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Tag Archives: immigration court decisions

Refugee Wars

I drove along I-35 South from San Antonio to Dilley, TX, to spend a week with 30 other volunteers, advising intending refugees from Central America how to navigate the U.S. asylum system. We were headed to the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC), the largest immigrant detention center in the United States. Over the next […]

How You Can Support the Fight Against Family Detention and Family Separation

Dear clients and friends: Many have asked me what they can do about the current crisis and national horror, family separation. Here are the legal organizations I am supporting in this fight: American Immigration Council The American Immigration Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our […]

DHS Ends Discriminatory Post-9/11 Registration and Tracking Program for Muslim Males in the U.S.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially ended a Bush-era registry created after 9/11 to track men from predominantly Muslim countries who were not U.S. citizens. The registry, known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), was shown to be ineffective and had not been used for years.  Nonetheless, the NSEERS structure remained […]

Split Supreme Court Decision Blocks President Obama’s Immigration Plan

In a one-sentence 4-4 split decision on June 24, 2016, U.S. v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings that block the Obama administration’s plan, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), to allow approximately 4 million parents of U.S. citizen children to remain in the United States and obtain […]

Federal Prosecutors Drop Criminal Case Based on Evidence Seized from Laptop

Federal prosecutors have dropped a criminal case against Jae Shik Kim, a Korean businessman, who was charged with violating economic sanctions based on evidence seized from his laptop. On August 11, 2015, prosecutors told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that they would not pursue the criminal case or challenge an order […]

STEM OPT Work Permits at Risk

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently struck down a rule, enacted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in April 2008 extending, for eligible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students, the duration of optional practical training (OPT) by 17 months. However, the court stayed that action until February 12, 2016, […]

Supreme Court Finds Possession of a Sock was not a Deportable Offense

Minor criminal convictions have had devastating immigration consequences for many immigrants in recent years. The Obama administration continues to deport hundreds of thousands of people per year, purportedly prioritizing the removal of high-risk criminal offenders. But in a recent case, Mellouli v. Lynch, the defendant had a Master’s degrees in applied mathematics and economics, but was […]

H-1B Employers Beware – Amendment Might Be Required When Work Address Changes

H-1B Employers and Employees:  Your immigration attorney has been saying to you for years, “inform me of any change in the employee’s work location – if you change it, then we need to file an H-1B amendment application.” Now in a precedent decision, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office has revoked an H-1B approval, finding a […]

Deportation is Not Automatic for All Crimes

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in the case of Moncrieffe V. Holder, that foreign nations cannot be deported for all crimes, but only for serious ones. The case involved a Jamaican citizen who had been in the U.S. legally for many years, but was convicted in Georgia of “possession with intent to […]

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