I-9 bust at Mich. dairy farm leads to probation for owners, almost $3M in fines

"The owners of Aquila Farms, LLC, were sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay fines totaling $234,000 for hiring [unauthorized] aliens and aiding and abetting each other to do so. The convictions were the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and...

DREAMERS Challenge Michigan’s Policy Denying Driver Licenses: Lawsuit Filed

"Three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth whom the federal government has allowed to stay and work in the country. Plaintiff...

Michigan Will Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees

"The Michigan Department of State – in light of a recent reversal by federal officials on whether Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants are lawfully present – is now required to issue those participants driver’s license and identification cards, the department announced...

Excerpts from the March 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court: Padilla Did Not Create New Rule: No Retroactive Application to Cases on Collateral Review On February 20, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Chaidez v. United States. The majority of the Court held that the decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356, is not retroactive for...

Immigrant Detained on Purpose to Learn Stories

"Claudia Muñoz Castellano knew the risk she was taking as an undocumented immigrant when she tried to cross the U.S.-Canadian border last month at a checkpoint on the Ambassador Bridge. That's because being caught was part of her plan. Muñoz Castellano, 28, who lives near Houston...

Matter of V-X-, 26 I&N Dec. 147 (BIA 2013)

(1) A grant of asylum is not an “admission” to the United States under section 101(a)(13)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(13)(A) (2006). (2) When termination of an alien’s asylum status occurs in conjunction with removal proceedings pursuant to...

Tuition Equality Victory in Michigan

"The University of Michigan on Thursday decided to let immigrants living in the country illegally pay lower, in-state tuition, a victory for activists who said one of the nation’s most prestigious schools is financially out of a reach for high school graduates living in the state without legal...

Easing the Guidance Document Dilemma Agency by Agency: Immigration Law and Not Really Binding Rules

"Immigration law relies on rules that bind effectively, but not legally, to adjudicate millions of applications for immigration benefits every year. This article provides a blueprint for immigration law to improve its use of these practically binding rules, often called guidance documents. The agency...

CA6 on Binding Concession by Attorney, CIMT: Hanna v. Holder

"[W]e grant Hanna’s petition for review, reverse the BIA’s holding that Hanna’s admission is binding, and relieve Hanna of his attorney’s concession of removability. Because the BIA’s determination that Hanna is removable is predicated on this concession, we reverse...

Michigan Governor Seeks Visas to Lure Skilled Immigrants to Detroit

"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for highly skilled immigrants willing to live and work in the bankrupt city of Detroit for five years. "Let's send a message to the entire world: Detroit, Michigan, is open to the world...

MALDEF SUES MICHIGAN COMPANIES FOR IMMIGRATION FRAUD AND LABOR VIOLATIONS

"MALDEF filed suit in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan against Systems USA Inc. and Systems USA Consulting LLC for violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and...

Americans Sue Feds Over Watchlisting: Kadura v. Holder

"Relying in part on recent Intercept reporting on the vast breadth of the government’s watchlisting system, several Muslim Americans filed a complaint in a Michigan federal court today , arguing that they have been wrongly ensnared in an unaccountable system without any opportunity to defend...