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    Matter of Moncada-Servellon, Int. Dec. No. 3549, 24 I&N Dec. 62 (BIA 2007)

    Headnote: "The exception to deportability under section 237(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(B)(i) (2000), for an alien convicted of possessing 30 grams or less of marijuana for his own use does not apply...

    Free Training in Los Angeles: Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    Asylum & SIJS Training; February 9, 2007, UCLA School of Law. http://www.refugees.org/uploadedfiles/Participate/National_Center/SavetheDate09ii2007.pdf

    ILRC Forecast on Immigration Reform

    "With the November mid-term elections behind us and the 110th Congress convened, what is the prognosis for immigration reform? While it would be an uphill fight, reform could be enacted this year, given both the public?s demand that Congress fix...

    Fifth Circuit on Retroactivity, 212(c)

    "Carranza claims that she deferred her application for § 212(c) relief in order to establish a stronger record of rehabilitation, in reliance on the continued availability of § 212(c) relief. Because the BIA erred in finding her ineligible to apply...

    CBP on WHTI-January 24, 2007

    "Now, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will require all travelers to and from the Americas, the Caribbean, and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted form of documentation to enter or reenter the United States. The program will be rolled...

    Bush SOTU: Immigration

    From President Bush's State of the Union speech, Jan. 23, 2007: "Extending hope and opportunity in our country requires an immigration system worthy of America - with laws that are fair and borders that are secure. When laws and borders are routinely...

    ACLU Sues U.S. Immigration Officials and For-Profit Corrections Corporation Over Dangerous and Inhumane Housing of Detainees

    "SAN DIEGO - The American Civil Liberties Union today joined a lawsuit on behalf of immigration detainees at San Diego Correctional Facility, charging that chronically severe overcrowding places detainees? health and safety at risk and is unconstitutional...

    Seventh Circuit on Egypt, Coptic Christians

    "The IJ?s determination that Boctor was persecuted for reasons unrelated to religion is not supported by substantial evidence and must be reversed. Accepting (as the IJ did) the credibility of Boctor?s testimony, the record compels the conclusion...

    Cybersoftec Visa Scammer Sentenced

    "NEWARK - An Indian national was sentenced today to 20 months in federal prison for immigration fraud for fraudulently assisting hundreds of immigrant aliens to live and work illegally in New Jersey and elsewhere in the United States, U.S. Attorney...

    Building Bridges, Not Walls: CLINIC 2007 Convening

    "CLINIC?s 10th Annual Convening will offer workshops and plenary sessions on selected topics of interest and import to immigration practitioners. Workshops are designed to offer practical information and valuable practice pointers." May 9...

    14th Am. Top ABA Issue

    The ABA Journal lists seven top issues that will occupy lawyers in 2007. At the head of the list is the issue of so-called "anchor babies." See the first entry, by Margaret Graham Tebo. http://www.abanet.org/journal/redesign/01fnext.html

    Symposium: Holes in the Fence

    Immigration Reform and Border Security in the United States. March 20, 2007; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; Washington College of Law - 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW - Washington, DC 20016 - 202-274-4000. http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/founders/2007/070320.cfm

    Tenth Circuit on Streamlining, Credibility

    "The BIA concedes that the IJ's analysis of Mr. Sarr's testimony was incomplete. It upheld the IJ's adverse credibility finding based upon two inconsistencies that, if they existed at all, were too minor to constitute substantial evidence...

    USCIS NATURALIZATION TEST REDESIGN

    "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revising the naturalization test to create a test and testing process that is standardized, fair and meaningful. A standardized and fair naturalization test will include uniform testing protocols...

    Refocusing Border Efforts

    "To enhance U.S. border security, Congress needs to end its divisive and futile debate regarding immigration and adopt a more realistic and less ideologically-driven approach." Center for American Progress, Jan. 23, 2007. http://www.americanprogress...

    FOIA EAJA Fee Victory

    A journalist for WIRED magazine filed a FOIA request for documents related to US-VISIT. He ended up having to sue, and he won. Here's one link to the story. Scroll to the bottom of the story for a link to the EAJA fee award order. [Poulsen v. USCBP...

    Chertoff on Material Support Exemption

    "A select group of foreign nationals have been unable to pursue the protections provided by our refugee and asylum laws because they have been uniquely victimized by terrorist groups. This group as a whole does not represent a threat to our homeland...

    Non-Profit Legal Assistant Job Opening in Austin

    The Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA) is seeking a legal assistant to assist with its family-based immigration program. Legal Assistant - PAPA.pdf

    Second Circuit on Hizbollah, Lebanon

    "The IJ determined that Kourani's testimony was credible, but nevertheless held that Kourani failed to establish that (1 ) his uncle was killed by Hizbollah and (2) Hizbollah targeted him because he refused to join their cause. There is not substantial...

    Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment

    "The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President in December 2003, requires the Department of State to submit to the Congress an Interim Assessment of the progress made in combating...

    Wage Claim in New York

    "New York Labor Law applies to undocumented workers as well, and, just as the IRCA does not interfere with the protections of the FLSA and the NLRA, it does not prevent application of New York Labor Law in this action." Pineda v. Ken-Tech,...

    Second Circuit on Albania-January 20, 2007

    "We cannot uphold the IJ's conclusion, affirmed by the BIA, that the presumption of a well-founded fear has been rebutted in this case, because the IJ's finding of changed country conditions is based on a factfinding and reasoning process...

    America's Human Rights Challenge

    International Human Rights Implications of US Immigration Enforcement Actions Post - September 11, by Susan Gzesh, Director, Human Rights Program, University of Chicago, for the Migration Policy Institute, June 2006. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs...

    Derivative Citizenship Victory

    FONCETTE v. BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION CUSTOMS AND ENFORCEMENT, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3243, January 17, 2007. Hats off to Jan Reiner and Bob Balaban. Foncette 1-17-07.pdf

    Return to the United States after Prevailing on a Petition for Review

    "This practice advisory contains practical and legal suggestions for attorneys representing clients who have prevailed on a petition for review or other legal action and who are outside of the United States." AILF, Jan. 17, 2007. http://www...