Immigration Law

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Biden’s Pardons: The First Drops in a Big Bucket of Criminal Reform
Posted on 17 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Stacy Caplow, Oct. 17, 2022 "President Biden pardoned thousands of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who committed or were convicted in federal courts of simple marijuana possession since 1992, and even earlier if those... Read More

DOS on Pardons From Connecticut State Board of Pardons and Paroles
Posted on 16 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 12, 2022 Treatment of Full and Unconditional Pardons From the Connecticut State Board of Pardons and Paroles under 22 C.F.R. § 40.21(a)(5) and 22 C.F.R. § 40.22(c) Last Updated: August 12, 2022 "The... Read More

CA1 on Pardons: Thompson v. Barr
Posted on 22 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Thompson v. Barr "Petitioner Richard Marvin Thompson ("Thompson") appeals the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA") denial of his motion to reopen sua sponte his immigration proceedings, alleging that the BIA committed a... Read More

Colo. Gov. Polis Pardons Woman in Sanctuary
Posted on 24 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Dec. 23, 2019 Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order C 2019 007 , granting a full and unconditional pardon to Ingrid LaTorre, a woman from Peru who has spent years living in sanctuary to try to avoid deportation. The effect of the pardon... Read More

Unpub. BIA Pardon Victory in Alabama, Louisiana
Posted on 17 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hats off to my associate, Samantha Hechtman , who writes: "Respondent is a native and citizen of Antigua Barbuda. He entered the United States as a lawful permanent resident on January 30, 1988. Respondent was detained by ICE on November 14, 2016... Read More

Unpub. BIA Pardon Remand Victory, Alabama (Jan. 29, 2018)
Posted on 12 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of X-, Jan. 29, 2018, unpub . - "The Board entered the final administrative decision on July 19, 2017, dismissing the lawful permanent resident respondent's appeal of the Immigration Judge's decision pretermitting his cancellation... Read More

Governors! Seize the Law: A Call to Expand the Use of Pardons to Provide Relief from Deportation
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An obscure provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA") allows an immigrant convicted of a wide range of crimes that are grounds for deportation to avoid this fate if pardoned by a chief executive. In the current era of expansion... Read More

Will POTUS Pardon Immigrants?
Posted on 16 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Peter L. Markowitz writes: "I wanted to draw your attention to a piece posted today [Jan. 16, 2017] on the Huffington Post by Prof. Stephen Legomsky urging President Obama to use his last few days in office to issue a categorical pardon protecting... Read More

Tags: Obama , legomsky , pardon , potus

House Members Call on Obama to Pardon Dreamers
Posted on 18 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), Nov. 17, 2016 - "Today, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) joined Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) in releasing a letter they wrote to President Obama asking him to use his pardon authority... Read More

Obama Pardons Hawaii Woman in Immigration Case
Posted on 2 Mar 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"One of the 17 individuals pardoned by President Barack Obama today was An Na Peng of Hawaii who was indicted by a grand jury in 1966 for allegedly providing answers to immigrants seeking naturalization. Peng was employed by a testing facility and... Read More