Immigration Law

Recent Posts

"I Hope a Lawyer Will Answer"
Posted on 3 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tyche Hendricks, KQED, Jan. 3, 2022 "Pablo López sat on the small balcony of an apartment in a Walnut Creek housing complex, dialing phone numbers for legal aid groups across the Bay Area. Just above his head, the freshly washed Chick-fil... Read More

Groups File Immigration 'Rocket Docket' FOIA Lawsuit Against Feds
Posted on 3 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CNS, Feb. 3, 2016 - "The Department of Justice makes it harder for vulnerable children and families to avoid deportation by hiding its priority immigration docketing policies from the public, the American Immigration Lawyers Association claims in... Read More

Rocket Docket Immigration Court Hearings for Refugee Children (Video)
Posted on 5 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"AILA Southern California Chair Heather Poole joins us to discuss due process violations happening as California accelerates master calendar notifications for unaccompanied children." - AILA, Aug. 5, 2014 . Read More

Obama's 'Rocket Dockets' for Refugee Children 'Shameful'
Posted on 6 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Responding to a flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the border in the last year, Miami's immigration court has instituted a "rocket docket,'' assigning three judges to exclusively handle cases involving the youths and decide... Read More

'Rocket Docket' Immigration Hearings Violate Due Process, Experts Say
Posted on 28 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, Oct. 27, 2016 - "Since 2014, almost 40,000 cases have been closed by "rocket docket" courts, which aim to expeditiously push immigration proceedings involving families with children, like Sandra Gutierrez, through... Read More

DOJ Lawyer: 'There Are No Rocket Dockets' in Artesia, Karnes
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department and immigrant-rights attorneys clashed before a federal judge in Seattle on Wednesday — a case dramatizing the split personality in the Obama administration over the question of providing counsel to child migrants faced... Read More

Refugee Kids Still Being Fast-Tracked for Deportation
Posted on 18 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As tens of thousands of Central Americans face expedited deportation hearings across the nation, the first wave of cases in New Jersey involving parents and their children began last week in Newark. A judge informed 18 families who were apprehended... Read More

Many Unrepresented Families Quickly Deported Via 'Rocket Docket" - TRAC
Posted on 18 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Oct. 18, 2016 - "When families initially do not have an attorney to represent them, disposing of their cases quickly may prevent them from locating an attorney. Yet whether or not the family is represented is the single most important factor... Read More

Judges Decry 'Rocket Dockets' for Refugee Kids
Posted on 28 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Two federal immigration court judges criticized the fast-track deportation hearings for unaccompanied minors today and called for the courts to be made independent from the Justice Department. The judges, leaders in the National Association of... Read More

Rocket Dockets: Jettisoning Justice For Refugee Kids?
Posted on 1 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Lawyers call them rocket dockets — court schedules that speed deportation hearings for Central American children who crossed the U.S. border without a parent. Some question whether the children are getting proper legal representation as immigration... Read More

Immigration Court 'Rocket Docket' Targets Child Refugees
Posted on 5 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigrant advocacy groups were rushing on Monday to prepare for special new court procedures in New York City next week that will accelerate deportation hearings for newly arrived unaccompanied children from Central America. The advocates, who... Read More