Immigration Law

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Second Lawsuit Filed Against 'Public Charge' Rule
Posted on 15 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Aug. 14, 2019 "Attorney General Bob Ferguson today co-led a coalition of 13 states in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over changes to the “public charge”... Read More

New State Law Protects Immigrants in Washington
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, May 21, 2019 "On May 21st, Governor Jay Inslee signed The Keep Washington Working Act (Senate Bill 5497) into law. This important legislation promotes fairness to immigrants and protects the privacy and civil rights of all Washington residents... Read More

New Wa. State Evidence Rule Protects Immigrants - ER 413
Posted on 17 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Martin, Ken Masters, and Joe Morrison, NW Lawyer, July 2018 - "The Washington Supreme Court adopted ER 413, which strictly limits the use of immigration-status evidence in judicial proceedings, last year. The rule, which takes effect Sept.... Read More

A Washington County That Went for Trump is Shaken as Immigrant Neighbors Start Disappearing
Posted on 10 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nina Shapiro, Seattle Times, Nov. 9, 2017 - "Named after a character in a cowboy book, Police Chief Flint Wright describes himself as pretty conservative. A portrait of Ronald Reagan hangs in his office, along with photos of John Wayne, and his... Read More

Wa. State Sues Motel 6 for Turning Over Guest Lists to ICE
Posted on 4 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Jan. 3, 2018 - "Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit against national hotel chain Motel 6 for voluntarily providing guest lists to agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement... Read More

Mixed Reaction to New Wa. Evidence Rule re Immigration Status in Civil, Criminal Trials
Posted on 15 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Evan Bush, Seattle Times, Nov. 15, 2017 - "Last Wednesday, the state Supreme Court ... approved a rule that makes evidence about a person’s immigration status “generally inadmissible” in civil and criminal courts statewide unless... Read More

Washington State Sues Trump Over Refugee Ban
Posted on 31 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here's a link to State of Washington v. Trump , filed in federal district court on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Read More

SEC Granted TRO in Wa. EB-5 Regional Center Lawsuit: SEC v. Path America
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is a link to a PDF combining the Complaint (pages 1-17) and the TRO (pages 18-27) issued Aug. 24, 2015 in SEC v. Path America, No. 2:15-cv-01350-JLR, W.D. Wa. Excerpts: "Since February 2012, defendants Lobsang Dargey; Path America, LLC; Path... Read More

Washington State Atty. Gen. Sues Trump Over Refugee Ban
Posted on 30 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Jan. 30, 2017 - "Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is filing a lawsuit in federal court today against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration... Read More

Wa. Atty. Gen. Shuts Down Immigration Scammers
Posted on 15 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington State Attorney General, Sept. 14, 2015 - "Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a Friday court order against EC New Horizons and EC Horizons requiring repeat offenders Edwin Cruz and Maurice Terry to pay $234,000. Cruz and Terry provided... Read More

See Up-To-The-Minute Case Developments: Wa. & Minn. v. Trump (CA9 - Updated)
Posted on 6 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Ninth Circuit has a dedicated web page for this case. Here are the latest filings: 02/06/2017 Link to oral argument live stream 02/06/2017 Order clarifying live streaming oral argument 02/06/2017 Order re live... Read More

Unpub. BIA Agg. Fel. Victory: Wash. Rev. Code §§ 9A.28.020(1), 9A.44.089(1)
Posted on 5 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS') has charged the respondent with removability from the United States as an alien convicted of an "aggravated felony" and a "crime of child abuse." See sections 237(a)(2)(A)... Read More

The Unethical Use of Immigration Status in Civil Matters
Posted on 25 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he Washington Supreme Court unanimously adopted a formal Comment to RPC 4.4(a) to provide guidance on the use of immigration status in civil matters. The comment became effective on Sept. 1, 2013. The comment notes that “[i]ssues involving... Read More

Padilla Retroactive in Wa. State: In re Tsai
Posted on 7 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Because Padilla did not announce a new rule under Washington law, it applies retroactively to matters on collateral review under Teague." - In re Tsai, May 7, 2015 . Read More

Wa. Ethics Rule Bars Mention of Immigration Status for Coercive Purpose in Civil Cases
Posted on 19 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mentioning an individual's immigration status in court might not seem all that intimidating to a U.S. citizen. But it can deter someone who is undocumented from pursuing a civil claim, or improperly influence a jury, the Washington Supreme Court... Read More