Immigration Law

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How the Trump White House misled the world about its family separation policy: Terry Gross, Fresh Air
Posted on 12 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Terry Gross, Fresh Air, Aug. 11, 2022 " The Atlantic 's Caitlin Dickerson spent 18 months filing lawsuits for documents to put together the story of the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the border. "The... Read More

DOJ OIG Report Slams Sessions, Zero Tolerance
Posted on 14 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ OIG, Jan. 2021 - Review of the Department of Justice’s Planning and Implementation of Its Zero Tolerance Policy and Its Coordination with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services Read More

HHS OIG Documents Family Separation SNAFU
Posted on 12 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Mar. 5, 2020 "Interagency communication failures and poor internal management decisions impeded the ability of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide prompt and appropriate care for separated children following... Read More

OIG Report: DHS Lacked Technology Needed to Successfully Account for Separated Migrant Families
Posted on 27 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS OIG, Nov. 25, 2019 "DHS did not have the information technology (IT) system functionality needed to track separated migrant families during the execution of the Zero Tolerance Policy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) adopted various... Read More

‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy Surprised Agencies, GAO Report Finds
Posted on 24 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ron Nixon, New York Times, Oct. 24. 2018 - "The Trump administration did not tell key government agencies about its “zero tolerance” immigration policy before publicly announcing it in April, leaving the officials responsible for carrying... Read More

AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption
Posted on 10 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2018 - "Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and... Read More

Zero Tolerance Lives On - Julia Preston
Posted on 17 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project, Sept. 14, 2018 - "... At an office in McAllen that buzzes 24 hours a day, Border Patrol agents and lawyers labor through the night churning out stacks of documents to charge dozens of migrants, who often are taken... Read More

Fact Sheet on Family Separation for Asylum seekers - CLINIC
Posted on 10 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CLINIC, Aug. 9, 2018 - "In April 2018, the Trump Administration began a “Zero Tolerance” policy that led to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) separating asylum-seeking parents from their children. This policy affected both families... Read More

Trump Executive Order Keeps Families Together...Behind Bars
Posted on 21 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, June 20, 2018 - "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq ., it is hereby ordered as follows... Read More

Expert: Family Separation at Border Unlikely to Deter Central American Asylum Seekers
Posted on 20 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tana Ganeva, Raw Story, June 19, 2018 - "Immigration experts point out that in addition to being inhumane, the policy is not likely to be effective because unlike Homan’s contention that the parents are choosing poorly, many don’t have... Read More

Kids in Cages, Laura Bush Pushes Back, and S.3036
Posted on 18 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Begin your Monday, June 18, 2018 with these three stories: 1) "Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside." 2) "I appreciate the need... Read More

Court Orders Reunification of Families Separated at Border, Certifies Nationwide Class (Ms. L. v. ICE)
Posted on 27 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR CLASSWIDE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION - "Unless there is a determination that the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child, or the parent affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily declines to be reunited... Read More

Where Family Separation Began: A Case in El Paso Shows Flores is the Solution, Not the Problem
Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Katherine Hawkins, Just Security, June 22, 2018 - " ... The Trump administration has denounced Flores as a “loophole,” and demanded that Congress override it so that it can start detaining families for longer periods of time. The executive... Read More

A Former U.S. Attorney Speaks on 'Zero Tolerance'
Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Barbara McQuade, June 22, 2018 - "Prosecutors accept the fact that they must decline to prosecute some cases so that they can devote resources to more important cases instead. But with zero tolerance for illegal entry misdemeanors, many other crimes... Read More

Sessions Sets 'Zero Tolerance' Policy for Illegal Entry Prosecutions on Southern Border
Posted on 6 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Apr. 6, 2018 - "Attorney General Jeff Sessions today notified all U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the Southwest Border of a new “zero-tolerance policy” for offenses under 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), which prohibits both attempted... Read More