and campuses bill, SB-4, was signed into law on May 7, 2017. Most importantly, state laws are subject to federal preemption especially where there is a pre-existing structure in... Read More

Arizona v. U.S. and Obama's Deferred Action Policy: Geoffrey Hoffman
Posted on 2 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" I am hopeful that this decision is fully utilized for what it actually stands for: embracing the executive's power to fashion an intelligent and targeted approach to immigration enforcement. There should be no doubt that the president's... Read More

Settlement ends long-running dispute involving immigrant workers at New York food wholesaler
Posted on 9 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A kosher food product wholesaler in New York has agreed to settle a long-running NLRB case by paying $186,000 to former employees who lost their jobs in the midst of a union organizing campaign. The settlement culminates a lengthy effort... Read More

The U.S. Keeps Deporting American Citizens
Posted on 8 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Meredith Hoffman, Mar. 8, 2016 - "The story is strikingly common: thousands of citizens have been unlawfully deported or detained by ICE in recent years, according to extensive research undertaken by Jacqueline Stevens, a political science professor... Read More