Immigration Law

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Texas Supreme Court on Immigration Detention, Licensure, Standing: Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS
Posted on 17 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS "In this suit, we determine whether the plaintiffs have standing to challenge a Department of Family and Protective Services licensing rule governing immigration detention centers. The court of appeals concluded that... Read More

Monitoring Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 9 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHRCL, Nov. 8, 2017 - "Pursuant to Paragraph 33 of the nationwide class action settlement in Flores v. Johnson, 85-cv- 04544-DMG-AGR, Central District of California, class counsel and attorneys and paralegals they designate have the right of "access"... Read More

Unpub. BIA Bond Victory for Salvadoran Refugee Family at Karnes; Matter of D-J- Distinguished
Posted on 8 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security appeals from the Immigration Judge's orders, dated October 2 and 3, 2014, granting the respondents' requests for a change in custody status. The Immigration Judge issued a bond memorandum on November 5... Read More

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers
Posted on 15 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous... Read More

ICE Seeks to Increase Family Immigration Detention Bed Space
Posted on 3 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, Nov. 2, 2016 - "Months before the Obama presidency ends, opponents of family detention are concerned his administration is expanding the controversial policy centered on two immigration holding facilities south... Read More

Report: Locking Up Family Values, Again
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), leading experts on the intersection of families and immigration, have collaborated to show the harm family detention causes and outline sensible alternatives... Read More

Texas Judge Blocks Licensing of Family Immigration Jail
Posted on 5 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, May 4, 2016 -"A judge in Austin today issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from implementing 40 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 748.7 to issue a childcare license to... Read More

DHS Begins Releasing Refugee Moms, Kids From Family Prisons
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal officials have begun releasing hundreds of detained mothers and children from the nation’s family detention centers as part of plans to end long-term detention of migrant families. Nearly two hundred detained parents and children... Read More

Tags: berks , ryan , atd , raices , DHS , karnes , dilley

Migrant Teen Mother Who Cut Her Wrist Being Deported to Honduras
Posted on 9 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A teenage mother found bleeding from her wrist in the bathroom of a Texas family detention center last week is in the process of being deported. Lilian Oliva Bardales, 19, who had been held with her 4-year-old son since October, was quietly taken... Read More

Texas Family Detention Center Now Licensed for Child Care; Expert Details Trauma of Detention
Posted on 13 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A corrections corporation that manages a family detention center for Immigration and Customs Enforcement received a child care license from the state of Texas in May, raising questions among attorneys and activists as to whether the company is trying... Read More

Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill
Posted on 21 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This past summer, the "border kids"— tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid... Read More

Celebrating Freedom...From Ankle Bracelets, Detention from Karnes
Posted on 3 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Barbara Hines reports on July 2, 2015: "As many of you know, women and children are being released from Karnes and Dilley on orders of recognizance and ankle bracelets. At least 25 women were released yesterday and more today, including withholding... Read More

Barbara Hines, Denise Gilman Play Key Role in Defending Detained Refugee Kids, Moms in Texas
Posted on 1 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman, Jan. 31, 2016 - "More than 120 women with children — loaded into government vehicles and shuffled from city to city — arrived this month at the immigrant family detention center in Dilley, adding... Read More

Tags: hutto , clinic , gilman , hines , law , ut , Texas , karnes , dilley

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch: Detaining Immigrant Families is Shameful
Posted on 12 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It is a gut-wrenching thing to ask a mother whether she prefers to be sent back to her country with her children, or whether she prefers to return without them, leaving them in the care of someone else. I found myself asking this question to many... Read More

Texas Court Blocks Licensing of Family Detention Camps as 'Childcare' Facilities
Posted on 3 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership, Dec. 3, 2016 - "In a major victory for detained asylum seeking mothers and their children, an Austin judge Friday issued a final judgment effectively preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)... Read More