Immigration Law

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ORR Expands Comment Period: Release of Unaccompanied Children From ORR Custody
Posted on 6 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 88 / Friday, May 6, 2022 "The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently requested public comment on proposed... Read More

Groups Sue Feds Demanding MPP Transparency
Posted on 5 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Business Wire, Oct. 4, 2021 "The Galveston-Houston Immigrant Representation Project (GHIRP ), YMCA of Greater Houston, International Services (YMCA) , and Justice Action Center (JAC) , represented by Bracewell LLP, filed on Friday, October 1st... Read More

ORR, ICE, CBP Information-Sharing MOA (Mar. 11, 2021)
Posted on 16 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) AMONG THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY... Read More

Administration Ends Requirement That Information on Migrant Children, Sponsors Be Shared with ICE
Posted on 15 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Landis, Spectrum News, Mar. 12, 2021 "On Friday, the Biden administration officially ended an information sharing agreement between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the agencies caring for unaccompanied children who cross the... Read More

HHS, DHS Ink New Memo re Unaccompanied Minors
Posted on 12 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 12, 2021 "Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of a 2018 agreement that undermined the interests of children and had a chilling effect... Read More

Notice of Temporary Exception From Expulsion of Unaccompanied Noncitizen Children Pending Forthcoming Public Health Determination
Posted on 17 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 17, 2021 "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a temporary exception from expulsion for unaccompanied... Read More

GAO Faults ORR on Care of UACs
Posted on 8 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Oct. 7, 2020 "The Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) grant announcements soliciting care providers for unaccompanied children—those without lawful immigration status and without a parent or guardian in the U.S. available to... Read More

Will Trump Build a Migrant Baby Jail on a Toxic Landfill?
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Earthjustice, Feb. 12, 2019 "Earthjustice released a report that highlights how a migrant detention center for unaccompanied children is slated to be placed on top of a former landfill and could have damaging effects on children’s health... Read More

CA9 Upholds Saravia Preliminary Injunction
Posted on 1 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Saravia v. Sessions , court staff summary - "In an action arising from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s rearrest and detention of noncitizens who came to this country as unaccompanied minors, the panel affirmed the district court’s... Read More

Senate Report: Oversight of the Care of Unaccompanied Alien Children (Aug. 15, 2018)
Posted on 24 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

United States Senate, PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Aug. 15, 2018 - "Since 2015, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has conducted extensive oversight of federal government... Read More

More Judges, Lawyers Needed for Refugee Moms, Kids
Posted on 9 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As unaccompanied immigrant minors flooded into the U.S. this summer, immigration lawyers and judges struggled to keep up. The sheer number of minors arriving brought court scheduling problems, sudden changes in federal policy and more volunteers... Read More

CRS on Unaccompanied Alien Children (May 11, 2016)
Posted on 20 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CRS, May 11, 2016 - "Unaccompanied alien children are defined in statute as children who: lack lawful immigration status in the United States; are under the age of 18; and are without a parent or legal guardian in the United States or without a parent... Read More

Unaccompanied Minors Crisis Has Receded from Headlines But Major Issues Remain
Posted on 3 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Central American flows have returned, at least for now, to their precrisis level, reducing the white-hot political and media focus. Underlying questions and challenges remain, however, concerning the fate of tens of thousands of newly arrived... Read More

Unaccompanied Alien Children - Legal Issues: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Posted on 30 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Recent reports about the increasing number of alien minors apprehended at the U.S. border without a parent or legal guardian have prompted numerous questions about so-called unaccompanied alien children (UACs). Some of these questions pertain to... Read More

In Two out of Three Pending Cases, Unaccompanied Children Have No Representation in Immigration Court: TRAC
Posted on 25 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Unaccompanied children are represented by an attorney in only about one-third (32%) of 63,721 cases pending in Immigration Court as of October 31, 2014, according to the latest data obtained and analyzed by Syracuse University's Transactional... Read More