Immigration Law

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Military Naturalization Victory in DC: Samma v. DOD
Posted on 25 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Samma v. DOD "The United States has a long history of allowing noncitizens to serve in its military and providing those who serve with an expedited path to citizenship. But in recent years, despite its need for noncitizen enlistees to fill its... Read More

Needed MAVNI Doctors Sidelined from COVID-19 Battle
Posted on 25 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Mar. 25, 2020 "Dozens of immigrant physicians who enlisted through a Pentagon program meant to harness their medical skills are stuck taking out trash and filing paperwork, an immigration attorney said, even as the... Read More

Tags: mavni , COVID-19

Expert 'Mystified' by DOJ/DHS Treatment of MAVNIs
Posted on 29 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

American Homefront Project, Jan. 29, 2020 "[T]he MAVNI program has been beset by security concerns for years. In 2010, it was suspended for three years because of questions about how recruits were vetted. In 2016, the Obama Administration stopped... Read More

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

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