Immigration Law

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Posted on 21 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elena Hodges, June 2022 "The movement to abolish immigration detention in the United States has secured immense victories in recent years. Directly impacted communities around the country are demanding an end to the inhumane and violent practice... Read More

Tags: detention

Settlement Places Strict Limits on ICE Detention at ICA-Farmville
Posted on 7 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIPNLG, July 6, 2022 "Today, a settlement agreement on claims for injunctive relief was reached in Santos Garcia et al. v. Wolf et al. , a case filed by the National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), and Gibson, Dunn... Read More

Texas Supreme Court on Immigration Detention, Licensure, Standing: Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS
Posted on 17 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grassroots Leadership v. TDFPS "In this suit, we determine whether the plaintiffs have standing to challenge a Department of Family and Protective Services licensing rule governing immigration detention centers. The court of appeals concluded that... Read More

No Place for a Child
Posted on 16 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Anna Flagg, Julia Preston, June 16, 2022 "In cells built for adults, one-third are child migrants. Border authorities have resisted improving conditions for minors in crowded, freezing facilities." Read More

Supreme Court on Immigrant Detention, Bond: Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez; Garland v. Aleman Gonzalez
Posted on 13 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez - "Section 241(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), codified at 8 U. S. C. §1231(a), authorizes the detention of noncitizens who have been ordered removed from the United States. See 110 Stat. 3009–598... Read More

No Fighting Chance: ICE's Denial of Access to Counsel in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers
Posted on 9 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Report "This ACLU research report, No Fighting Chance: ICE's Denial of Access to Counsel in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers , provides the first comprehensive study of the barriers to access to counsel in U.S. immigration detention... Read More

Over 225,000 Immigrants Monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention Technology: TRAC
Posted on 30 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 28, 2022 "According to new data available in TRAC's Quick Facts detention data tool, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is now monitoring 227,508 immigrants using 'alternatives to detention' (ATD) technology. The most common... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

ICE Directive Regarding Incompetent Detained Individuals (Apr. 5, 2022)
Posted on 12 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 5, 2022 Identification, Communication, Recordkeeping, and Safe Release Planning for Detained Individuals with Serious Mental Disorders or Conditions and/or Who Are Determined To Be Incompetent By An Immigration Judge Read More

Starving for Justice: The Denial of Proper Nutrition in Immigrant Detention
Posted on 6 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice, Apr. 6, 2022 "Imagine spending months, sometimes years without a single homemade meal. Imagine eating more than 400 meals out of a tray. Imagine having to eat in a dining hall that smells like dirty... Read More

Tags: detention

Access to Counsel: Did ICE Lie to Congress?
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Suzanne Monyak, Roll Call, Mar. 22, 2022 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement claimed in a new report to congressional appropriators about detention that immigrants had “unabated” access to lawyers during the pandemic — though... Read More

Posted on 14 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

National Center for Youth Law, Mar. 14, 2022 "On Friday, March 11, 2022, a federal judge held that unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody are entitled to greater constitutional protections than they are currently afforded when they... Read More

Why We Need to Talk About ICE's Rapidly-Expanding "Alternatives to Detention" Program
Posted on 22 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Kocher, Feb. 22, 2022 "We are witnessing a profound shift in the geographic forms of migrant surveillance and control, a shift that is simultaneously about migrants and not about migrants, a shift that is wrapped in the paper of liberal... Read More

Tags: detention , ICE

Clinic Students Win Release for Afghan Client in Complex Immigration Court Case
Posted on 8 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Mary Wood, Feb. 7, 2022 "With help from students in the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, an Afghan national who had been imprisoned for three years on a misdemeanor charge was recently freed on bond. Second... Read More

Tags: bond , detention , habeas

Groundbreaking COVID-19 Settlement to Yield Protections for Immigrants Detained by ICE, Limit Re-detention for People Released
Posted on 1 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LCCRSF, Jan. 27, 2022 "Immigrants detained by ICE during the COVID-19 pandemic in two California detention facilities have reached a groundbreaking settlement agreement to resolve a long-running class action lawsuit against ICE and GEO, a private... Read More

Illinois’ ICE detention ban to take effect within weeks following appeals court ruling
Posted on 13 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Carlos Ballesteros, Injustice Watch, Jan. 13, 2022 "Two Illinois counties that detain immigrants in federal custody in their local jails will have to terminate their contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within weeks, an appeals... Read More