Immigration Law

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Court Slaps USCIS in MAVNI Natz Lawsuit: Nio v. DHS
Posted on 23 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nio v. DHS, May 22, 2019 "The question before the Court is whether the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and its sub-agency U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) acted lawfully when they instituted... Read More

Tags: nio , mavni , bia , APA , Naturalization , USCIS

Federal Court Crushes Xenophobic and Discriminatory Pentagon Policy Against Naturalized MAVNI Citizen Soldiers: Tiwari v. Shanahan
Posted on 2 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Richard Gonzales, NPR, Feb. 2, 2019 "A federal judge in Seattle has ordered the Defense Department to stop discriminating against naturalized citizens who volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army under a program to attract certain immigrants with... Read More

When things go wrong, immigrants serving in the military look to Margaret Stock
Posted on 8 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lorelei Laird, ABA Journal, Jan. 2019 - "When Margaret Stock first received the Pentagon’s September 2016 memo, she thought someone had made an amateur mistake. “I’m an attorney, and I taught constitutional law, so I obviously... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Pentagon

Army Expelled 500 Immigrant Recruits in 1 Year - "They Are Trying to Get Rid of People"
Posted on 12 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Associate Press, Oct. 12, 2018 - "Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Army

How Does the Army Spell MAVNI? SNAFU
Posted on 22 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From the Washington Post - The Army kicked out dozens of immigrant recruits. Now it’s allowing them back amid a legal battle. From the New York Times - Red Flags for Immigrant Recruits: Calling Parents, Not Laughing at Jokes Read More

Tags: mavni , Army

For Now, Army Suspends Discharges of Immigrant Recruits (MAVNI)
Posted on 9 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press, Aug. 9, 2018 - "The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press spells out... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , memo , Army

Decorated Soldier Booted From Army, Sues for Citizenship
Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU SoCal, July 18, 2018 - "Yea Ji Sea, 29, who has lived in the U.S. since she was a child, was so highly respected by her supervisors in the U.S. Army that one of them wrote she "volunteers for deployments willing to die for a country she... Read More

Pentagon Attacks Immigrant Recruits - 'There’s No Explanation For This Except Xenophobia'
Posted on 8 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Army soldiers - who just happen to be immigrants - are being kicked out of the service without being told why, in violation of Army regulations and the U.S. Constitution. The Associated Press broke the story here . The New York Times followed up here... Read More

Decorated Soldier Booted From Army, Sues for Citizenship
Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU SoCal, July 18, 2018 - "Yea Ji Sea, 29, who has lived in the U.S. since she was a child, was so highly respected by her supervisors in the U.S. Army that one of them wrote she "volunteers for deployments willing to die for a country she... Read More

Army Admits Discharge of MAVNI Soldier Illegal
Posted on 17 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alex Horton, Washington Post, July 17, 2018 - "The Army has reversed its widely covered decision to discharge a citizenship-seeking immigrant soldier, in what his lawyer called an acknowledgment that the move was “improper.” Lucas Calixto... Read More

MAVNI Program Halted
Posted on 27 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A popular military enlistment program for immigrants with specialized skills is now stuck in bureaucratic limbo — after the Pentagon announced last month it would begin allowing some young immigrants without legal status into the program.... Read More

Tags: daca , stock , mavni , Pentagon

Interview with Margaret Stock on DOD/USCIS Shutdown of MAVNI
Posted on 3 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Texas Standard, May 2, 2017 - "[T]he New York Times is reporting the process of granting citizenship to immigrant soldiers is suffering serious delays. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and a lawyer representing some... Read More

Stock in Trade: Ingenuity
Posted on 18 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When Margaret Stock [Harvard Law] ’92 was young, her great-grandfather, an Army veteran of the Philippine-American War and World War I, lived at her house in Wellesley, Mass. She used to go through his military memorabilia with him—awards... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Harvard

An American Dies in Uniform...Still Waiting (UPDATED)
Posted on 20 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tara Copp, Military Times, Apr. 20, 2018 - "Spc. Nemanja “Yani” Janicijevic, 25, an immigrant soldier who died last week while waiting 11 months for the military to clear him for duty , had been naturalized months before and was a U.S... Read More