Immigration Law

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Lawsuit Challenges Systemic USCIS and ICE FOIA Delays
Posted on 20 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, June 19, 2019 "Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), individuals must receive a determination on requests for information within a maximum of 30 days. However, individuals and attorneys who file FOIAs with the United States Citizenship... Read More


How the BIA Works
Posted on 25 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

See attorney Matthew Hoppock's Twitter feed and his blog for the results of his FOIA requests revealing fascinating internal BIA documents. Read More

Tags: bia , hoppock , FOIA

TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

New FOIA Release - Butler County ICE Detainees Paid in Coffee Packets, ICE Punishes Hunger Strikers in Tacoma
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jacqueline Stevens, Mar. 25, 2019 "Attorneys have been suing private prisons for their exploitation of people in custody under immigration laws, a phenomenon that has been receiving increasing coverage by the mainstream media . But county... Read More

Immigration Agencies Communicated Prior to Arrest of Sanctuary Leader
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tina Vasquez, Rewire.News, Mar. 25, 2019 "Documents obtained by Rewire.News through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that immigration enforcement officials reached out to the federal agency tasked with naturalizations and immigration... Read More

Lawsuit: Standards for Avoiding Deportation Cannot Be Shrouded in Secrecy
Posted on 2 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, Feb. 28, 2019 "In July and November of 2018, the American Immigration Council, along with the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, filed two requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA... Read More

Pro Se Attorneys Ineligible for Fee Awards Under FOIA - Gahagan v. USCIS (CA5)
Posted on 27 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gahagan v. USCIS - "The question presented is whether attorneys appearing pro se can recover fees under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). The district court held no. We affirm." Read More

Tags: fees , FOIA , USCIS , pro se

Did the BIA Edit the Attorney General’s Decision in Matter of Castro-Tum? If So, Does it Matter?
Posted on 2 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Nov. 2, 2018 - "A series of FOIA requests regarding the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of Castro-Tum seem to have revealed something strange about that decision: it was edited after the Attorney General issued it. ... Read More

D.C. Attorney General Sues ICE for Answers About Immigration Crackdowns
Posted on 23 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine , Oct. 22, 2018 - "Attorney General Karl A. Racine today filed a lawsuit seeking to force U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to provide answers about recent ICE enforcement actions in the... Read More

'FOIA Requests Are Not a Game of Battleship' - GAP v. DHS
Posted on 15 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAP v. DHS - "FOIA requests are not a game of Battleship. The requester should not have to score a direct hit on the records sought based on the precise phrasing of his request. Rather, the agency must liberally interpret the request and frame its... Read More

Tags: FOIA , DHS

Groups to USCIS: Why the Naturalization Backlog?
Posted on 6 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

National Partnership for New Americans, Aug. 6, 2018 - "Today, the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) along with UnidosUS , the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), CASA , Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los... Read More

FOIA Lawsuit Filed Against CBP: AIC v. DHS
Posted on 8 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, June 6, 2016 - "Two years ago, the American Immigration Council released an analysis of data it had obtained from the Department of Homeland Security detailing an utter lack of responsiveness to complaints filed against agents employed by United... Read More

Tags: cbp , FOIA , lawsuit , aic

Private Immigration Prison Owners Ask Courts for Secrecy: Detention Watch Network v. ICE
Posted on 28 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CCR, Dec. 23, 2015 - "In a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case related to the federal immigration detention bed quota, advocates today pointed to the government’s inclusion of several affidavits from private prison corporations who are not... Read More

Immigration Attys Sue CBP Over 'Sluggish' FOIA Responses
Posted on 24 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection is violating federal laws and stymieing immigration relief petitions by routinely failing to timely respond to Freedom of Information Act requests, immigration lawyers and noncitizens contended Wednesday in their... Read More

Tags: cbp , FOIA , delays , lawsuit

New DHS FOIA Documents Posted: Nov. 2, 2015
Posted on 2 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Records Related to Illegal Immigration Across the Southern Border of the U.S. Records Relating to Locations of Facilities for Unaccompanied Alien Children Read More

Tags: immigration , FOIA , DHS