Immigration Law

Recent Posts

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

Senate Report - Protecting Unaccompanied Alien Children from Trafficking and Other Abuses: The Role of the Office of Refugee Resettlement
Posted on 28 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Jan. 28, 2016 Majority and Minority Staff Report -Protecting Unaccompanied Alien Children from Trafficking and Other Abuses: The Role of the Office of Refugee Resettlement Read More

Giving Voice to Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In the last century, hundreds of thousands of children have migrated alone to the United States. Others migrated with adults but became separated after their arrival. The reasons for their migration vary, but in many cases, war, poverty, and violence... Read More

Unaccompanied Migrant Children from Central America: Context, Causes, and Responses
Posted on 8 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This paper offers a comprehensive orientation to the recent surge in migration to the United States by unaccompanied children and families from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. To inform advocates... Read More

Dramatic Surge in the Arrival of Unaccompanied Children Has Deep Roots and No Simple Solutions
Posted on 14 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The phenomenon of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, typically after an arduous and often dangerous journey through Central America and Mexico, has reached a crisis proportion, with a 90 percent spike in arrivals from last... Read More

Children On The Run: UNHCR Report
Posted on 12 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As crime and violence have increased dramatically in Mexico and Central America in recent years, UNHCR has tracked a notable increase in the number of asylum-seekers—both children and adults—particularly from El Salvador, Honduras and... Read More

FAQ: Protecting Unaccompanied Children from Trafficking - LIRS
Posted on 27 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This important FAQ from Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services (LIRS) dated Jan. 26, 2016 provides much-needed detail on the Flores Settlement agreement, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and more. Read More

OCIJ Issues Friend of Court Guidance Memo re Unaccompanied Minors
Posted on 11 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Friend of the Court Model for Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings - Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, September 10, 2014 . Read More