Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Unpub. BIA Remand: Evidence, Fact-Finding, Testimony (Feb. 7, 2018)
Posted on 5 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of X-, Feb. 7, 2018, unpublished - "[W]e agree with the respondent's contention that in denying his motion to reopen, the Immigration Judge erroneously denied him the opportunity to testify regarding the amount of monetary loss involved... Read More

The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration
Posted on 17 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Now more than ever, we need an honest conversation about reforms that can improve and strengthen the admission of these immigrants into our labor force. But to do that, we must move the current immigration debate beyond the stereotypes, myths, and... Read More

Safe Passage Project: House Testimony on Unaccompanied Minors
Posted on 26 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Statement to the House Judiciary Committee June 25, 2014 Children Fleeing Violence from Central America, In This Humanitarian Crisis, Have Legal Rights and Claims to Protection Under U.S. Humanitarian Laws "These young people have a right to... Read More

Written Testimony and Statements from Senate Hearing, July 7, 2015
Posted on 7 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The 2014 Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border: A Review of the Government's Response to Unaccompanied Minors One Year Later Full Committee Hearing July 07, 2015 10:00AM Member Statements Chairman Ron Johnson R (WI) Download Statement... Read More

Jose Antonio Vargas 'Defines American'
Posted on 13 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In our America, millions of households are mixed­-status immigrant households. Like mine. Sitting behind me today is my Filipino-­American family: ­­my grandma Leonila, whom I love very much; my Aunt Aida Rivera, who helped raised... Read More

Links to Witness Testimony for Today's Senate Hearing on Border Crisis
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Challenges at the Border: Examining the Causes, Consequences, and Responses to the Rise in Apprehensions at the Southern Border July 09, 2014 10:00AM Witnesses The Honorable W. Craig Fugate Administrator, Federal Emergency Management... Read More

House Testimony of USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez
Posted on 29 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 29, 2014 : "... Today, I would like to take this opportunity of my first appearance before you to provide an overview of key accomplishments and initiatives USCIS has undertaken and also give you an overview of some of the key challenges I believe... Read More

Legomsky: Presidential Authority for DAPA/DACA Clear (House Testimony)
Posted on 27 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Like the overwhelming majority of other immigration law professors and scholars, I believe that the legal authority for both the Prosecutorial Discretion Memo and the DACA/DAPA Memo is clear. There are Congress’s express assignment of responsibility... Read More

ICE on Enforcement: House Testimony, Clarification
Posted on 20 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski


Violence the 'Overwhelming Factor' Pushing Kids Out of Central America: Bishop Mark Seitz
Posted on 26 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mr. Chairman, the ongoing generalized violence, leading to coercion and threats to the lives of citizens—particularly children—of these countries, is the overwhelming factor facing these children and propelling their migration. Extortion... Read More

House testimonies on Secure Communities
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On November 30, 2011 the House Judiciary's Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement [held] a hearing, "Is Secure Communities Keeping Our Communities Secure?" AILA Testimonies AILA Testimony to Immigration Subcommittee... Read More

Legomsky on Legality of DAPA, Expanded DACA (Senate Testimony)
Posted on 22 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Several members of this committee have publicly expressed concerns about the views of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch as to the legality of President Obama’s recently- announced executive actions on immigration. I have studied these... Read More

House testimony: Ruth Ellen Wasem
Posted on 4 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ruth Ellen Wasem, Specialist in Immigration Policy, Congressional Research Service, October 4, 2011 : "This morning I will discuss some of the key features of U.S. immigration law that pertain to this hearing, the factors that drive unauthorized... Read More

House testimony: ICE on prosecutorial discretion
Posted on 4 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"DHS and DOJ have recently established an interagency working group to implement existing guidance regarding the appropriate use of prosecutorial discretion in a manner consistent with our enforcement priorities. This interagency working group... Read More