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CA5 on Asylum, Nepal, Nexus: Sharma v. Holder

"Nepalese citizen Khagendra Sharma petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denial of his application for asylum and withholding of removal under 8 U.S.C. § 1252(b) and the Convention Against Torture (CAT), arguing that he had been subjected to past persecution and feared...

Indiana Lawyer Suspended for ‘Illegal Alien’ Comment

"An Indiana lawyer has been suspended for 30 days for a comment about the immigration status of his divorce client’s spouse in a letter sent to opposing counsel and the judge in the case. The lawyer, Joseph B. Barker, wrote the letter in 2009 to protest his client’s lack of access to...

Federal Judge Encourages New Citizens to Shape Future of USA

Judge Sarah Evans Barker, a senior judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, appointed to the federal bench in 1984, delivered the remarks below to the 68 new citizens during a naturalization ceremony Nov. 17, shortly after the nation’s recent elections: "For...