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Immigration Law

Immigration Law: Raise Your Hand If You Understand It

"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.