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Immigration Law

Supreme Court News (Tuesday, January 17, 2017) - Updated

Today, January 17, 2017, the SCOTUS hears oral argument in Lynch v. Dimaya, a case with "potentially far-reaching constitutional implications," according to Prof. Kevin Johnson.  Here's a link to the transcript.

Last Friday, January 13, 2017, the SCOTUS granted certiorari in Maslenjak v. United States.  The Sixth Circuit describes the case as follows: "Divna Maslenjak appeals her conviction for knowingly procuring her naturalization contrary to law in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1425(a).  Maslenjak, an ethnic Serb and native of Bosnia, came to the United States in 2000 as a refugee fleeing the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.  Maslenjak claimed she and her family feared persecution in Bosnia because her husband had evaded conscription into the Serbian army during the war.  In fact, Maslenjak’s husband had not only been in the Serbian militia during the war but had served as an officer in a unit implicated in war crimes.  Maslenjak was granted refugee status and ultimately obtained her naturalization.  Based on her misrepresentations during the immigration process, a jury found Maslenjak guilty of knowingly procuring her naturalization contrary to law in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1425(a) and of knowingly using an unlawfully issued certificate of naturalization in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1423." - Prof. Kevin Johnson

[Continuing thanks to Prof. Kevin R. Johnson, Dean and Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair, Univ. of California, Davis, School of Law, for his leadership and scholarship in immigration law and policy.]