Immigration Law

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The Fight to Save an Innocent Refugee
Posted on 21 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ben Taub, New Yorker, Jan. 20, 2020 "The project of government relies on nonpolitical career officials following orders, and executing them well. On December 4th, some two dozen federal employees from the F.B.I., the D.H.S., the State Department... Read More

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Right to Counsel Victory in 'Return to Mexico' Litigation
Posted on 16 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Jan. 15, 2020 "U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw on Tuesday granted the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties’ (ACLUF-SDIC) motions for class certification and a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit, Doe v. Wolf... Read More

Trump Can't Allow States to Block Refugees: Court
Posted on 15 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HIAS, Inc. v. Trump "Plaintiffs have demonstrated to the Court's satisfaction, based on statutory text and structure, purpose, legislative history, judicial holdings, executive practice, the existence of a serious constitutional concern over... Read More

New Book - Baby Jails: The Fight to End Incarceration of Refugee Children
Posted on 13 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

University of California Press "Baby Jails: The Fight to End the Incarceration of Refugee Children in America, by Philip G. Schrag About the Book “I worked in a trailer that ICE had set aside for conversations between the women and the... Read More

TX Gov. Rejects New Refugees
Posted on 13 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press, Jan. 10, 2020 "Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday. ... It wasn’t... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase: Crime and Refugee Protection
Posted on 23 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Dec. 21, 2019 "I authored a letter that was published in the New York Times on January 15, 1993, under the heading “A Vital Distinction.” My letter pointed to “a public failure to differentiate between immigrants... Read More

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'Safe' Third Country Agreements and Judicial Review in the US and Canada
Posted on 2 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, Nov. 27, 2019 "The subject of safe third country agreements, or as the U.S. government has begun calling them “Asylum Cooperation Agreements”, has been in the news lately in both the United States and Canada. The U.S... Read More

Black Friday for Refugees
Posted on 29 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Presidential Documents "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... Read More

Tags: refugees , Trump

Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for FY 2020
Posted on 11 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Nov. 1, 2019 "MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States... Read More

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Expert: Trump's Executive Order on Refugees is Illegal
Posted on 1 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Oct. 1, 2019 "Donald Trump’s new executive order appears designed to give veto power over resettling refugees to people who don’t like refugees and elected officials willing to play on those fears. What are... Read More

Executive Order: Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement
Posted on 1 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 190 / Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Executive Order 13888 of September 26, 2019 Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement Read More

Expert: White House Justification for Low Refugee Admissions 'Faulty'
Posted on 27 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Deirdre Shesgreen and Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, Sept. 26, 2019 "The Trump administration said Thursday it will reduce the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States to a historic low – permitting no more than 18,000... Read More

White House Proposes Historic Low for FY2020 Refugee Admissions: 18,000
Posted on 27 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Sept. 26, 2019 [NOTE: This is a developing story. Expect significant pushback from all quarters, including national security experts.] Read More

Tags: refugees , Trump

White House News
Posted on 26 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On September 25, 2019 President Trump issued two Presidential Proclamations: Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Threaten Venezuela’s Democratic Institutions Proclamation on the Suspension of... Read More

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

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