Immigration Law

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DOJ Ends Trump-era Byrne JAG Grant Limits
Posted on 28 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters, Apr. 28, 2021 "The U.S. Justice Department has repealed a policy put in place during Donald Trump’s presidency that cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with... Read More

CA7 on Byrne JAG Grant Conditions: Chicago v. Barr
Posted on 30 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chicago v. Barr "We conclude again today, as we did when presented with the preliminary injunction, that the Attorney General cannot pursue the policy objectives of the executive branch through the power of the purse or the arm of local law enforcement;... Read More

Another Loss for Trump and Barr: Colorado v. DOJ
Posted on 27 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Colorado v. DOJ "This case concerns the ability of Defendant the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to attach certain immigration-related conditions to federal grant funds provided to state and local law enforcement under the Edward... Read More

CA1 on DOJ Overreach: City of Providence v. Barr
Posted on 25 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

City of Providence v. Barr "After a number of state and local governments refused to assist in federal enforcement of certain immigration-related laws, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) purposed to condition some unrelated federal law... Read More

CA2 on Byrne Grants: New York v. Barr
Posted on 27 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NY v. Barr "To summarize, we conclude as follows: (1) The Attorney General was statutorily authorized to impose all three challenged conditions on Byrne grant applications. a. The Certification Condition (1) is statutorily authorized by 34 U.S... Read More

CA3 Upholds Philadelphia's 'Sanctuary Cities' Victory Against Feds
Posted on 16 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Philadelphia v. Attorney General "Concluding that Congress did not grant the Attorney General this authority, we hold that the Challenged Conditions were unlawfully imposed. Therefore, we will affirm the District Court’s order to the extent... Read More

Permanent Injunction Granted in Cal. Sanctuary Cities Case
Posted on 8 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

San Francisco v. Sessions, Oct. 5, 2018 - "In agreement with every court that has looked at these issues, I find that: the challenged conditions violate the separation of powers; Section 1373 is unconstitutional; the Attorney General exceeds the... Read More

Chicago Sues Sessions Over Sanctuary Cities Threat
Posted on 7 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, Aug. 7, 2017 - "Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities Monday to sue the government over what many U.S. cities argue... Read More

Sanctuary Cities: Six Ways the Trump Administration Flouts the Rule of Law - Prof. Kari Hong
Posted on 11 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Kari Hong, Jan. 8, 2018 - "As we start a new year, the status of “sanctuary cities” promises to be a continuing flashpoint in the immigration debate. The Trump Administration cites the “rule of law,” and immigrants’... Read More

Judge Keeps Nationwide Injunction in Place in Chicago Sanctuary Cities Lawsuit
Posted on 15 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Michael Tarm, AP, Oct. 13, 2017 - "A federal judge in Chicago on Friday denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift a national freeze on a Trump administration policy that would withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary... Read More

Sessions Sues California!
Posted on 7 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katie Benner, Jennifer Medina, New York Times, Mar. 6, 2018 - "The Trump administration escalated what had been a war of words over California’s immigration agenda, filing a lawsuit late Tuesday that amounted to a pre-emptive strike against... Read More

California Sues Trump, Sessions Over Sanctuary Cities Policy
Posted on 15 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

California Attorney General, Aug. 14, 2017 - "The Trump Administration cannot manipulate federal grant fund requirements to pressure states, counties or municipalities to enforce federal immigration laws,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra... Read More

Sessions Posts "Sanctuary Cities" Memo
Posted on 23 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, May 22, 2017 - "...In accordance with my duties as Attorney General, I have determined that section 9(a) of the Executive Order, which is directed to the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security, will be applied solely to federal... Read More

Federal Judge Tosses Texas' 'Sanctuary Cities' Lawsuit
Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cassandra Pollock, Texas Tribune, Aug. 10, 2017 - "A federal judge dismissed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's request to dub the state's new "sanctuary cities" ban constitutional on Wednesday — but the legal battle isn't... Read More

Judge Rules in Chicago's Favor on Sanctuary Cities, Grants Nationwide Injunction
Posted on 15 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chicago Tribune, Sept. 15, 2017 - "In a ruling with national impact, a federal judge in Chicago on Friday blocked the Trump administration's rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to get a public... Read More