Immigration Law

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Why Did ICE Jail an American Citizen for Over Three Years?
Posted on 6 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In Spring 2008, things were finally looking up for Davino Watson. He had pleaded guilty to selling a small amount of cocaine in September 2007 in New York, but on May 8, the 23-year-old successfully completed the state's Shock Incarceration... Read More

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American Citizen Sues DHS After Being Locked Up in Immigration Jail for 3.5 Years
Posted on 1 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A New York man is suing the Department of Homeland Security for detaining and seeking his deportation for three and a half years as immigration officers ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship. Davino Watson derived citizenship from his father... Read More

Lengthy Detention of American Citizen by ICE Yields Small Award: Watson v. USA
Posted on 29 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Watson v. USA, Feb. 25, 2016 - "This arcane case involves a combination of critical negligent factual errors by government officials and rare reversals in the interpretation of applicable substantive citizenship law. An American citizen was wrongly... Read More

AAO L-1A New Office Manager Victory
Posted on 30 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"While the beneficiary is required to apply his business expertise in carrying out his job duties and perform some operational or administrative tasks, the petitioner has established by a preponderance of the evidence that the majority of the day... Read More

FTCA Lawsuit by American Citizen Against ICE Moves Forward - Watson v. USA
Posted on 1 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Plaintiff has a basis for contending that, for lack of an attorney, and because of the negligent failure of the United States to protect him when he rightly claimed United States citizenship, he, a young citizen, son of a citizen, was unjustly incarcerated... Read More

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CA2 on Equitable Tolling: Watson v. USA (No Compensation for American Citizen Illegally Imprisoned by ICE)
Posted on 2 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Watson v. USA, July 31, 2017 - "Davino Watson, a United States citizen, was improperly held in immigration detention for more than three years because the government mistakenly believed that he was a deportable alien. He sued under the Federal Tort... Read More

Reflections on Watson v. Holder: The Dog That Didn’t Bark
Posted on 22 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Reflections on Watson v. Holder: The Dog That Didn’t Bark , By Laura Murray-Tjan, October 22, 2012: "The Second Circuit’s 2011 remand in Watson v. Holder , now pending before the Board of Immigration Appeals (the “Board”)... Read More

David Isaacson on FTCA Claim Filing Timing: Watson v. USA
Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, Aug. 15, 2017 - "In its July 31, 2017, opinion in Watson v. United States , a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, over the dissent of Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, declared untimely the claim of false imprisonment... Read More

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