Immigration Law

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Matter of L-E-A-: How Much Did Barr Change? - Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 12 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Aug. 11, 2019 "In June 2018, the Attorney General issued his precedent decision in Matter of A-B- . The AG intended his decision to lead to the denial of asylum claims based on domestic violence and gang violence by asylum officers... Read More

IJ Eileen Trujillo Recognizes “Women in Mexico” as PSG, Finds Nexus, Grants Asylum, Distinguishes A-B-
Posted on 22 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul W. Schmidt, Mar. 21, 2019 "JUSTICE PREVAILS AGAIN IN IMMIGRATION COURTS EVEN IN THE “POST-A-B-“ ERA — Outstanding Analysis By Judge Eileen Trujillo Of The U.S. Immigration Court In Denver, CO, Recognizes “Women In Mexico”... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Advancing a 'Social Group Plus' Claim After Matter of A-B-
Posted on 12 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Mar. 9, 2019 "In Matter of A-B – , 27 I&N Dec. 227 (A.G. 2018), former Attorney General Jeff Sessions overruled a prior Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) precedent, Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 388 (BIA 2014), which... Read More

Post-Matter of A-B- Victories
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Immigration Courtside, Jan. 17, 2019 The Hon. Paul W. Schmidt writes: "Here are two redacted “post- Matter of A-B- ” decisions from U.S.Immigration Judges correctly interpreting the law to grant relief to refugee women from Central... Read More

New Guidance to IJs and AOs pursuant to Grace v. Whitaker
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Karen Musalo , Bank of America Foundation Chair in International Law and Professor & Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at U.C. Hastings College of the Law writes: "Following up on U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan’s... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase on the Impact of Grace v. Whitaker
Posted on 25 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Dec. 24, 2018 - "Six months after a significant number of U.S. immigration judges cheered a decision intended to revoke the hard-earned right of domestic violence victims to asylum protection, immigration advocates had their chance... Read More

Major Victory for Asylum Seekers: Grace v. Whitaker
Posted on 19 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Dec. 19, 2018 - "The Trump administration’s campaign to dismantle our asylum system just suffered another major setback. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., permanently blocked a June 2018 “expedited removal” policy that... Read More

Hon. Paul W. Schmidt on Winning Asylum and Saving Lives in the Era of A-B-; Seven Steps to Success
Posted on 10 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Paul W. Schmidt, Dec. 10, 2018 "NEW YORK CITY BAR, DECEMBER 4, 2018 Good evening, and thanks so much for inviting me. In the “old days,” I would have started with my comprehensive disclaimer. But, now that I’m retired,... Read More

New USCIS Memo Threatens Asylum Seekers at Border (July 11, 2018)
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 11, 2018 - "Guidance for Processing Reasonable Fear, Credible Fear, Asylum, and Refugee Claims in Accordance with Matter of A-B-" Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase: Matter of A-B- Being Misapplied by EOIR, DHS
Posted on 14 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, July 13, 2018 - "One month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his cruel, misguided decision in Matter of A-B- , we are seeing the first signs of how the decision is being implemented by the BIA, USCIS, and ICE. ... Read More

New USCIS Memo Threatens Asylum Seekers at Border (July 11, 2018)
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 11, 2018 - "Guidance for Processing Reasonable Fear, Credible Fear, Asylum, and Refugee Claims in Accordance with Matter of A-B-" Read More

465 Groups Ask Sessions to Rescind Matter of A-B-
Posted on 29 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter, June 27, 2018 - "Dear Attorney General Sessions, The 465 undersigned faith-based, immigration, civil rights, human rights, worker rights, and anti-violence service and advocacy organizations write to express our profound concern for the... Read More

Matter of A-B- Action Toolkit!
Posted on 12 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CGRS, June 12, 2018 - "Stand with Refugee Women, Resist Attorney General Sessions’ Attack on Domestic Violence Survivors! FIRST, WHAT ARE THE ISSUES? On June 11, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a deeply disappointing decision... Read More

HIRC Files Amicus Brief Challenging Sessions' Push to Restrict Gender Asylum
Posted on 28 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, Apr. 27, 2018 - "Today the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) joins the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Human Rights First (HRF) and Kids in Need of Defense ... Read More