Immigration Law

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A Look Behind the Curtain at V. Stuart Couch, the Immigration Judge at the Heart of Matter of A-B-
Posted on 8 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bryan Johnson, Apr. 20, 2018 - FOIA results: evidence of Immigration Judge V. Stuart Couch’s shocking prejudgment of all domestic violence asylum claims "At the bottom, readers will find the all of the decisions of Immigration Judge V. Stuart... Read More

Dallas Federal Judge Quickly Denies Texas' Second Bid to Block Refugees
Posted on 11 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 9, 2015 - "A federal judge in Dallas denied a state of Texas request for a second temporary restraining order to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees here. The move came after Texas Attorney General... Read More

Tags: judge , TRO , refugees , Texas

Immigration Judge: Death Penalty Cases in a Traffic Court Setting
Posted on 29 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"What many Americans are just beginning to realize is that a high-stakes drama is being played out in a courtroom near them right now. Not only is this storyline nonfiction, but it often involves life and death consequences. The courtrooms are located... 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

Federal Judge Encourages New Citizens to Shape Future of USA
Posted on 9 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Judge Sarah Evans Barker, a senior judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, appointed to the federal bench in 1984, delivered the remarks below to the 68 new citizens during a naturalization ceremony Nov. 17, shortly after... Read More

BIA on Adverse Credibility: Matter of R-K-K-, 26 I&N Dec. 658 (BIA 2015)
Posted on 9 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Official Headnotes: (1) Significant similarities between statements submitted by applicants in different proceedings can be considered by an Immigration Judge in making an adverse credibility determination if certain procedural steps are undertaken... Read More

Matter of A-S-J-, ID 3765, 25 I&N Dec. 893 (BIA 2012)
Posted on 24 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of A-S-J-, ID 3765, 25 I&N Dec. 893 (BIA 2012) - An Immigration Judge lacks jurisdiction to review the termination of an alien’s asylum status by the Department of Homeland Security pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 208.24(a) (2007). Read More

'Padilla' Advisal Added to Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(b)(1)
Posted on 27 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Effective December 1, 2013, an amendment to Rule 11(b)(1) takes effect that requires a [federal district court] judge, during a plea colloquy, to inform the defendant and ensure that he understands that "if convicted, a defendant who is not... Read More

Dallas IJ Sims Booted from Juvie Immigration Court Docket
Posted on 24 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Dallas immigration judge known for tough enforcement is no longer handling cases involving minors. Michael Baird has replaced Deitrich Sims in overseeing the juvenile docket in North Texas. Local immigration attorneys said the change could reduce... Read More

Did Media Coverage Help Get a Dallas Immigration Judge Reassigned?
Posted on 13 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The day the little girls in pink saw their cases dismissed, at the insistence of ICE and over Sims' clear frustration, most of the kids got what they asked for. In fact, after that long morning of hearings, a few lawyers mentioned how smoothly... Read More

Chicago Immigration Judge Denies Reprieve Motion
Posted on 28 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Chicago judge denied an immigration prosecutor’s request last week for an “administrative closure” of a deportation proceeding against Sebastian Pineda, a Mexican immigrant whose case was chronicled by The Chicago Reporter in... Read More

Rogue Jurist Questions Executive Action on Immigration
Posted on 17 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled Tuesday that President Barack Obama overstepped his authority and violated the Constitution when he issued an executive order last month to delay deportation for millions of people living in the U.S. illegally... Read More

Immigration Judge: Courts Overwhelmed & Under-Resourced
Posted on 11 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In Washington, the tug-of-war over our country's immigration laws drags on. Comprehensive efforts at reform have stalled in the House, and until Congress passes new legislation the immigration court system, and the immigrants within it, continue... Read More

Split Decision on Nebraska Immigration Law
Posted on 21 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Though a federal judge struck down a portion of the controversial Fremont, Neb., immigration ordinance Monday, the wrangling is not over. Both sides claimed victory. Though U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp threw out portions of... Read More

Federal Judge Rebukes Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Posted on 26 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal judge strongly rebuked Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County and one of his chief deputies on Monday, saying that they had defied and even mocked the judge’s order last year to stop singling out Latinos during routine patrols, traffic... Read More

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