"These days everyone, no matter her political stripe, apparently despises U.S. immigration law. It's either too enforcement-heavy or too soft; too cruel or too generous to immigrants. But can we pause for a moment to talk about another, very basic problem? Immigration law is almost impossible to master. It is a messy patchwork of compromises stitched together over decades; a shotgun wedding of often incompatible provisions. Whatever metaphor you pick, the reality remains: the Immigration and Nationality Act is complex, counter-intuitive, and just plain confusing. Justice Samuel Alito is apparently as perplexed as the rest of us. In his 2010 concurrence in the Supreme Court decision Padilla v. Kentucky, Alito described a passage in a well-known immigration text as "dizzying." Dizzying indeed. Even our nation's most qualified, brilliant jurists often trip over immigration provisions." - Laura Murray-Tjan, Feb. 12, 2014.