Immigration Law

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CBP Broke the Law, Then Lied About It
Posted on 17 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Nov. 17, 2020 EMAILS SHOW CBP DETAINED HUNDREDS OF IRANIANS FOR HOURS PURSUANT TO UNLAWFUL DIRECTIVE Media Contacts: Matt Adams, NWIRP Legal Director – (206) 957-8611, Imraan Siddiqi, CAIR-WA Executive Director –... Read More

Tags: detention , cbp , FOIA , nwirp , border

CA9 Rejects Trump Administration's Efforts to Deny Bond Hearing to Asylum-Seekers
Posted on 23 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, July 22, 2019 "Today, a federal appeals court ruled that asylum-seekers must continue to receive bond hearings while the court considers the Trump administration’s appeal to deny bond hearings with procedural protections to asylum... Read More

Tags: bond , nwirp , asylum

NWIRP Reaches Settlement with DOJ to Continue to Provide Assistance to Unrepresented Respondents in Removal Proceedings
Posted on 18 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Apr. 17, 2019 "Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a settlement agreement in NWIRP v. Sessions , a lawsuit filed in 2017 by NWIRP and Maggie Cheng, a staff attorney at NWIRP, challenging... Read More

Posted on 25 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, June 25, 2018 - "Three women who were forcibly separated from their children by immigration officials when they entered the United States to seek asylum filed a lawsuit today in Seattle, Washington, on behalf of themselves and dozens of other... Read More

Class Action Lawsuit for Unlawful Delays in Employment Authorizations Filed
Posted on 26 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Last Friday, three immigrants and two immigration service providers filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unlawfully delaying the adjudication... Read More

Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Work Permit Delays: NWIRP v. USCIS
Posted on 24 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Plaintiffs challenge Defendants’ policies and practices of unlawfully delaying adjudication of applications for employment authorization and refusing to issue interim employment authorization. ... Individual Plaintiffs seek to represent the... Read More

DOJ: Giving Toddlers Lawyers in Immigration Court Would 'Destroy the Framework' of System
Posted on 28 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

June Williams, Courthouse News, Mar. 24, 2016 - "A government attorney told a federal judge Thursday that appointing attorneys for all children facing deportation would "destroy the framework of the immigration system." The Justice Department... Read More

Asylum Seekers File Class Action Lawsuit Against DHS Over One-Year Filing Deadline
Posted on 1 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, July 1, 2016 - "The U.S. Government has placed unnecessary hurdles in front of asylum seekers who are attempting to file asylum applications within the required time period. In fact, bureaucratic obstacles, a well-documented court backlog... Read More

Lawsuit: ICE Attorney Forged Document
Posted on 24 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport an immigrant seeking to stay in the country with his wife and children, according to a new lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a Seattle U.S. District... Read More

Tags: forged , adams , love , nwirp , lawsuit , ICE , lanuza

Former ICE Attorney Pleads Guilty to Federal Criminal Charges
Posted on 15 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP email, Jan. 15, 2016 - " A former attorney with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Jonathan M. Love, pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges following an investigation initiated as a result of a lawsuit brought by Northwest... Read More

Tags: adams , love , nwirp , lanuza , guilty

The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack
Posted on 21 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rachel B. Tiven, The Nation, May 21, 2017 - "While the country has been fixated on President Trump’s firings, leaks, and outbursts involving the Department of Justice, that agency has itself been stealthily attacking our democracy by telling... Read More

Seattle Non-Profit Sues Feds over 2008 Representation Rules: NWIRP v. Sessions
Posted on 9 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, May 8, 2017 - "Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a lawsuit in federal district court challenging an order from the Department of Justice instructing NWIRP to “cease and desist” from assisting unrepresented immigrants in... Read More

Immigrants with Mental Disabilities May Reopen Deportation Cases: Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder
Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU So. Cal., Sept. 25, 2015 - "Hundreds of immigrants with mental disabilities who were ordered deported after being forced to represent themselves in court may be able to return to the U.S. under terms of a settlement approved today in a landmark... Read More

'No Lawyer Will Stand With The Child'
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Plaintiffs are eight immigrant children, ranging in age from ten to seventeen. The Government has begun proceedings to deport each of them; they will soon be called to appear before an Immigration Judge. In court, the Department of Homeland Security... Read More

Federal Judge Rules Border Patrol Unlawfully Arrested Anacortes (Wa.) Man
Posted on 1 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A federal district court judge has ruled that the U.S. Border Patrol unlawfully arrested an Anacortes resident in 2011. U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart declared that the Border Patrol did not have a lawful basis to arrest Gustavo Vargas... Read More