Immigration Law

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BIA on Tenn. Statutory Rape: Matter of Aguilar-Barajas
Posted on 30 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Aguilar-Barajas, 28 I&N Dec. 354 (BIA 2021) (1) The offense of aggravated statutory rape under section 39-13-506(c) of the Tennessee Code Annotated is categorically a “crime of child abuse” within the meaning of section 237... Read More

ICE Arrests Racially-Profiled American Citizen During Tenn. Worksite Raid
Posted on 11 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, June 11, 2018 - "One morning in April, federal immigration agents swept into a meatpacking plant in this northeastern Tennessee manufacturing town, launching one of the biggest workplace raids since President Trump... Read More

Tags: raid , Tennessee , ICE

Conservative Tennesseans Rally in Support of Immigrant Neighbors, Co-Workers Arrested by ICE
Posted on 9 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jodi Jacobson, Rewire News, Apr. 8, 2018 - "Tennessee may be a conservative state, but the sudden arrests of 97 long-time immigrant residents and workers have galvanized the people of Hamblen County to come to the aid of their neighbors, suggesting... Read More

Tags: hamblen , raid , Tennessee , Trump , ICE

Federal Judge Excludes ICE Agents from Deposition Room for Testimony Regarding Immigration Information in Civil Rights Case
Posted on 19 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrew Free writes - "See ... today's decision from Judge John S. Bryant, a Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Tennessee. The Court previously granted Plaintiffs' motion for a protective order regarding their immigration status and... Read More

Unpub. BIA on Tenn. Burglary: Matter of Lloyd
Posted on 14 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ben Winograd writes: "In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) terminated proceedings upon finding aggravated burglary under Tenn. Code Ann. 39-14-403 is not an aggravated felony under INA 101(a)(43)(G). The Board noted... Read More

The Immigration Consequences of Expunged Convictions: Rodriguez v. Tenn.
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The petitioner, a Mexican citizen, entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge of patronizing prostitution and was granted judicial diversion. After successfully completing his diversion, the petitioner’s criminal record was expunged.... Read More

Tenn. jail immigration policy made in secret, lawsuit says
Posted on 30 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A lawsuit in Nashville is seeking to stop jailers across Tennessee from enforcing a state law that requires them to investigate the immigration status of any person who comes into a county or municipal detention facility. Public Chapter No... Read More

'Notarios' Defraud Tennessee Hispanics
Posted on 25 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The fact that some portions of Tennessee’s immigration population do not have local roots as deep as in other parts of the country might make the lack of reporting to state officials here worse. There are just fewer people around who can issue... Read More

Tennessee Drops DACA Threat, Urges Legislative Fix
Posted on 3 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Weigel, Washington Post, Sept. 1, 2017 - "Tennessee, one of 10 states whose attorneys general had sued to stop the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, pulled out of the lawsuit Friday — a victory for immigration... Read More

TN police board scraps jail immigration screenings
Posted on 16 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Jailers will no longer interview suspects about their birthplace and citizenship after a state commission, facing pressure from a lawsuit, scrapped immigration rules just two weeks into their implementation. The Tennessee Peace Officer Standards... Read More

Federal lawsuit: Tenn. county judge acts as ICE cop
Posted on 29 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Nashville immigration attorney Elliott Ozment’s crusade against state officials who attempt to enforce federal immigration law continued this week with the filing of a federal lawsuit against Maury County government and General Sessions... Read More

Combating UPIL in Tennessee
Posted on 17 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Over the past decade, this office has brought a plethora of actions targeting the unauthorized practice of law by not only notarios, but also independent “paralegals”, document preparation companies, attorneys who have lost their license... Read More

Tags: upil , doty , Tennessee

Tenn. Judge Orders Refunds for Fraudulent Immigration Services
Posted on 25 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"For 17 years, Martha Salazar operated a dubious business in South Nashville where thousands of Hispanics would have immigration papers and other legal documents prepared — despite her lack of credentials. A state judge this week ordered that... Read More

ICE Sued For Alleged Warrantless Raid In TN: ‘We’re ICE…The Warrant Is Coming Out Of My Balls’
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Tennessee chapter of the ACLU is suing Immigration and Customs Enforcement over an alleged warrantless raid on an apartment complex housing people suspected of being illegal immigrants, during which an officer reportedly said “we... Read More