Immigration Law

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Reflections on a 40-Year Career as an Immigration Lawyer and Judge - The Hon. Dana Leigh Marks
Posted on 14 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Reflections on a 40-Year Career as an Immigration Lawyer and Judge - The Hon. Dana Leigh Marks "...We must do better for ourselves and the public we serve. Our American ideal of justice demands no less. When we canaries in the immigration courtrooms... Read More

"I’m an Immigration Judge. Case Completion Quotas Are a Really Bad Idea." - Hon. Dana Leigh Marks
Posted on 11 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, Apr. 9, 2018 - "Immigration judges are the trial-level judges who make the life-changing decisions of whether or not non-citizens are allowed to remain in the United States. They are facing a virtual mountain of cases: almost... Read More

BREAKING: Sessions Imposes Quotas on Immigration Judges
Posted on 3 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal, Apr. 2, 2018 - "The Justice Department has notified immigration judges [ here and here ] that it will begin evaluating their job performance based on how quickly they close cases, aiming to speed deportation decisions... Read More

Enforcement Priorities Create Docketing Crisis for Immigration Courts
Posted on 22 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NBC Bay Area, Aug. 19, 2016 - "Nationwide EOIR had more than a half million (500,051) pending cases. What makes things different this year is that after March 1, 2016, EOIR began prioritizing cases the Department of Homeland Security considered “Priority... Read More

Immigration Judges Want to Break Free from the Justice Department
Posted on 1 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This summer’s influx of Central American children across the U.S. Southwest border has not only created a record backlog in immigration courts, it has thrown into relief a need to sever those courts from supervision by the Justice and Homeland... Read More

Kids Without Lawyers, Immigration Courts 'At The Point Of Implosion, Calendars In Complete And Utter Disarray'
Posted on 7 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Newly released government data show an immigration court system under stress as judges face pressure to expedite deportation cases even as thousands of child migrants – many under 14 and with no grasp of English — are still without attorneys... Read More

How a ‘Dire’ Immigration Court Backlog Affects Lives
Posted on 24 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PBS Newshour, Sept. 18, 2017 - "[Here is] an inside look at the country’s overwhelmed immigration court system. Our John Yang is here, and he has that story. JOHN YANG: William, for all the headlines and all the debates about what to... Read More

Border Crisis Pushes Immigration Courts to 'Point of Implosion'
Posted on 22 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

""We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987 and is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges... Read More

Melissa Harris-Perry Interviews Immigration Judge Dana Leigh Marks
Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Why immigration courts are backlogged - Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, joins to discuss the legal aspect of the current immigration crisis at the border. - MSNBC, July 20, 2014 . Read More

How U.S. Immigration Judges Battle Their Own Prejudice
Posted on 5 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times, Oct. 5, 2016 - "One of the immigrants appearing before Judge Dana Marks in a crowded court here was a boat worker from the former Soviet Union who stared in silence as a prosecutor asked about his criminal history... Read More

Judges Decry 'Rocket Dockets' for Refugee Kids
Posted on 28 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Two federal immigration court judges criticized the fast-track deportation hearings for unaccompanied minors today and called for the courts to be made independent from the Justice Department. The judges, leaders in the National Association of... Read More

Let Immigration Judges Be Judges
Posted on 11 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigration courts must be restructured as real courts under Article I of the Constitution, similar to Tax and Bankruptcy Courts, so we can maintain administrative independence and ensure total transparency in our proceedings. This would free them... Read More

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

CA4 on Agg. Fel. - Amos v. Lynch
Posted on 10 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In this appeal, we review consolidated petitions filed by Richard Jesus Amos, a citizen of the Philippines, challenging decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals (the BIA, or the Board), which dismissed Amos’s appeal from an immigration... Read More

Still a Legal 'Cinderella?' - Why the Immigration Courts Remain an Ill-Treated Stepchild Today
Posted on 28 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"During my legal career, immigration law has transformed from an arcane, maligned, and ofttimes extraneous-seeming legal specialty into an area of law that routinely crops up in the everyday work of tens of thousands of attorneys who practice in... Read More