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The Consequences of Legalization Versus Mass Deportation

"In this report we describe the direct impacts of either deporting or legalizing undocumented workers. In reality, the effects would be much larger. Mass deportation, for example, would result in an indirect negative impact on local businesses because there would be less money circulating...

Waiting for Descamps: How the Supreme Court Might Save Your Crim/Imm Case

"The U.S. Supreme Court will issue a decision in the spring 2013 term in a criminal case, Descamps v. United States , that may have very beneficial implications for immigration cases. The issue relates to proper application of the categorical approach, which is the analysis used in federal proceedings...

New Mexico Supreme Court on Chaidez: Ramirez v. State

"In State v. Paredez, 2004-NMSC-036, ¶ 19, 136 N.M. 533, 101 P.3d 799, we held that a criminal defense attorney who represents a noncitizen client “must advise that client of the specific immigration consequences of pleading guilty” to pending charges. An attorney’s failure...

The Consequences of 1924: For Greg Siskind and Many Others, It's Personal

"I get so tired of hearing from anti-immigrants that their relatives came over the legal way. The vast majority of people who say this have no idea what it took to come to the US, but up until 1924, virtually anyone who wanted to immigrate to America and could afford the ticket could come. That...

Colo. Ct. App. on Withdrawal of Plea: People v. Corrales-Castro

"[W]e hold that, when, as here, a defendant shows that his or her guilty plea may have serious legal consequences under federal immigration law notwithstanding its withdrawal pursuant to section 18-1.3-102(2), the defendant may challenge the constitutionality of the plea under Crim. P. 32(d)."...