Immigration Law

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Supreme Court Grants Stay in Border Wall Litigation
Posted on 29 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sierra Club, July 26, 2019 "The American Civil Liberties Union today announced that it will seek to expedite proceedings before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in order to restore a permanent block on border wall construction using unauthorized... Read More

CA9: No Military Funds for Border Wall
Posted on 4 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sierra Club v. Trump "Because section 8005 did not authorize DoD to reprogram the funds—and Defendants do not and cannot argue that any other statutory or constitutional provision authorized the reprogramming—the use of those funds... Read More

Tags: wall , Trump , border

Judge Shuts Down Trump’s Diversion of Military Funds to Build Border Wall
Posted on 29 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Parton, CNS, June 28, 2019 "A federal judge in California ruled Friday against the Trump administration in two different lawsuits over the use of $2.5 billion in military funding to build part of a southern border wall. Last month, U.S. District... Read More

Over $25 Million Dollars per Mile - Trump's Border Wall
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gus Bova, Texas Observer, May 28, 2019 "When the federal government builds a border wall, the taxpayer foots two bills. First, there’s the cost to get the thing built, a figure proclaimed in presidential budget requests and press accounts... Read More

Tags: wall , Trump , border

Sierra Club v. Trump: Court Partially Blocks Border Wall
Posted on 28 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jon Parton, Courthouse News Service, May 24, 2019 "A federal judge Friday has partially blocked the Trump administration from building parts of a wall along the southern border and blocks the transfer of nearly $1 billion in funds from the Defense... Read More

If Trump’s Border Wall Becomes Reality, Here’s How He Could Easily Get Private Land for It
Posted on 25 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, Mar. 25, 2019 "A law is supposed to protect property owners from lowball offers by the government when it takes land through eminent domain. But a letter shows how simple it is for officials to eviscerate what is... Read More

Executive Power Showdown: Congress and White House Quarrel over Immigration Spending - MPI
Posted on 1 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Randy Capps, Migration Policy Institute, Feb. 28, 2019 "Despite a breakthrough bipartisan agreement to fund the federal government and avert another shutdown, a faceoff between the Trump administration and Congress... Read More

3 More Lawsuits And Counting Over Border 'Emergency'
Posted on 20 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In addition to the lawsuit filed on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 by 16 states , at least three more lawsuits have been filed against the Trump administration's national emergency proclamation . Public Citizen Sues Trump on Behalf of Affected Texas Landowners... Read More

16 States Sue Trump Over Border Emergency
Posted on 19 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

California Attorney General, Feb. 18, 2019 "California Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a 16-state coalition, today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California challenging... Read More

South Texas Wildlife Refuge Files Restraining Order Against Feds Over Border Wall Construction
Posted on 12 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gus Bova, The Texas Observer, Feb. 1, 2019 " Late Monday evening, attorneys for the National Butterfly Center asked a federal judge to block the Trump administration from building a border wall at the refuge or using the center’s property... Read More

White House Immigration Meeting: Confusion or Progress?
Posted on 10 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG, New York Times, Jan. 9, 2018 - "President Trump on Tuesday appeared open to negotiating a sweeping immigration deal that would eventually grant millions of undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship... Read More

Tags: daca , wall , Trump

The Wall: The Real Costs of a Barrier Between the U.S. and Mexico - Brookings
Posted on 16 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings [This is a very long, rich, detailed look at the border wall, with marvelous graphics. It deals with the price tag, smuggling, crime, the U.S. economy, communities and the environment, and much more. Recommended!] Read More

Feds Quietly Prepare for Land Seizures for Border Wall
Posted on 14 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, CNN, Nov. 13, 2017 - "Although approval for a new border wall has yet to come, the Trump administration has taken subtle steps to be able to seize land to build one, including by restarting litigation that has laid dormant for years against... Read More

DHS Waives Environmental Regulations for Border Wall Construction
Posted on 2 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 147 / Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious... Read More

Live Webcast: The Wall (Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m. EST)
Posted on 10 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brookings - The Wall: The real costs of a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico; A conversation with Vanda Felbab-Brown and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) "President Trump’s proposed border wall, and more broadly how the United States defines... Read More