Immigration Law

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Supreme Court Opinion Analysis: Crime-Based Removal Provision is Unconstitutionally Vague - Prof. Kevin Johnson
Posted on 18 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Kevin Johnson, Apr. 17, 2018 - "In the last few years, the Supreme Court has decided a steady number of criminal-removal cases. In light of the Trump administration’s emphasis on the removal of “criminal aliens,” we will likely... Read More

S.C. Mellouli v. Holder Oral Argument Recap - Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Posted on 16 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[On Jan. 14, 2015] the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Mellouli v. Holder , a challenge to the removal of Moones Mellouli, a lawful permanent resident from Tunisia, based on a Kansas misdemeanor drug paraphernalia conviction for possession... Read More

Supreme Court Oral Argument Previews: Mellouli v. Holder
Posted on 13 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

REVISIONIST HISTORY: THE GOVERNMENT’S LATEST ATTEMPT TO IGNORE THE CATEGORICAL APPROACH IN MELLOULI V. HOLDER - By Alina Das RETHINKING REMOVABILITY FOR POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (AKA A SOCK) - By Jennifer Lee Koh DRAWING OUTSIDE THE... Read More

Supreme Court News (Tuesday, January 17, 2017) - Updated
Posted on 17 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Dean Kevin R. Johnson on the 2011 Term Supreme Court Immigration Cases (sans Arizona)
Posted on 24 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dean Kevin R. Johnson , Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law, and Professor of Chicana/o Studies at the UC Davis School of Law has summarized the four immigration cases decided so far in the 2011 Term by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read More

The Arizona Disconnect
Posted on 30 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It should be readily apparent that there is a serious disconnect between the public debate over Arizona's SB 1070, as well as similar state immigration enforcement laws, and the legal arguments in the Court. This is not entirely surprising... Read More

SCOTUS Argument Preview: The Constitutionality of Immigrant Detention - Kevin Johnson
Posted on 29 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kevin Johnson, Nov. 23, 2016 - "In recent years, the U.S government has aggressively used detention of immigrants as a tool for enforcing the immigration laws. Immigration detention became national news in 2014 when the Obama administration detained... Read More

Oral Argument Recapitulation: Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio
Posted on 12 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]he Court heard oral arguments in Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio , a case raising a technical issue of statutory construction of the complex U.S. immigration laws. The specific question presented by the case is whether a provision of the Immigration... Read More

S.C. Oral Argument Analysis: Immigrant Detention and the Constitution - Jennings v. Rodriguez
Posted on 2 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kevin Johnson, Dec. 1, 2016 - "[T] he justices appeared deeply divided during oral argument in Jennings v. Rodriguez . This class-action challenge to immigration detentions raises questions about whether immigrants, like virtually any U.S. citizen... Read More

Chaidez Oral Argument Recap by Dean Kevin Johnson
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The argument was a lawyerly-like exercise in appellate advocacy, with the Justices skillfully probing the legal arguments concerning a collateral attack on a criminal conviction, as well as the policies implicated by the retroactive application... Read More

Analysis of Lynch v. Dimaya Oral Argument: Prof. Kevin R. Johnson
Posted on 20 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Kevin R. Johnson, Jan. 18, 2017 - "[On January 17, 2017,] the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lynch v. Dimaya , a criminal-removal case. The court has taken up several of these in recent years, including Esquivel-Quintana v. Lynch , which... Read More

Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview: Jennings v. Rodriguez
Posted on 26 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Kevin Johnson, Sept. 26, 2017 - "Detention as a tool of immigration enforcement has increased dramatically following immigration reforms enacted in 1996. Two Supreme Court cases at the dawn of the new millennium offered contrasting approaches... Read More

Supreme Court Oral Argument Recap: Judulang v. Holder
Posted on 18 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The following argument recap is written by Kevin R. Johnson, Dean of the UC Davis School of Law and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies. He is one of the editors of the ImmigrationProf Blog . "On October 12, the... Read More

Mellouli v. Holder Oral Argument Preview: Prof. Kevin R. Johnson
Posted on 5 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On January 14, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Mellouli v. Holder, one of several recent cases in which the Court has scrutinized the federal government’s efforts to remove a lawful permanent resident from the United States based... Read More

Mellouli Update - Kevin Johnson
Posted on 18 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The “sock removal” case continues: Mellouli v. Lynch and compliance with the Court’s mandate "Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court provided Moones Mellouli, a lawful permanent resident who had been ordered removed from the United... Read More