Immigration Law

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City of Albuquerque, State of New Mexico Sue Trump Administration over Immigration Policies
Posted on 12 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gov. Lujan Grisham, June 10, 2019 "Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced her office, on behalf of the state of New Mexico, is suing the U.S. government in an effort to halt the Trump administration’s indiscriminate practice of releasing... Read More

Armed Right-Wing Vigilantes Detain Migrants at Gunpoint in New Mexico
Posted on 19 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angela Kocherga, Albuquerque Journal, Apr. 19, 2019 "The ACLU of New Mexico is calling for the governor and attorney general to investigate an “armed vigilante group currently engaged in unlawful detention of hundreds of migrants” on... Read More

News Excerpts From the Feb. 15, 2012, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 9 Feb 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Arizona Must Issue Drivers’ Licenses to DACA Recipients | On January 22, 2015, District Judge David G. Campbell permanently enjoined Arizona from refusing to issue drivers’ licenses to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood... Read More

Report: Systematic Violation Of Immigrants’ Right To Counsel at Remote Immigration Jail
Posted on 4 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NIJC, Nov. 29, 2017 - "This report focuses on the Cibola County Correctional Center, a prison complex in rural New Mexico owned and operated by the private prison giant CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America)1 with the capacity to... Read More

DHS Waives Laws to Build Roads, Barriers on Border Near El Paso
Posted on 22 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious... Read More

Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 27 Aug 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Begins In mid-June, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who came to the United States as children and who meet certain key guidelines might be eligible, on a case... Read More

N.M. Court Tosses Old Pot Conviction Due To Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The order was short, but for Martin Ramirez, very sweet. After years of litigation that took his case to the New Mexico Supreme Court, the misdemeanor convictions he acquired over a decade ago – and which made his efforts to become a legal... Read More

D.N.M. on Habeas, Court-Stripping, Suspension Claus, Expedited Removal, Artesia: M.S.P.C v. CBP
Posted on 23 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he plain language of Section 1252 strips this Court of jurisdiction to consider Petitioner’s claims. ... This Court recognizes the harsh consequences that this statutory scheme places on aliens who may receive an erroneous negative fear... Read More

Posted on 25 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In an important decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court held that Padilla v. Kentucky , 559 U.S. 356 (2010), applies retroactively to 1990. Ramirez v. State , No. 33,604, slip op. (N.M. June 19, 2014). The court’s decision departs from the... Read More

New Mexico Supreme Court on Chaidez: Ramirez v. State
Posted on 20 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In State v. Paredez, 2004-NMSC-036, ¶ 19, 136 N.M. 533, 101 P.3d 799, we held that a criminal defense attorney who represents a noncitizen client “must advise that client of the specific immigration consequences of pleading guilty”... Read More

New Mexico Court of Appeals on Padilla Retroactivity: State v. Ramirez
Posted on 31 Jul 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Martin Ramirez, a/k/a Richard Sanchez, (Petitioner) appeals the district court's denial of his writ of coram nobis, which sought to vacate Petitioner's twelve-year-old conviction due to ineffective assistance of counsel under State v. Paredez... Read More

CBP to Extend Range of BCC 'Laser Visas' in New Mexico to 55 Miles
Posted on 7 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection submitted to the Federal Register today a final rule that will extend the border zone up to 55 miles, from the current 25 mile restriction, for Border Crossing Card (BCC) holders crossing from Mexico into the state... Read More

Native Americans jump on anti-immigrant bandwagon
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Tenants of the Tesuque Trailer Village will have to pay $126.50 more per month to rent their mobile-home spaces — and show proof that everyone in the household is living in the U.S legally. The pueblo notified residents in a letter dated... Read More

ICE Starts School for Kids Locked Up at Artesia
Posted on 15 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In order to try to avoid Hutto-like litigation , ICE is attempting to comply with New Mexico state law by giving classes to kids locked up at Artesia. Read More

Immigration advocates to fight NM license-law repeal effort
Posted on 16 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Days before the state Legislature convenes, opponents of Gov. Susana Martinez's effort to halt issuance of New Mexico driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants gathered Saturday at a Roman Catholic church in Santa Fe to share information... Read More