Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Lawsuits Challenge Border Patrol Shootings, Secrecy
Posted on 15 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Bob Hilliard didn't become an attorney to take on civil rights cases. He's a big-time personal injury trial lawyer in Corpus Christi who sues companies like GM and Coca-Cola. His nickname is "The Bulldog." Today, Hilliard represents... Read More

Supporters Aim To Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation: NPR
Posted on 19 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's meet some people left behind by changing rules of adoption. This story involves some of the thousands of people adopted from abroad into the United States. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: When adoptive parents bring home... Read More

Foursome in Sweetheart Deal: ICE, CCA, Eloy, Dilley
Posted on 28 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The largest immigrant detention facility in the country is under construction in the brush country of South Texas, about 85 miles from Mexico. What's unusual is how the government bypassed the normal bidding process, using a small town in Arizona... Read More

Tags: eloy , npr , detention , CCA , ICE , dilley

Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full
Posted on 20 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Imagine your city council telling the police department how many people the police had to keep in jail each night. Sort of like a quota for traffic tickets, only it's a quota for human detentions. That's effectively what Congress has told... Read More

Tags: quota , bed , npr , detention , mandate , robbins , ICE

18-Year-Old Conviction Threatened Grandmother With Deportation
Posted on 11 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Richard Gonzales, NPR, Apr. 9, 2016 - "Maria Sanchez is a 63-year-old widow, grandmother of three and a legal permanent resident who has lived and worked in Sonoma County, Calif., for more than 40 years. But she has also come close to being deported... Read More

The 'Line' For Legal Immigration Is Already About 4 Million People Long
Posted on 22 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In the debate over immigration reform, most seem to agree on this point: people who are now in the U.S. illegally should wait at the back of the line for legal residency. That means no green card until legal immigrants get theirs. But as NPR's... Read More

Tags: line , npr , visas , robbins

Mexico Helps With DACA Fees
Posted on 1 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants... Read More

H-2A Visa System Fails Pacific Northwest Pear Growers
Posted on 7 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Pacific Northwest grows the majority of the nation's pears, and they're predicted to have the third-largest harvest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that's been plaguing many agricultural industries — not enough... Read More

Inside A Georgia Immigration Court, One Man Fights To Stay With His Family
Posted on 29 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caitlin Dickerson, NPR, Apr. 28, 2016 - "Thousands of immigrants go through the Lumpkin, Ga., immigration court yearly. More than 97 percent of them lose and are deported. NPR follows the case of one man whose lawyer thinks he has a shot at winning... Read More

Lo Mein Loophole: How U.S. Immigration Law Fueled A Chinese Restaurant Boom
Posted on 23 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Godoy, NPR, Feb. 22, 2016 - "Some Chinese business owners in the U.S. could get special merchant visas that allowed them to travel to China, and bring back employees. Only a few types of businesses qualified for this status. In 1915, a federal... Read More

Meet the Deported Veterans: NPR
Posted on 13 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Morning Edition, NPR, Jan. 13, 2016 - "Immigrants have always made up a portion of the Armed Forces in America — joining the U.S. military has always been one of the fastest ways to get U.S. citizenship. About 8,000 troops with green cards... Read More

Border Drones Fly Into Fight Over Immigration
Posted on 12 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The runways at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., are busy. This is where the Army tests its military drones, where it trains its drone pilots, and where four Customs and Border Protection drones take off and land. From here, the CBP drones survey the Arizona... Read More

Tags: npr , robbins , drones , border

NPR Airs Story on ICE Dollar-Per-Day Private Immigration Jail Labor
Posted on 25 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"NPR reporter Alexandra Starr covers a lawsuit and slave wages for those in custody under immigration laws. Listen here . Note that in response to my assertion that those in ICE custody are not exempt from the protections of federal labor laws, GEO... Read More

Thousands Still Have Not Applied For DACA
Posted on 16 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program allows young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to avoid deportation. They can also get a work permit for two years." - Ted Robbins (NPR) explains why many who are eligible have... Read More

Tags: daca , npr , robbins

Immigration Changes 'Gotta Happen This Year'
Posted on 17 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Republicans and Democrats are pushing to make overhauling immigration a priority in 2013. Senator-elect Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, is expected to play a big part in any overhaul of immigration laws." - NPR audio, Dec. 17, 2012 ... Read More