Immigration Law

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The Cost of Outsourcing Refugees - Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 17 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Sept. 16, 2019 "It seems perversely appropriate that it was on 9/11 that the Supreme Court removed the legal barrier to the Trump Administration’s most recent deadly attack on the right to asylum in this country. I continue... Read More

Tags: refugees

Court Strikes Down Trump Administration Policy Barring Refugees From Asylum
Posted on 2 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Aug. 2, 2019 "The federal District Court for the District of Columbia today ruled in O.A. v. Trump that the Trump Administration cannot bar refugees from asylum for crossing between ports of entry. The suit was brought by the Capital Area... Read More

Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... Read More

Data Defy Trump's Claim that Refugees and Asylees Burden Taxpayers
Posted on 10 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Madeline Buiano, Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity, May 8, 2019 " Researchers found that between 2005 and 2014, refugees and asylees here from 1980 on contributed $63 billion more to government revenues than they used in public services... Read More

Tags: refugees , asylees

Caravans and Consulates: Should Asylum Seekers Have More Options? - Curtis Pierce
Posted on 23 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caravans and Consulates: Should Asylum Seekers Have More Options? By: Curtis Pierce , Feb. 2019 INTRODUCTION In the autumn of 2018, a caravan of Central American migrants seeking a better life traveled from Honduras to the southern border of the... Read More

Here’s how to handle Central American migrants — like the Cuban rafters and Soviet Jews before them
Posted on 13 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roberto Suro, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Feb. 13, 2019 "The United States has a long history of responding to migration emergencies with legislative remedies crafted for specific situations. Sometimes, the intent has been to open doors, at other... Read More

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman: How Trump Era Immigration Enforcement Violates the Law
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Jan. 25, 2019 "Since the Trump era began more than two years ago with the election of 2016, the administration has put into place an increasingly draconian legal regime of restrictions against immigrants. Navigating these... Read More

The US Refugee Resettlement Program — A Return to First Principles: How Refugees Help to Define, Strengthen, and Revitalize the United States
Posted on 22 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Donald Kerwin, 2018 - "The US refugee resettlement program should be a source of immense national pride. The program has saved countless lives; put millions of impoverished persons on a path to work, self-sufficiency, and integration; and advanced... Read More

Tags: refugees , kerwin

Trump Administration Can’t Dodge Central American Child Refugee Claims: S.A. v. Trump
Posted on 11 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Martin Macias Jr., Courthouse News, Dec. 10, 2018 - "A federal judge on Monday denied the Trump administration’s effort to toss most claims brought by parents of Central American migrant children who said the government unlawfully ended a refugee... Read More

Trump Caps FY19 Refugee Admissions at 30,000
Posted on 4 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2019 "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... Read More

Tags: refugees , Trump

At Senate Hearing, Feds Double Down on 'Summer Camp' Baby Jails for Refugee Kids
Posted on 19 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, CNN, Sept. 18, 2018 - "A senior Trump administration official on Tuesday stood by his controversial comments comparing the detention centers for immigrant families to "summer camp," but declined to answer whether he'd send... Read More

Class Action Certified in Cambodian Detention Suit: Chhoeun v. Marin
Posted on 16 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chhoeun v. Marin - "This action challenges the Government’s policy of arbitrarily rounding up and placing in immigration detention individuals who have been living peaceably in our communities for years.1 Petitioners Nak Kim Chhoeun and Mony... Read More

Indirect Refoulement: Why the US Cannot Create a Safe Third Country Agreement with Mexico: Sophia Genovese
Posted on 7 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sophia Genovese, Aug. 6, 2018 - "The Trump Administration is seeking to create and implement a safe third country agreement with Mexico . Under this agreement, asylum seekers arriving at the US border who have travelled through Mexico would be denied... Read More

63 House Members Question Slow Pace of Refugee Admissions: Bipartisan Letter to Nielsen, Pompeo
Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 17, 2018 letter - "In September 2017, your Administration announced a Presidential Determination of 45,000 for Fiscal Year 2018, the lowest refugee admissions ceiling ever set. To meet this number, the United States must admit 3,750 refugees... Read More

Vox (Dara Lind) Exclusive: Draft Asylum Regulation Would Block Many Central Americans
Posted on 29 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, June 29, 2018 - "The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is drafting a plan that would totally overhaul asylum policy in the United States. Under the plan, people would be barred from getting asylum if they... Read More