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CA5 Vacates Flores-Abarca
Posted on 19 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores-Abarca v. Barr "[W]e hold that the Oklahoma misdemeanor of transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle is not one of the firearms offenses listed under 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(C). Accordingly, this conviction does not disqualify... Read More

DOL to Crack Down on H-2A Violators in Oklahoma; Watermelon Growers First Target
Posted on 12 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Agriculture plays a significant role in Oklahoma's economy, with nearly 80,000 farms contributing to the state's production and providing jobs for thousands of workers. Farmworkers play an essential role in producing our nation's food... Read More

Kids in Oklahoma Qualify for DACA
Posted on 5 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Doug Stump, Tepe's lawyer, said that after Obama's announcement he quickly sent Angel and Gabriela's information to immigration officials in Washington, and was informed just two days before the Tepes were required to leave that their... Read More

Tags: daca , Oklahoma , stump

Immigration Influx Divides Small Oklahoma Town
Posted on 29 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"HEAVENER, OK: Atop Poteau Mountain, cloaked by white oak, black locust and other towering trees, sits the mysterious runestone. Ever since its discovery in 1874, experts have passionately debated whether the runic carvings on the stone were actually... Read More

An American Life, Lived in Shadows
Posted on 9 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Oklahoma’s restrictions did not reduce Oklahoma’s [unauthorized] immigrant population, census figures show. While some families fled, others came and tens of thousands more — like Ignacio and his family, who requested that only... Read More

Change Comes to the OK Panhandle
Posted on 26 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It’s a weekday morning, and downtown Guymon is bustling. Guatemalans walk into a clothing store, passing a small group of Mexicans chatting on the sidewalk. Across the street, a man of Kenyan descent walks along the curb. Above it all, the... Read More

A Doctor's Visa is Cancelled, Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Mystified
Posted on 18 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Doctor from Pakistan stuck behind red tape on his way to working at the Oklahoma City VA. Dr. Khaleeq Siddiqui was just weeks from completing his residency training and accepting a position at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center when his visa was... Read More

Keeping the Dream Alive: Undocumented Students Eye Uncertain Future, as Federal Reform Stalls
Posted on 29 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

OKLAHOMA CITY: "Marcos dreams of being an architect. Maria wants to be a child psychologist and a teacher. Julia isn’t sure what type of career she would pursue, but she loves writing and has already written a play. The three are high-school... Read More

On Mother's Day: Reunited After 18 Years!
Posted on 12 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Chinh Doan and her mother, Tu Tran, were reunited this week in Oklahoma City after 18 years living half a world apart." - NewOK, May 11, 2012 . Read More

How Padilla and prosecutorial discretion are playing out on the ground
Posted on 25 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Tulsa World has published two stories by reporter Ginnie Graham ( here and here ) detailing how Padilla v. Kentucky and prosecutorial discretion are playing out in Oklahoma courts. Read More

Unpub. BIA GMC, Discretion Victory in OKC VAWA Cancellation Case
Posted on 17 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[A]lthough the respondent's ability to leave the abusive relationship and the length of time she has been out of the relationship weigh against a favorable exercise of discretion in this case, we ultimately conclude that this and the other negative... Read More

BIA on 'Firearms Offense' - Matter of Flores-Abarca, 26 I&N Dec. 922 (BIA 2017)
Posted on 3 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Flores-Abarca, 26 I&N Dec. 922 (BIA 2017) - The crime of transporting a loaded firearm in violation of title 21, section 1289.13 of the Oklahoma Statutes is categorically a firearms offense under section 237(a)(2)(C) of the Immigration and... Read More

Unpub. BIA Descamps Victory in Oklahoma
Posted on 11 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The respondent was convicted of domestic abuse - assault and battery under Oklahoma Statute 21, section 644C. which requires assault and battery against certain types of victims. In Steele v. Oklahoma, 778 P.2d 929 (1989), the Oklahoma Criminal... Read More