Immigration Law

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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Beg Congress for Refugee Status
Posted on 23 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Phelim Kine, Politico, July 21, 2021 "A coalition of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists in exile has issued an urgent public plea to the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that will grant refugee status to Hong Kong citizens with “well-founded... Read More

Biden to Expand Central American Minors Program
Posted on 15 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2021 "The Biden administration is expected to announce the major expansion of a program to allow Central American youths into the United States legally, part of its stated goal to increase “legal... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State on Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs
Posted on 15 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, June 11, 2021 "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (22 U.S.C. 2601(c)(1)) (MRAA... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees

Biden Adjusts Refugee Admission Numbers
Posted on 3 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Memorandum for the Secretary of State on the Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021 MAY 03, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS In Executive Order 14013 of February 4, 2021 (Rebuilding and Enhancing... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees

Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021
Posted on 16 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Apr. 16, 2021 "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in accordance with section 207(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the “Act”) (8 U.S.C.... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees

Southern Border Facts
Posted on 23 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tired of media spin, sensationalism and outright lying about the border? Here are three reputable sources: 1. A March 23, 2021 Fact Sheet from the American Immigration Council. 2. A link to the audio from a March 23, 2021 expert roundtable from the... Read More

Executive Order on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration
Posted on 5 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Feb. 4, 2021 "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq ., I hereby order as follows: Section 1... Read More

CA4 Crushes Trump's Refugee EO: HIAS v. Trump
Posted on 11 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HIAS v. Trump "In 2019, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13,888 (the Order), which drastically alters the system by which the federal government resettles refugees across the United States. Rather than consulting with states and localities... Read More

Building Better, Not Backward: Learning from the Past to Design Sound Border Asylum Policy
Posted on 29 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yael Schacher, Dec. 18, 2020 "During his first week in office, President-elect Biden should issue an executive order on border asylum policy that departs dramatically from that which President Trump put forth during his first week. President Biden’s... Read More

Tags: Biden , refugees , Trump , asylum

USCIS Policy Alert: Refugee and Asylee Adjustment of Status Interview Criteria and Guidelines
Posted on 15 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 15, 2020 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding adjustment of status interview waiver categories and expanding the interview criteria for asylee and refugee adjustment... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Expanding Interviews to Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions
Posted on 1 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 18, 2020 "Purpose: This Policy Memorandum (PM) directs the phased expansion of in-person interviews for refugee/asylee relative petitions (Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition), to ultimately include petitioners in addition... Read More

Tags: refugees , USCIS , asylum

Trump Sets 15,000 Limit on Refugees for FY21
Posted on 29 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Oct. 28, 2020 "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the “Act”) (8 U.S.C. 1157), after appropriate... Read More

Tags: refugees , Trump

Debunking "Extreme Vetting"
Posted on 9 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

IRAP, Oct. 2020 "The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid, litigation, and systemic... Read More

Expert: Hong Kong Refugee Designation a "Political Statement"
Posted on 2 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Robert Delaney, South China Morning Post, Oct. 2, 2020 "The US state department announced the inclusion of Hong Kong for the first time in its annual refugee admissions proposal, a move that follows a series of actions taken by Washington in response... Read More

"A Complete Abdication of Our Humanitarian and Moral Duty”
Posted on 1 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LIRS, Oct. 1, 2020 "The Trump administration proposed its annual refugee admissions ceiling just before midnight on Wednesday, September 30, committing to resettle just 15,000 individuals in Fiscal Year 2021, which would be the lowest admissions... Read More

Tags: refugees