Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Conn. pubs drop the I-Word
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We took an overdue step at the New Haven Register , Middletown Press and Register Citizen on Thursday and instructed reporters and editors to stop using the terms “illegal aliens” and “illegal immigrants.” We’ll... Read More

Memo to Journalists / Editors: Drop the I-Word
Posted on 14 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Supreme Court has come a long way since former Chief Justice William Rehnquist referred to undocumented immigrants as "wetbacks." In an opinion earlier this year on another Arizona immigration law, Chief Justice John Roberts,... Read More

Child Migrants: 5 Key Facts on Rights and Costs
Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Every year, an increasing number of children and teens are making a harrowing journey across borders into the U.S; and every year, an increasing number do so alone. These children present major problems for enforcement authorities, politicians,... Read More

Immigration Egregore: The "Illegal Immigrant" Slur
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"I join the fray and ask: Is illegal immigrant a " stinking rose ?" Is it an ad hominem attack on Latinos like the now quaint but still non-PC terms, "d-a-g-o"* or "wop," or "paddy" or "mick," used... Read More

Editor's Corner: If 'Unauthorized' is Good Enough for the Supreme Court...
Posted on 8 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Charles Garcia says the phrase "illegal immigrant" is a slur . Ruben Navarrette disagrees . The Supreme Court and I take a different tack altogether. In Arizona et al. v. United States , the majority opinion consistently uses the term "unauthorized"... Read More

This Is Where the Government Houses the Tens of Thousands of Kids Who Get Caught Crossing the Border
Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has more than doubled since 2011, the Office of Refugee Resettlement—the part of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with caring for unaccompanied minors in... Read More

The Grey Lady Waffles on Use of the I-Word
Posted on 24 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On Tuesday, The New York Times updated its policies on how it uses the phrase “illegal immigrant” in its coverage. The newspaper did not go as far as The Associated Press, and it will continue to allow the phrase to be used for “someone... Read More

U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone
Posted on 18 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young [unauthorized*] migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an... Read More

Drop the I-Word Friend: The Daily Pennslyvanian
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As we pointed out a few weeks ago , usage of the i-word by the largest newspapers in the country has been steadily growing in recent months. So imagine our surprise when today we read two articles from The Daily Pennsylvanian about immigrants... Read More