Immigration Law

Recent Posts

Unpub. BIA Pardon Victory in Alabama, Louisiana
Posted on 17 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hats off to my associate, Samantha Hechtman , who writes: "Respondent is a native and citizen of Antigua Barbuda. He entered the United States as a lawful permanent resident on January 30, 1988. Respondent was detained by ICE on November 14, 2016... Read More

Intervenors Successful in 'Frivolous' Census Litigation: Alabama v. U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Posted on 14 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, Dec. 13, 2018 - "Latino voters and a grassroots organization will be allowed to intervene as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the State of Alabama that seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census count of all persons in... Read More

Tags: MALDEF , Alabama , census

Alabama Can't Block Refugees: Alabama v. U.S.
Posted on 2 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alabama v. U.S., July 29, 2016 - "Plaintiffs assert three claims for declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants under the Declaratory Judgment Act, the Refugee Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Mandamus and Venue Act. As discussed... Read More

Tags: refugees , Alabama

The Prospects and Challenges of Educational Reform for Latino Undocumented Children: An Essay Examining Alabama’s H.B. 56 and Other State Immigration Measures
Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This essay analyzes the provisions of Alabama’s recent anti-illegal immigration law that affect the education of undocumented children and examines their constitutionality in view of current federal law, as embodied in Plyler v. Doe... Read More

Linda Smith, et al. v. Reese McKinney, Jr. - right to marry
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Linda Smith, a U.S. citizen, and “John Doe,” an undocumented immigrant, had been a couple for more than nine years. When they decided to marry, they could not obtain a marriage license from the Montgomery County Probate Office... Read More

New York City Bar Association Files Amicus Brief in Support of Reversing Alabama Immigration Law
Posted on 22 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The New York City Bar Association has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in support of reversing the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, Ala. Laws Act 2011-535, commonly known as... Read More

Alabama Bill Tries to Put the CLE Hurt on Immigration Lawyers
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This past April, Alabama Senator Holley recently introduced Senate Bill 543 (SB543) that would require attorneys who practice immigration law in the State of Alabama to complete an additional 50 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours on top... Read More

Settlement Ends Alabama Immigration Lawsuit
Posted on 30 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration, which has mostly been gutted by federal court decisions. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union... Read More

Pork-Barrel Politics Keep Alabama Immigration Jail Open: NBC on Etowah
Posted on 22 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hats off to Lisa Riordan Seville and Hannah Rappleye, NBC News, for exposing, in detail, how ICE bowed to political pressure to keep a sub-par immigration jail (Etowah County Detention Center, a.k.a. 'hell on Earth') open in Gadsden, Alabama.... Read More

Tags: NBC , etowah , Alabama , ICE

Alabama immigration fight recalls civil rights era
Posted on 29 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Alabama's jump to the forefront says as much about the country's evolving demographics as it does the nation's collective memory of the state's sometimes violent path to desegregation." - Associated Press, Oct. 29, 2011... Read More

Alabama Immigration Law Asks Doctors For Their Papers
Posted on 18 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Some Alabama physicians and physician assistants were surprised this week to receive a letter with a new demand from the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners: Show us your papers. Under the state's 2011 immigration law, these medical professionals... Read More

DOJ Letter: Dear Alabama Schools...
Posted on 6 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department released a letter late Thursday afternoon, hours after six individuals protesting Alabama's immigration law conducted a sit-down demonstration near the Alabama Senate chamber, saying Alabama's controversial immigration... Read More

Reap What You Sow
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

39 minutes of must-listen radio : "Last Summer, Alabama passed HB56, the most sweeping immigration bill in the country. It's an example of a strategy called "attrition through enforcement" or, more colloquially, "self-deportation"... Read More

Alabama Immigration Law Puts Squeeze on Schools
Posted on 9 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Alabama school districts are reeling from the impact of the state’s tough, new immigration law and a federal court ruling upholding a portion of the statute that requires schools to report on the immigration status of their students... Read More

Posted on 12 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" What is the role of the attorney in advising non-citizens who may be committing crimes in Alabama by virtue of simply being alive in Alabama?" - Cyrus D. Mehta, Nov. 11, 2011 . Read More