Immigration Law

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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

Cyrus Mehta: Making Sense of the Acquittal in Kate Steinleā€™s Case - Why Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Equating Immigrants with Criminals Must Stop
Posted on 4 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Dec. 4, 2017 - "Kate Steinle’s death was a senseless tragedy. On July 1, 2015, as she was walking along San Francisco’s Pier 14, a gun goes off and cuts her life short. She died in her father’s arms. The accused... Read More

Court Permanently Enjoins Trump's 'Sanctuary Cities' EO
Posted on 21 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

County of Santa Clara v. Trump, Nov. 20, 2017 - "I GRANT the Counties’ motions for summary judgment on the Executive Order and permanently enjoin Section 9(a). ... The Counties have demonstrated that the Executive Order has caused and will... Read More

What Are 'Sanctuary Cities'? - New York Times
Posted on 3 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jasmine C. Lee, Rudy Omri, Julia Preston, New York Times, Sept. 2, 2016 - "[M]any Republicans say sanctuary cities allow criminals to go free, leading to crimes that could have been avoided if the immigrants had been deported. Many local law enforcement... Read More

Texas Files Preemptive Lawsuit Defending 'Sanctuary Cities' Ban
Posted on 8 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TX Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton, May 8, 2017 - "Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to uphold the constitutionality of Senate Bill 4. SB 4 bans sanctuary cities in Texas and requires... Read More

Trump Handed "Sweeping Defeat...Humiliating Loss" in Sanctuary Cities Case: County of Santa Clara v. Trump
Posted on 26 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, Apr. 26, 2017 - " The Post reports : A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to withhold unspecified federal... Read More