Mexican immigrant with NYC law degree is in limbo

"A Mexican immigrant who passed the New York bar exam last year cannot work as a lawyer because he was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child, and his situation could soon become part of a national debate. Cesar Vargas was 5 years old when he arrived from Puebla, Mexico, with his mother...

Ruben Navarrette: My Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas

"It may be an occupational hazard, but Vargas never stops asking questions. "People focus so much on the fact that I don't have my papers, and they never ask 'the why' and 'the how.' Why is this happening? How is this happening? As a journalist, that's what I'm...

Language Wars: Univision vs. New York Times

"Jose Antonio Vargas may have reenergized the debate over whether to use the term “illegal immigrant,” but Univision’s taking it to a whole new level. The nation's top-rated Spanish-language broadcast network took The New York Times to task last week in a series of articles...

My Family's Papers

"Exactly how these “mixed-status” families will be included in any type of immigration reform is still up for debate. Nevertheless, they are a byproduct of our broken and byzantine immigration system. Consider my story: My grandparents emigrated legally from the Philippines after my...

Bar Exam Passed, Immigrant Still Can’t Practice Law

"Cesar Vargas seemed to have checked all the right boxes in his quest to become a lawyer in New York State. He made honors at both college and law school in New York City, his home since coming to the United States from Mexico at age 5. He interned with a State Supreme Court judge, a Brooklyn district...

Jose Antonio 'Define American' Vargas Detained at Texas Airport

"Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant and prominent immigration activist, was detained at an airport in McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday as he was passing through a security checkpoint, rights groups said. Airport officials in the border city could not confirm...

Practice Advisory: Matter of Chairez-Castrejon

"On July 24, the Board of Immigration Appeals (“Board” or “BIA”) issued a decision in which it applied last year’s Supreme Court’s decisions in Moncrieffe v. Holder and Descamps v. United States to modify and/or clarify the Board’s views on proper application...

Why I Turned Myself In to DHS - Jose Antonio Vargas

"I could easily have been deported this summer. But I'm just one of 11 million." - Jose Antonio Vargas, Sept. 8, 2014 .

CA9 on Evidence, CIMT: Vargas Cervantes v. Holder (upholding Rotimi)

"We hold that although the BIA correctly determined that Vargas’s conviction under California Penal Code § 422 was for a CIMT and that Vargas is ineligible for an extreme hardship waiver, the BIA erred in concluding that Vargas’s conviction under California Penal Code § 273...