Immigration Law

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How CBP Routinely Terrorizes U.S. Citizens at the Border
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Earlier this month, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada. Everyone being held was a US citizen, and no one received an explanation.... Read More

Tags: cbp , detained , border

Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling
Posted on 29 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, CLINIC, AIC, HRF, RAICES, Dec. 24, 2015 - "Attorneys and advocates called the government to account for rushing detained children and mothers through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger; glaring due process violations have... Read More

How US Laws Trap Foreign Workers on Hawaii’s Fishing Boats
Posted on 9 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Associated Press, Sept. 8, 2016 - "Though federal laws and rules don’t mention Hawaii’s fishing fleet by name, technicalities buried in immigration law, maritime regulations and agency rule books have combined to give it a rare distinction... Read More

American Citizen, NYPD Cop, Combat Veteran Detained for Hours at JFK, Threatened by CBP
Posted on 16 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, May 15, 2017 - "Syed Ali is an American citizen, an officer in the New York Police Department, a combat veteran and a major in the United States Army Reserve. But none of that made a difference at passport control... Read More

Tags: ALI , cbp , jfk , detained

Jose Antonio 'Define American' Vargas Detained at Texas Airport
Posted on 15 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant and prominent immigration activist, was detained at an airport in McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday as he was passing through a security checkpoint, rights groups said. ... Read More

NYC to Provide Lawyers for All Detained Respondents in Removal Proceedings
Posted on 26 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With $4.9 million dollars of funding from the New York City Council included in the FY 2015 budget for the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), New York City will become the first jurisdiction in the nation to provide universal representation... Read More

Oscar-Nominated Director Emad Burnat Detained by CBP at LAX
Posted on 20 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Emad Burnat, the Palestinian who co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras," was reportedly detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night as he attempted to enter America to attend the Oscars... Read More

Tags: lax , burnat , cbp , detained

U.S. Citizen Released After 18 Months in Houston Immigration Jail
Posted on 19 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jacqueline Stevens, Jan. 18, 2016 - "On January 5, 2016, Lorenzo Palma, with a lawyer finally by his side (Nashville-based civil rights attorney Andrew Free ), won his release from the Houston CCA immigration jail. Ever since immigration judge Saul... Read More

Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire - Margaret Regan
Posted on 13 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An intimate look at the people ensnared by the US detention and deportation system, the largest in the world On a bright Phoenix morning, Elena Santiago opened her door to find her house surrounded by a platoon of federal immigration agents. Her... Read More

Bollywood Superstar SRK (Shah Rukh Khan) Detained Again by CBP at LAX
Posted on 15 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Variety, Aug. 12, 2016 - "Top Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan was Thursday stopped and detained by immigration authorities as he entered the U.S. at Los Angeles Airport. It is at least the third time the superstar has been hauled over by U.S. border... Read More

Bond Hearings Ordered for Detained Refugee Kids: Flores v. Lynch
Posted on 22 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHR, Jan. 20, 2017 - "The Center for Human Rights, U.C. Davis Law School Legal Clinic, and the Youth Law Center today won a class-wide order compelling the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ORR) to... Read More

Toolkit: Detained or Deported - What About My Children?
Posted on 25 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Apprehended parents are not guaranteed a phone call to make care arrangements for their children. Children can end up in the child welfare system if both parents are apprehended, if the migrant is a single parent, or if another parent or caretaker... Read More

1,000 Migrants Detained at McAllen Station, Agents Warn of Overcrowding
Posted on 23 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Border Patrol agents detained roughly 1,000 people Wednesday morning at the McAllen Station, severely overcrowding the modest building on Military Highway. Without anywhere else to keep them, agents temporarily detained many immigrants who entered... Read More

Phase I of Plan to Provide Enhanced Procedural Protections to Unrepresented Detained Respondents with Mental Disorders
Posted on 1 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"EOIR announced its nationwide plan to provide enhanced procedural protections to unrepresented, detained respondents on April 22, 2013 . On August 15, 2013, EOIR began Phase I of its nationwide plan, in order to test aspects of the plan. This document... Read More

Guide for Detained and Removed Parents with Child Custody Concerns
Posted on 26 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"If you are in immigration detention and you do not know who is taking care of your children, or if your children are in the child welfare system, it is very important that you get help from a lawyer, a legal aid organization, or relatives and friends... Read More