Immigration Law

Recent Posts

What It's Like To Be An Immigration Lawyer In The Trump Era
Posted on 25 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Murray-Tjan, Oct. 24, 2018 - "I was at my favorite restaurant on Cape Cod, eating dinner alone at the sushi bar when the young chef, who was torching the sheets of seaweed he held in his bare hand, asked me — an immigration lawyer —... Read More

Immigration Law: Raise Your Hand If You Understand It
Posted on 13 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"These days everyone, no matter her political stripe, apparently despises U.S. immigration law. It's either too enforcement-heavy or too soft; too cruel or too generous to immigrants. But can we pause for a moment to talk about another, very... Read More

Citizenship Games: Prof. Laura Murray-Tjan
Posted on 16 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It is ... troubling that government attorneys find it appropriate to interpret citizenship statutes differently depending on what reading would lead to a denial of citizenship -- and ultimately deportation. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth... Read More

A Tale of Two Typos
Posted on 9 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As members of Congress struggle to reconcile their opposing views on immigration reform, rapid-firing amendments and counter-amendments across the aisle, we all should remember the successes and failures of our last immigration law overhaul in 1996... Read More

How the Supreme Court Got Cuellar de Osorio Wrong: Laura Murray-Tjan
Posted on 26 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" Back in February, I wrote about the complexity of immigration law, and described how a federal court conflated immigration provisions in an important case . Now it turns out that immigration law stumps even the Supreme Court. The Court's recent... Read More

DHS: Arizona Solicitation Statute Not Divisible, Not a CIMT
Posted on 27 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Murray-Tjan writes: "I appealed pretermission of a non-LPR cancellation of removal claim to the Ninth Circuit, arguing that (1) the client's Arizona solicitation conviction can't be a CIMT ground of inadmissibility, as the agency had... Read More

Refugee Status is a 'Special' Special Circumstance re Withdrawal of Guilty Plea: Commonwealth v. Lavrinenko
Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The issue on appeal is whether a noncitizen defendant, admitted into the United States as a refugee, is entitled to withdraw his guilty plea to a complaint charging assault by means of a dangerous weapon, where his attorney did not make a reasonable... Read More

Reflections on Watson v. Holder: The Dog That Didn’t Bark
Posted on 22 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Reflections on Watson v. Holder: The Dog That Didn’t Bark , By Laura Murray-Tjan, October 22, 2012: "The Second Circuit’s 2011 remand in Watson v. Holder , now pending before the Board of Immigration Appeals (the “Board”)... Read More