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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Oct. 12th in Immigration Case Involving Question of Whether LPR is Eligible for 212(c) Waiver

SCOTUS is hearing oral arguments in immigration case out of the Ninth Circuit in Judulang v. Holder, Docket No.: 10-694, on issue of whether Lawful Permanent Resident who plead guilty to manslaughter in 1989, was eligible for INA § 212(c) waiver relief.

In reading the memorandum from the Ninth Circuit, the primary claim for relief by the...

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Another Win - Maybe a Shifting Tide on the Deportation Front

Our office took on the case of an alien who had been ordered deported many years ago. She was unaware of this fact because she came with her parents as a small child and her parents filed an asylum application with her as a rider, or derivative asylee, and their case had finished with a final order of deportation.

She went to public schools, had...

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Gripping Narrative of One Individual Deportee - In His Own Words

I just ran across this story today on Huffingtonpost and thought I should rebroadcast the story because it is a firsthand account of what happens and what it feels like to be picked up and put through the ringer by ICE.

The Story Of A Young Artist's Deportation: "In The Land That Saw My Birth, But Is No Longer My Own."

by Dani Zamora, Artist and...

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Syracuse University Report on Asylum Rates of Indiviudal Immigration Judges

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University released information about the asylum decisions of 233 individual judges in the nation's special Immigration Courts. This report is available in an updated application developed by TRAC their website.

What is interesting to note, the overall denial rate of all asylum...

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President Obama Announces New Priorities for DHS and Deportation

In a Press Release, the White House announced that they would be changing the priorities of DHS to no longer actively seek the deportation of noncriminal aliens, with the announcement that it would halt potentially thousands of cases in federal immigration court if they do not involve criminals or people with flagrant immigration violations.

Homela...

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General Zapata's Grandson is an Undocumented Alien Working as a Busboy in Texas

Amazing story on the wire today about the heroic Mexican Martyr, General Emiliano Zapata's grandson who has been working for the last 10-years as an undocumented illegal alien busboy in Dallas, Texas.

General Zapta is still revered to this day around the world for the ideals and principles he brought to the Mexican revolution, and for his...

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Ninth Circuit Overrules Lujan Exception

Last week, in an en banc decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overrruled the court's previous decision in Lujan-Armendariz v. INS, 222 F.3d 728 (9th Cir. 2000) in extending the same equal protection afforded citizens under the Federal First Offender's Act (FFOA) to non-citizens when considering the immigration consequences of a simple...

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U.S. Department of Labor - Administrative Law Judge Rules in Our Client's Favor and Awards $160,000 in Back Pay

Major win in one of our office's cases involving back pay for an H1-B non-immigrant foreign national employee. Our office filed an U.S. Department of Labor complaint, which was initially denied after the Sacramento Field Office Investigator, Sheila Creel, found no violation of federal immigration law. We appealed the decision to the DOL Office of...

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Hearing Before OALJ - DOL

Last Thursday, I represented the Prosecuting Party in a claim for an H1-B employment violation. Our office represented the foreign national who was the beneficiary of an I-129 petition for non-immigrant worker, status as an H1-B skilled professional.

The petition was approved for three years. However, before the employee's status as an H1-B...

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Kurt Miller, Esq. Asylum Fraud Case - Seeking INA § 212(i) Waiver

Our office took on the representation of a former Kurt Miller, Esq. client. The client had obtained asylee status sometime in 2000. Later the client married a USC and the couple has a child together.

When the spouse filed an I-130 petition, USCIS sat on the application and did not reach a decision for approximately 4 years. After being summoned to...

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First Crack in Federal Immigration Bar to Same-Sex Partner Benefits

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. vacated and remanded the Board of Immigration Appeals precedent decision barring any immigration benefits to same-sex partners. The decision is called Matter of Dorman 25 I&N Dec. 485 (A.G. 2011).

In this decision, the AG has remanded the decision back to the BIA for additional findings on the question of...

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Ninth Circuit Over Turns BIA Post-Departure Bar Rule in 8 CFR § 1003.2(d)

In a published decision, post on April 7, 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the Board of Immigration Appeals Post-Departure Bar Rule, in 8 C.F.R. § 1003.2(d), which the BIA has consistently held to strip them of jurisdiction to an alien's Motion to Reopen or Reconsider once the alien has been physically removed from the U.S.

What...

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