Immigration Law

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Florida’s Racist Anti-Immigrant Bill Overturned in Federal Court
Posted on 22 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Coalition email, Sept. 22, 2021: "A federal court ruled that key sections of Florida’s anti-sanctuary law violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, delivering a decision that strikes a major blow to the state’s anti... Read More

Private Bill Filed for Colorado Woman Living in Sanctuary
Posted on 3 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jim Mimiaga, Durango Herald, Aug. 24, 2021 "A private immigration bill introduced in the U.S. Congress this month by Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Boulder, would provide legal U.S. residency for Rosa Sabido, a Mexican national from Cortez who has been living... Read More

Women in Sanctuary File Lawsuit Against ICE to Challenge Retaliatory and Excessive Civil Fines
Posted on 19 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Center for Constitutional Rights, Jan. 19, 2021 - Joined by Immigrant Rights Groups, Women in Sanctuary Seek to Hold Federal Immigration Officials Accountable Under Religious Freedom Restoration Act, First and Eighth Amendments for Targeting Leaders of... Read More

Tags: sanctuary , ICE

ICE Backs Down on Massive Sanctuary Fines
Posted on 24 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicole Narea, Vox, Oct. 23, 2019 "US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has withdrawn hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines it had levied against unauthorized immigrants who sought sanctuary from deportation in churches across the US. Beginning... Read More

Tags: sanctuary , ICE

CA9: Trump Can't Block California's Immigration Statutes - USA v. California
Posted on 19 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Emily Cadei, Sacramento Bee, Apr. 18, 2019 "The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dealt another blow to President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda on Thursday, rejecting the administration’s bid to block two California “sanctuary”... Read More

Immigration Agencies Communicated Prior to Arrest of Sanctuary Leader
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tina Vasquez, Rewire.News, Mar. 25, 2019 "Documents obtained by Rewire.News through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that immigration enforcement officials reached out to the federal agency tasked with naturalizations and immigration... Read More

Expert: Local Law Enforcement Might Contact ICE, Depending on Situation
Posted on 1 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 31, 2018 - "The arrest of an undocumented immigrant in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Stanislaus County has raised questions about whether the killing had any connection to state or local sanctuary... Read More

Trump Administration Ratchets up Pressure on “Sanctuary” Jurisdictions
Posted on 23 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, Feb. 22, 2018 - "As President Donald Trump and his administration continue to publicly excoriate cities and states that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities—so-called sanctuary cities—the... Read More

Immigration Attorney of the Week: Brennan Gian-Grasso
Posted on 12 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Samantha Schmidt, WaPo, Oct. 12, 2017 - "For nearly 11 months, Javier Flores Garcia’s world fit inside the basement of a Philadelphia church. The Mexican father of three spent 24 hours a day within the church’s walls, unable to support... Read More

Federal Court: Sessions' Bid to Curb Philly's Sanctuary City Status is Unconstitutional
Posted on 6 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alicia Victoria Lozano, NBCPhiladelphia, June 6, 2018 - "In a decision that made Mayor Jim Kenney break out into song and dance, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over how the city deals with... Read More

California Reacts to Sessions' Lawsuit
Posted on 7 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

California Department of Justice, Mar. 7, 2018 - "California Attorney General Xavier Becerra held a press conference with Governor Brown following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Trump Administration has filed a lawsuit... Read More

Cal. Gov. Jerry Brown Signs SB 54, 'Sanctuary State' Package
Posted on 5 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jazmine Ulloa, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 5, 2017 - "Under threat of possible retaliation by the Trump administration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement... Read More

Sessions Demands Documents from 23 So-Called 'Sanctuary' Jurisdictions
Posted on 25 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Jan. 24, 2018 - "The Department of Justice today sent the attached letters to 23 jurisdictions, demanding the production of documents that could show whether each jurisdiction is unlawfully restricting information sharing by its law enforcement... Read More

Fresh Printz: Why Trump and Sessions Can't Stop the Sanctuary Movement
Posted on 10 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Peter L. Markowitz, Mar. 9, 2018 - "President Trump has been saber-rattling against “sanctuary” jurisdictions since the early days of his campaign. He and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have frequently threatened to withhold federal funding... Read More

Cal. Leg. Sends 'Sanctuary State' Bill to Gov. Brown for Signature
Posted on 16 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Taryn Luna, Angela Hart, Sacramento Bee, Sept. 16, 2017 - "California lawmakers early Saturday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a “sanctuary state” immigration bill that he is expected to sign after demanding changes that some advocates said weaken... Read More