Immigration Law

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ICE Officials Knew Dollar/Day Wages Lacked Congressional Authorization
Posted on 22 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jacqueline Stevens, June 22, 2020 E-mail ICE Fought to Keep Secret for Six Years May Clinch Minimum Wage Claims against Private Prisons "For the last ten years I've been conducting research on the history and legality of Immigration and Customs... Read More

New FOIA Release - Butler County ICE Detainees Paid in Coffee Packets, ICE Punishes Hunger Strikers in Tacoma
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Mar. 25, 2019 "Attorneys have been suing private prisons for their exploitation of people in custody under immigration laws, a phenomenon that has been receiving increasing coverage by the mainstream media . But county... Read More

GEO Sued for Minimum Wage and Forced Labor Law Violations, and Unjust Enrichment
Posted on 23 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Yesterday, Alejandro Menoca, Marcos Brambila, Grisel Xahuentitla, Hugo Hernandez, Lourdes, Argueta, Jesus Gaytan, Olga Alexaklina, Dagaberto Vizguerra, and Demetrio Valerga on their own behalf and others similarly situated filed a complaint informing... Read More

ICE Continues to Detain and Deport American Citizens
Posted on 28 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eyder Peralta, NPR, Dec. 22, 2016 - "It's illegal for U.S. immigration authorities to hold Americans in detention. However, an NPR analysis of data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request shows that hundreds of American citizens... Read More

How Independent Are Immigration Judges? A Peek Behind the Curtain
Posted on 21 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, June 19, 2016 - " Yesterday I bumped into an email from "PBZ"* to Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) Gary Smith. It documents everything Atlanta practitioners knew but couldn't exactly prove: 1) The Atlanta... Read More

DHS, DOJ Press for Deportation of American Citizen Despite Res Judicata
Posted on 8 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Frank Serna wrote me from Houston CCA in June, where he'd been locked up for 14 months . An immigration judge in 2004 held a hearing and found credible his mother's testimony and other evidence of his U.S. citizenship and terminated proceedings... Read More

Deporting citizens
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Professor/blogger Jacqueline Stevens continues to educate us all concerning the Anthony Clarke, Mark Lyttle and Esteban Tiznado cases. See here (Dec. 7, 2011) and here (Dec. 9, 2011.) Read More

FOIA-ing the FOIA Manual! The Inside Scoop on USCIS and DHS Data Entry and Databases
Posted on 1 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Aug. 30, 2016 - " A couple months ago, fed up with the randomness of Freedom of Information Act rote rejection letters from certain agencies - the State Department is the worst and USCIS had just lost a remand responsive... Read More

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Federal Lawsuit Against Atlanta IJ Cassidy Moves Forward
Posted on 23 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At the instigation of [Immigration Judge] William Cassidy, a former deportation agency prosecutor, on April 19, 2010 various federal officials and Paragon Systems, Inc. guards interfered with my Constitutional rights to observe deportation hearings... Read More

Professor-Blogger Sues DOJ Over Public Access to Immigration Court
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On April 19, 2010 guards followed an unlawful order to remove me from the Atlanta federal building housing the immigration courts . Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that in the months following this, supervising... Read More

Unpublished BIA Victory: 212(c), Ineffective Assistance, Mental Capacity
Posted on 16 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Eric Garde of Las Vegas recently received good news from the BIA, granting his motion to reopen a case that had last been before the Board in 1998! Matter of Stevens, A035-172-124 - Detroit, Oct. 12, 2011, unpublished . Read More

U.S. Citizen, Wrongfully Deported by ICE, Wins Partial Court Victory
Posted on 3 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he Court holds that a United States citizen with a diminished mental capacity who has been detained without probable cause, who the federal agents know claims to be a U.S. citizen, whose claim of citizenship is not investigated, whose claim is... Read More

DHS Tries to Deport, Continues to Detain, U.S. Citizen
Posted on 3 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Robinson Martinez has persuaded the BIA that he is an American citizen, but DHS is still detaining him and trying to deport him. Professor / investigative journalist Jacqueline Stevens has the story . Read More

NPR Airs Story on ICE Dollar-Per-Day Private Immigration Jail Labor
Posted on 25 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"NPR reporter Alexandra Starr covers a lawsuit and slave wages for those in custody under immigration laws. Listen here . Note that in response to my assertion that those in ICE custody are not exempt from the protections of federal labor laws, GEO... Read More

In The Rush To Deport, Expelling U.S. Citizens
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The government is not shy about its success deporting people from the United States. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently sent out videos of early-morning raids conducted across the country. Uniformed ICE agents are shown planning... Read More