Immigration Law

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CADC on Unaccompanied Minors, ORR and Abortion: J.D. v. Azar
Posted on 17 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

J.D. v. Azar "Under binding Supreme Court precedent, a person has a constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy before fetal viability, and the government cannot unduly burden her decision. The government accepts the applicability of that settled... Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More

HHS OIG: Lack of Tornillo Staff FBI Background Checks, Low Number of Clinicians Pose 'Substantial Risks' to Detained Kids
Posted on 28 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Nov. 27, 2018 - "The memorandum was issued in response to two significant vulnerabilities identified by OIG during a site visit to the influx care facility in Tornillo, Texas (Tornillo), a grantee of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC... Read More

Tags: orr , HHS , tornillo , FBI , oig , Children

Child Detention Lawsuit Moves Forward
Posted on 21 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Legal Aid Justice Center, Nov. 16, 2018 - "Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied the U.S. government’s motion to dismiss Legal Aid Justice Center’s lawsuit on behalf of detained immigrant children... Read More

Court Enjoins ORR Policy Prolonging Detention of Immigrant Children: L.V.M. v. Lloyd
Posted on 28 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYCLU, June 27, 2018 - "A federal judge today granted a preliminary injunction ending a policy of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) requiring Trump-apointed director Scott Lloyd to personally review and approve the release of any detained... Read More

Court Enjoins ORR Policy Prolonging Detention of Immigrant Children: L.V.M. v. Lloyd
Posted on 28 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYCLU, June 27, 2018 - "A federal judge today granted a preliminary injunction ending a policy of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) requiring Trump-apointed director Scott Lloyd to personally review and approve the release of any detained... Read More

Crossing Alone: An Untimely Death Without Explanation
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Gloria Jerónimo Sales cried softly in an autumn rain as she gently wiped splatters of mud from her 17-year-old son's tomb. Mario Morales Jerónimo died in the custody of U.S. government officials nearly three years ago, but his... Read More

ORR to States: You Must Assist Syrian Refugees
Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ORR Dear Colleague Letter 16-02, Nov. 25, 2015 - "States that continue to use ORR funding must ensure that assistance and services are delivered without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, or political opinion. States may not deny ORR-funded... Read More

Tags: orr , states , refugees , syrian

Flow of Border Immigrants Overwhelming Agencies
Posted on 3 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The steep influx of children and families in particular has caused turmoil within the agency, prompting some Homeland Security officials to agitate internally for a shift. "We're not going to interdict our way out of this problem. More... Read More

Advance Copy of ORR Notice Providing $9M for Direct Legal Representation of UACs
Posted on 1 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Susan Carroll at the Houston Chronicle reports that this Notice [emphasis added] will appear soon in the Federal Register: 4184-45-P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families CFDA Number: 93.676 Announcement... Read More

Bond Hearings Ordered for Detained Refugee Kids: Flores v. Lynch
Posted on 22 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHR, Jan. 20, 2017 - "The Center for Human Rights, U.C. Davis Law School Legal Clinic, and the Youth Law Center today won a class-wide order compelling the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ORR) to... Read More

ORR Social Worker at Jail for Refugee Kids: "I Wanted No Part of It Any Longer"
Posted on 10 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It was the summer of 2014 when I finally realized what I was being asked to do: incarcerate children. I was 22, new to social work, and working in Seattle at a 20-bed facility that houses 12- to 17-year-old immigrant youths. It’s funded by... Read More

Contract Dispute Over Legal Representation of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors May Clog Dockets
Posted on 19 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ryan Grim, Jan. 18, 2015 - "Thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the U.S. border as part of the migrant crisis are at risk of being deported without due process, the archbishop of Miami has warned the Obama administration. Although the... Read More

Class Action Challenges Trump, Sessions Attack on Refugee Children
Posted on 21 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYCLU, Feb. 20, 2018 - "The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced a class action lawsuit against the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for trapping immigrant children in prolonged detention. Though the agency is obligated to promptly... Read More