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FBI arrests 4 Conn. police; racial profiling against Latinos charged

"The FBI arrested four police officers just before dawn Tuesday morning, alleging a conspiracy that one official called “a cancerous cadre” of “bullies with badges” to deprive some residents, particularly Latinos, of their constitutional rights. The four officers were...

Settlement of Detainers Lawsuit in Connecticut: Brizuela v. Feliciano

On Feb. 19, 2013, Muneer I. Ahmad, Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School wrote: "Students in our Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic announced a settlement in Brizuela v. Feliciano , a suit filed in federal court last year challenging the honoring of immigration detainers by the Connecticut...

Connecticut First to Protect Immigrants from Federal Deportation Policy

"Connecticut is poised to become the first state to limit its participation in the federal Secure Communities program, a controversial immigration policy that turns local police against communities they serve. But it is too late for one New Haven resident who was arrested on false charges."...

CA2 on CIMT, Mens Rea: Efstathiadis v. Holder

"Under federal immigration law, Efstathiadis’ removal turns on whether the crime he was convicted of—C.G.S. § 53a‐73a(a)(2)—is a CIMT. The answer to that question, in turn, implicates the level of mens rea applicable to C.G.S. § 53a‐73a(a)(2)’s lack of consent element...

Conn. Sup. Ct. - Deportee Can't Cite Padilla To Nix '07 Plea: Thiersaint v. Comm.

"The Connecticut Supreme Court refused Monday to toss the drug conviction of a man facing deportation to Haiti, rejecting his request to retroactively apply a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that requires lawyers to warn clients of the immigration implications of their pleas. In a 4-3 decision...

CA1 on Agg. Fel., Crime of Violence: Villanueva v. Holder

"This is a petition for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) determination that petitioner Fredy Villanueva is ineligible for consideration for discretionary relief from removal under a special program. The BIA's result depends on an analytical error, and petitioner is eligible for...

CA1 on Aggravated Felony: Whyte v. Lynch

Whyte v. Lynch, Dec. 9, 2015 - "Because Whyte was convicted in 1999 of third-degree assault under a Connecticut statute, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a–61(a)(1), the Board of Immigrations Appeals ("BIA") ordered his removal, reasoning that the Connecticut offense was categorically a...